It’s been five years since an album from the last Red Hot Chili Peppers was released, and that was five years too long if you ask me. The new album titled “The Getaway” is layered in funky rhythms, laid back tunes, and peppered with a bit of their old school original sound. The band is sticking with their post-Californication sound, and that’s ok by me.
I found the majority of the songs on this record to follow a pattern; the main rhythm of each song (paced at a head-bobbing speed) was matched with a slower, more methodical chorus. Although the songs followed this pattern, the variety of instruments used and the alteration of the sound coming from the instruments, gave each song their own identity. I noticed organs, wood flutes, and other unique instruments to the band layered throughout Flea’s catchy bass riffs and Josh Klinghoffer’s guitar solos, and it worked.
If I’d have to describe this record in one word I’d say, “smooth.” Don’t expect hard-hitting vocals and crazy, in-your-face bass riffs. The band keeps with their mellow sound laced with Anthony Kiedis’ long-drawn out vocals that surf over the rhythmic waves of the instruments. There are few songs that have a hard-hitting sound that take me back to “Suck My Kiss.”
A cool thing to point out is that Sir Elton John can be heard playing piano during the song “Sick Love.” The song is very similar to Elton’s “Bennie and the Jets” and because of that the band invited him to record with them. Pretty cool.
This is the eleventh studio album from the band and this is the first time that they were produced by Danger Mouse. Maybe that explains why the band seems to have a bit of a tweaked instrumental sound. There are thirteen songs on this album and that I’d say that there are six songs that I routinely listen to on it. My three favorite songs are Dark Necessities (a song that should have been on a Rocky soundtrack), The Longest Wave, and Sick Love.
CONSUME REVIEW REPEAT gives Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “The Getaway”…7 out of 10 knightings.