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Review of Stadium Arcadium Album by Red Hot Chili Peppers


Red Hot Chili Peppers
Stadium Arcadium
Album Review

When bands say 'we couldn't throw away any of the songs, and had to release this as a double album,' those words should strike fear into the hearts of all right-thinking listeners. Unfortunately, it is true of Stadium Arcadium. The flabby choice of music, and rote playing, suggest that it's the standards that have dropped, rather than the Chilis finding any new songwriting level. There are good songs scattered about, such as the single Dani California, or Slow Cheetah, but the band strike out often, such as when they try to rediscover the funk rock feel of Blood Sugar Sex Magik on Hump De Bump, or when they aim at slow balladry. Their ninth album is a long way from their best, even if you iPod it and select your own 12 favourite tracks.


Mike Rea

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rhcpgirl's picture


i think you guys have nothing better to do than criticize great musicians like the chili peppers who have been doing music for over 20 years, in this new album they combined their old funk with new stuff and i think it's a great album! don't mean to be rude but i don't think it's nice that you go off criticizing them

8 years 7 months ago
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catholic school girl's picture

catholic school girl

As a music reviewer myself I understand that opinion makes up 75% of a review as one only has his own judgement on which to base his review. Fair play. However, the purpose of a review is to try and examine the album and give the reader an overall impression of what to expect, and include criticism as necessary. I cannot understand why Mike Rea would try and pass off the above comments as a review. I agree that there are a few fillers and that the Chilis could have compacted their new songs into one, perfect CD, but for a band spanning 20 odd years and nine albums I think they have a right to show off all that they are proud of don't you? Their best it mayn't be, but is it really worth comparing every album a band make to their past successes/failures? Personally I think this new album is a treat and demonstrates a tantalising mixture of old and very new. Rock the funk on!

8 years 6 months ago
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ladyday's picture


Criticize all you like but what you have to realise is that these men have grown up. Through all the trials and tribulations that life throws at us humans it is fitting that we grow and transform. This is what has happened and is happening to these four musicians who grace the musical stage. They have mixed up the music but all the time retaining their intention of musical honesty. The double album as a modern day product is hard to take, as society today finds the process of concentrating and being involved in an art form too taxing. I love this album and play it constantly and am already eager for the next release.

8 years 5 months ago
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