Red Hot Chili Peppers - I'm With You
Is this a typical Red Hot Chili Peppers album? Yes and no. Do they still rock? Yes. Not in quite the same way however. I will be the first one to say it and get it out of the way, they do seem to be missing something without John Frusciante. To point that out one only needs to look to the new single and video, "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie." On their last album their first video/single, "Dani California," was an incredibly well thought out showcase of the band dressed as rockers throughout history with an awesome rock song to match. That double album was chock full of incredible songs. In contrast the video for Rain dance Maggie is lazy has no real theme and the song is one of my least favorite on the album. If I were to buy this track as an I-tune it would be one I most likely would be deleting as soon as I gave it a listen. But all is not completely lost there are some tracks that do rock and I do have some favorites.
In my opinion the best and most rocking track on the album is "Goodbye Hooray," with distorted guitars throughout it reminds me a lot of a Frusciante type track and I think it will benefit the band greatly live. A few other tracks, "Monarchy of Roses," "Look Around," "Did I let you know," are bound to satisfy fans of the past 3 albums as they are deeply rooted in RHCP style rock. I also have to give a nod to Keidis and Klinghoffer for the back and forth vocals between the two on, "Did I Let You Know," it was great sounding and works well.
"Ethiopia," isn't a bad song if you can past Keidis starting every verse with, "E-I-O-I-E-I-A!" which kind of turns me off to the track, but the chorus/bridge/ending are pretty good. "Brendan's Death Song," isnt so bad either. I'm assuming their is a story behind the name and song, possibly that will work for them to gain more interest in the track.
"Police Station," a little more of a low key track I found very interesting. There is a piano part that plays in it that is unlike anything I have heard from RHCP to date but it evokes so much emotion, it is incredible. Something I notice about the album overall is more bass prominence on a lot of the tracks. Possibly with the absense of so much guitar as on previous albums you are more able to appreciate how talented Flea is as a bass player.
Overall I would have to say this isn't my favorite or even my second favorite Red Hot Chili Peppers album, but it isn't all horrible. There are some tracks I love, some I don't mind but also some that I really can't stand. I do think that the album is good enough to keep their careers on track however if this album becomes A-typical for future albums I find it unlikely that they would continue topping the charts. After all this is a band known for pulling off Diamond status on their albums and "I'm with you" is hardly Diamond worthy.