Red Hot Chili Peppers – Unlimited Love

6/10

Sooooo, 73 minutes of Chili Peppers. They do long albums. That is not all good here. The minutes feel a bit long at times. Start with a negative to really entice the reader to keep reading. Suicide?

What I have always liked with the Peppers is that they have a very specific way of building songs. Or the songs go a bit of here there and everywhere. But the magic between the craftsmen behind the instruments seldom have a low level.

Unfortunately, it gets a little bit a lot of fillers. On many previous albums you have quite a few songs where the bass, the spaced-out guitar or the shifts in tempo or melody keeps you on the edge of your seat.

On this album I only really find one song that makes me completely interested and want to sway like Flea with the bass to the music. “Veronica” is that tune. It has the same sort of infatuating build as “Breaking the Girl” or “I Could Have Lied” from “Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic”.

I like all the albums they have done from that release. A lot. All of them have songs (not song) that are timeless in my book. This does not hit me in the same manner.

Another thing I miss on this album is a strong finisher. There is no “Road Trippin” or “Venice Queen” here at all. It has quite a boring tune in “Tangelo”. It is just flat.

Like said, the quality of the music and the performance of each individual musician can not be complained about. Nor can the vocals. Kiedis sounds as vibrant now delivering lyrics as he did belting out “Under The Bridge” some 30 years ago.

Flea´s bass lines are always interesting to listen to, Frusciante is back for a third time and that bodes for a more complete line up. It is just a shame that the songs are not there with the same consistent quality as I have perceived them on previous releases.

Compared to other releases they have I’ve been listened to for years. This I think I am not going to bring out so much longer that during 2022. Apart from “Veronica” that is. Smashing track and it shows the band still can create magic.

 

Band: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Title: Unlimited Love
Label: Warner Records
Date of release: 2022-04-01
Rate: 6/10
Stand Out Track: Veronica
Country of Origin: USA
Playing Time: 73 minutes

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Unlimited Love

April 7, 2022

Unfortunately, it gets a little bit a lot of fillers. On many previous albums you have quite a few songs where the bass, the spaced-out guitar or the shifts in tempo or melody keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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