Red Hot Chili Peppers / I’m With You


I'm With You

I’m with You is the tenth studio album by Red Hot Chili Peppers. The album was released by Warner Bros. Records on August 26, 2011 in several countries[1] and on August 29 in the US, a day earlier than originally planned.[2][3][4] The album made its debut at number one in seventeen different countries including the United Kingdom while reaching number two in the United States and Canada.

Produced by Rick Rubin, it is the band’s first studio album to feature guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, following the departure of John Frusciante in 2009, and is their first since Stadium Arcadium in 2006, marking the longest gap, to date, between Red Hot Chili Peppers’ studio albums. The album’s first single, “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” was released to radio on July 15, 2011, three days earlier than expected due to the single leaking.[5]

Regarding the album, vocalist Anthony Kiedis noted, “there is no question – this is a beginning,” with drummer Chad Smith stating, “this is a new band. Same name, but it’s a new band.”[6]

The band’s official site held a global listening party on August 22, 2011 where they streamed the entire album. Various radio stations throughout the world began playing tracks on the same date leading up to the album’s release.[7] The full album was also made available to stream for free on the iTunes Store.

The Analysis:

Monarchy Of Roses—-When this first track begins with a bit of feedback and noise, you settle yourself for yet another typical Chili Peppers release. Once the vocal hits, you are at once noting that this sounds different…fresh and updated…modern and new…with the trademark basslines in tact, even the vocal from Anthony…..generally predictable seems to be a bit subdued and filled with remarkable emotion….this is one of my favorite tracks on this release and a FANTASTIC way to start out the CD!!!!

Factory Of Faith—-Beginning with that remarkable Flea bass line, this has that rather familiar Peppers funk groove…..but it never takes you back in time…rather instead propels you forward into the future. Keidis delivers line after line that is comprehensible and offers up even a bit of rather pleasant singing rather than the shouting he has become known for as of late. This has some nice sonic leads, the drums are phenomenal and Flea has never sounded better. This is…the best the Peppers have managed in over 10 years!

Brendan’s Death Song—-Heartfelt and somber, yet remarkable poignant and touching. This is perhaps the best ‘ballad’ the Peppers have ever managed in their very long career. The guitar is gentle and pushed to the back, while Anthony has a vocal pushed to the front but delivered with an incredible emotion and realness. this is another favorite for me….when this band states a ‘new beginning’, they are not joking. This is perhaps one of the best tracks this band has ever produced!!!!

Ethiopia—-Again, the intro to the track offers up the magic of flea and his bass line that in undeniable. Anthony enters with a vocal that hearkens back to the older days of the band, yet somehow sounds remarkably fresh and new.  There are nice overlays or added vocals that make the song sound so much larger than it already does. Keidis actually sings more on this record than I have heard in a long time….and underneath all of the sounds on this track is a remarkable throwback to the 80’s that makes me smile!

Annie Wants A Baby—-This is so laid back and relaxed from the onset that you actually feel yourself falling in the groove that Flea produces. This is magic….Anthony again delivers a vocal that instead of being over the top is more subdued and acceptable…making it easier and easier to listen to this CD 10 or 12 times in a row. This is a remarkable step in evolution for the band…..I love this CD!!!!

Look Around—-Returning to full on Metal/Funk that the Peppers are known for, Anthony enters with his rap styled vocal that is almost welcome at this point in the release. This is ELECTRIFYING!!!! This is not generic stuff, but this is instead classic Peppers funk…..the guitars are magnificent…the percussion is so important and the lines come at you rapid fast……I love this…another really favorite track of mine…..even Anthony seems to feel comfortable with the subdued but genuine nature the song is delivered in.

The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie—-Funny how the lead off single to the release is the only track I can’t stand…..they should have taken a chance and released something else. I don’t care for this at all!!!!

Did I Let You Know—-Really nice that this track starts with drums rather than a familiar and predictable bass line…..the sound is remarkable. there is a nice layered sound to this song…the instruments run underneath the vocal but are still incredible important. Anthony sounds in such good voice and the addition of some back drop female singers gives the song an even more soulful sound…..congrats Rick Rubin…you are a master. And the Trumpet…..WOW!!!!

Goodbye Hooray—-From the onset, this is an all out assault of funk and noise. Remarkable for this band because they magically keep everything organized and intact during the delivery. The backdrop vocals add so much to the song…making it sound so large and more filled out. I absolute love this CD…for me there is only one bad track on the entire damn thing….a HUGE accomplishment as far as I’m concerned….and at this point in the release, Anthony has not gotten on my nerves…WOW!!!!

Happiness Loves Company—-Introduced by piano!!!! Well….it only gets better from there. Even the rapid fire vocal from Anthony can’t deter the fun that this song manages to produce as it evolves. this is just pure fun…there is a huge bass line…galloping drums and a laid back sunny feel to the song that belies the title. This is extraordinary….I love this!

Police Station—-Coming out at you slowly and evolving like a classic Maiden track or something, the song seems to grow and grow as it progresses. Anthony enters with his vocal and it is so laid back and lazy that I smile without even wanting to. This is bright, dark, breezy and stale all at the same time. I am in love with this band like I was 20 years ago…it is nice to know my heroes still exist and are alive and well!!!!

Even You Brutus?—-Taking a bit to get started, this is well worth the wait. Keidis delivers lines that are almost impersonating Eminem…..this is lively, funky and filled with the hopping fun that fits well with the back catalog of many of the bands past songs. this is fueled by a keyboard that is right in the front of the mix…and lots of sounds that are added into the mix…this is fantastic!!! I love this CD…..oh, did I say that already?

Meet Me At The Corner—-Returning to the trademark bass intro from Flea, the vocal is almost immediate and is a bit subdued and real as fuck!. The backdrop vocals are still here and add so much to the mix of the song…the percission with the trademark cowbell is really nice as is the lead guitar fixation on squeaky interludes. This is just a classic Peppers track…..I could never ask for more from this band…except to ask for more…hoping we don’t have to wait 5 years for another dose!

Dance, Dance, Dance—-Ending this STELLAR FREAKIN’ RELEASE, this track is a bit more subdued than I expected, but none the less leaves me with a huge thirst in my throat for something even more from this new life band that has surprised me after all of these years…..looking forward to the future of the Peppers…..this is a whole new beginning.

***** out of 5 [!!!!!]

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