CD Review “The Getaway”

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CD Review
The Red Hot Chili Peppers recently released their 11th studio album on June 17th 2016. This is the band’s second full length album with Josh Klinghoffer, their guitarist whom replaced departed John Frusciante who’s last album with the band was Stadium Arcadium released in 2007. The Red Hot Chili Peppers new album titled “The Getaway” is a different change in style as opposed to their previous album “I’m with you” this album sees guitarist Josh Klinghoffer emerge from his shell and establish himself as creative force, behind the album. This album shows off Josh Klinghoffer’s guitar talent and his talent as a writer. Bass is a common instrument heard on any Red Hot Chili Peppers’ album, and in this album Flea has returned to his roots playing adding a funky hard hitting slap bass riff. This hard hitting bass is heard on the first single released titled “Dark necessities” also featuring some songs like “Go robot” Anthony Kiedis long standing vocalist of the band has taking a step back from funk-rap tendencies and has improved his singing and adding melody and rhythm to his funky lyrics. The Getaway has 13 songs, only on featured guest on the album. When writing the song “sick love” all members of the band noticed it sounded similar to and Elton John song, upon further listening the band realized it had a similar rhythm to Elton John’s smash hit “Bennie and the Jets” To avoid any copyright issues or the chance of it being called a “rip-off.” The band called up Elton John to come down and listen to the song and give his personal input and opinion. Upon hearing the song Elton John was a fan and offered to play piano on the song, giving the song his blessing an appraisal. That is something you would never expect hearing Elton John appear on an album by The Red Hot Chili Peppers. The second biggest change in “the Getaway” is the use of a new producer, since the album “Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik” released in 1991, the band has always used producer Rick Rubin. The band instead went with legendary producer “Danger Mouse” whose discography contains bands like: “Gnarls Barkley” “The Black Keys” “Gorillaz” “MF Doom” and many more. Josh Klinghoffer had already worked with Danger Mouse on projects like “Gnarls Barkley” so for Klinghoffer the connection was already there. Kiedis states that Danger Mouse had a different approach when recording. Kiedis stated that Danger Mouse would push and always try to help with improving Kiedis’ style and writing. And although it caused lots of frustration Kiedis states that in the end it was a positive approach which extended the band’s talents and has made the band want improve even more. In my opinion the album is a new era for the band on only cements The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ legendary status as a funky hard rocking band, which is still relevant. If you’re for some new music I suggest you pick “The Getaway.”

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