Red Hot Chili Pepper’s career has been extremely long and successful, so when this album was released there was the clear assumption that it’d be another great album. However, this time things are different. The band is no longer working with their long-time producer Rick Rubin who produced the band’s largely successful 1991 album ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’, on this album they’re working with Danger Mouse instead. So this is certainly an album that take Red Hot Chili Peppers outside of their comfort zone, both in a positive and negative manner.
It’s a really different album from what you’d expect from them, it’s more mature and lacks a lot of the punk side that the band tends to show in balance to their funkier side. As a major fan of their albums ‘Mother’s Milk’, ‘The Uplift Mofo Party Plan’, ‘What Hits?!’, and the legendary ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ release, I was expecting the craziness that the band tends to depict in their music, it’s what makes them so cool. Instead, in this album I feel them ageing. Although in some respects that may be a positive thing, one side of me just wants that late 80s-early-90s RHCPs era back again! Putting all of that aside, I still believe this is a good album that grows on you with its charisma and eagerness to be heard on the radio.