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Album review: The Getaway, by Red Hot Chili Peppers

I´ve been a fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, or RHCP, since Californication. Around the World rocked my, well, world, and still does. By the Way´s Can´t Stop made me fall in love with the slightly-less-funky 16-track masterpiece, and as it just happened, Dark Necessities – the latest single from RHCP´s eleventh album The Getaway – reminded me of how much I used to enjoy the band´s music.

A weird move, RHCP decided to release the three first songs of The Getaway in the last few weeks, which you can listen to after the break in case you haven´t already. (I have, SO MANY TIMES.)

The Getaway stays true to the funky-ness that characterises the Red Hot, but does´t envoke the foursome´s initial work. I would dare to say it has a mix of sounds from Californication and By The Way (and probably a little bit of Stadium Arcadium.) It is a record you can listen to when chilling in your room, although it will get you pumped at times. Most of the tracks include excellent guitar and bass solos, either in the middle or the end.

This Ticonderoga is one of the most “rock” songs in The Getaway, although it alternates between full speed guitars and piano and funky drum bridges. Encore, the eleventh track, transported me back to Californication´s mindful Scar Tissue, while closing Dreams of a Samurai had an Under-the-Bridge piano intro and overall calmness – the heavy-rock repetitive chorus breaks that calm – that finished The Getaway.

I definitely have to – and believe me, will – listen to The Getaway more times to make up my mind, but based on first impressions, RHCP´s latest album will give fans more material to rock their stereos full volume.

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