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Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘Unlimited Love’

Warner Bros.
John Frusciante, Foo Fighters, Audioslave, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine
Release Date
April 1, 2022
Warner Bros.
Alternative/Funk Rock

Red Hot Chili Peppers need no introduction, since their 1983 debut, the band have been consistent in their releases and although the recent years have a been a little restless, guitarist John Frusciante is back in the creative seat and with bands recent release ‘Unlimited Love’, it really shows.

‘Unlimited Love’ begins nice, slow and easy with the guitar and vocals giving a Celtic feel which allows the album melt into a hazy summer aura. Then the nostalgic warm voice of Anthony Keidis begins, and the album is instantly welcomed like an old acquaintance. There are nods to their past through Keidis’ dynamics providing watery and wavy reflections inside works of fantasy and brilliance delivered through intricate and as always puzzling and enigmatic lyrics. Each song here is different, it has its own identity through attention seeking basslines and steady drumbeats are sublime creating empyrean imagery whilst ‘Unlimited Love’ is given a boost of funk/soul goodness by dropping in a full horn section. However, clocking in a mighty 170 mintues, it is a veracious feel of tenderness within the laid back rock style of 17 songs with tracks like ‘Whatcha Thinkin’’ being a jam session which reflects the impish and frisky soul energy whilst at the same time being affluent and confident that they have found their swagger again. This could partly be due to having Rick Rubin back at the production helm and his return being the best for everyone.

As with a lot of RHCP stuff, there are times when the listener gets Deja Vu, but it is just their signature sound making an appearance and their fanbase will be able to live with that. ‘Unlimited Love’ never tires, it has its own unique energy and with 50 songs being recorded in the making of this album, a follow up of more to come is on the cards.

"Unlimited Love never tires"

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