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The band known as Red Hot Chili Peppers were… fuck it. Here’s the review.
Mellow and laid-back seemed to be the feelings The Chili Peppers were aiming for on The Getaway as, aside from a few songs, most of it plays along fairly calmly (at least compared to most previous releases), as well as just enough sound for songs to not feel sparse.
However, there are some tracks that are a bit more up-tempo (“Goodbye Angels”, “This Ticonderoga”) that help balance the album, coming in at the right points in the tracklist to help keep the album flowing smoothly.
Despite the uptempo tracks being in the minority, the band play everything with energy and enthusiasm, with nothing feeling lazy.
The album works well, although the tracks do feel a bit weaker than they could have been. Much of the material feels a bit too safe. There isn’t anything wrong with that, but the songs feel as though they should be a bit harder-hitting than they are. Still, the songs work well together and flow in a smooth order.
With that being said, tracks such as “The Longest Wave” and “Go Robot” feel as though they needed a bit more work than the other tracks. They feel a bit weaker than the rest of the album.
Probably what would be a real standout track that both calls back to where they’ve been whilst pushing forward would be the closing track, “Dreams of a Samurai”. It has an expansive, atmospheric sound that, whilst feels out of place with the rest of the album, also works quite well as the closer. It feels as though it’s reminiscing sadly, yet also feels somewhat uplifting without being overblown.
Whilst everyone plays well, Josh Klinghoffer’s performance is notworthy, as both he and the rest of the band seem more comfortable with him than on I’m With You. His playing is fitting much better into where the sound of RHCP is at the moment allowng the band to sound less confused and more expansive.
Anthony Kiedis’ lyrics still aren’t the greatest, but he’s delivering them with enough sincerity for them to not feel forced and phoned in. It would be nice for them to be better developed, but they work.
The Getaway is an album that shows that Red Hot Chili Peppers aren’t quite done.
There are some miss-steps and It’s not great by any measure, but it’s pleasant enough to listen to.
Overall, it works well, but more importantly, it’s an indicator that they still can make good music.