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I have always been a basic bloodsugarsexmagic fan, with its eclecticism (pop, funk, ballad, rock… = fusion). The problem is that this album has always been reduced to the only “Under the bridge” ever since and consequently I have been ghetto-ised. Poor me.
One Hot Minute (1995) was excessive in every way, especially in terms of production and of wah-wah. Moreover, the album was stained with some kind of “generation hits syndrome” which disappointed me at first and then gradually disgusted me. Californication (1999) was another good attempt at mixing genres in a more pop atmosphere.
me, By The Way is RHCP’s worst album up to date. There are only plain
boring love pop songs on this pointlessly long album. There is no overdrive or
imagination, but there is way too much irritating back vocals. I suppose that
the Red Hot Chili Peppers are trying to become the perfect prom’ night band,
now that they have decided to make music for the masses. Some may call this
maturity, I call this a failure. It is impossible for me to point out one good
song, except the eponymous single which is not so bad compared to the rest of
this painful album.
Judge by yourself : listen first.
/sept 1st 2002/