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'Californication' is the seventh studio album from The Red Hot Chili Peppers. It follows 'One Hot Minute' and preceedes 'By The Way' in order of releases.
The album was released on June 8th 1999 and is produced by Rick Rubin.
Californication is a notable album in the Chili Peppers' career as it marks not only a notable change in both musical direction and subject matter, but is also the return of John Frusciante to the band.
After the death of the bands' original guitarist (Hilel Slovak) John Frusciante joined the RHCP, featuring as the bands' lead guitarist on both 'Mothers Milk' and 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik'. After the BSSM album John Frusciante left the band, due to a mixture of his personal issues with becoming famous and his increasing addiction to Heroin. Dave Navarro took over as the bands' lead guitarist for 'One Hot Minute', before Frusciante rejoined the band (in a clean and healthy state) for Californication.
This album is considered amongst many RHCP fans (including myself) to be the bands' best studio album. Whilst this is up for debate, what it certainly true is that this album launched the band into the mainstream charts and helped make them into the hugely famous band they are today. The album produced several hit singles for the band, including 'Otherside', 'Scar Tissue' and the album's title song 'Californication'.
ALBUM TRACK LISTING:
1. "Around the World" - 3:58
2. "Parallel Universe" - 4:30
3. "Scar Tissue" - 3:35
4. "Otherside" - 4:15
5. "Get on Top" - 3:18
6. "Californication" - 5:21
7. "Easily" - 3:51
8. "Porcelain" - 2:43
9. "Emit Remmus" - 4:00
10. "I Like Dirt" - 2:37
11. "This Velvet Glove" - 3:45
12. "Savior" - 4:52
13. "Purple Stain" - 4:13
14. "Right on Time" - 1:52
15. "Road Trippin'" - 3:25
This album is far more melodic than previous RHCP outings; the album also presents a new direction for the band - Greg Tate from Rolling Stone noted that 'while all previous Chili Peppers projects have been highly spirited, Californication dares to be spiritual and epiphanic.'
(SOURCE: Rolling Stone Magazine, cited at www.wikipedia.org)
I adore this album, while i'm not huge a huge fan of 'Get On Top', 'I Like Dirt' or 'Purple Stain', I truly love the other 12 songs on the album. Highlights for me include:
Around the World - a superb opening track that not only sets the standard and tone for the rest of the album but acts as a perfect bridge between previous Chili's style and this album. The verses feature typical Keidis 'rapping', while the chorus displays a far more melodic approach.
Californication - the album's hook-laden title track, it is an examination by Anthony Keidis of his perception of life and its' meanings. Lyrically it's typical of Keidis and is a fantastic title track.
Scar Tissue - arguably the best single released from the album, Scar Tissue has an exceptionally hooky and memorable guitar part. John Frusciante called the song his attempt to utilize two notes that are played far apart, but that produce a cool rythm. Frusciante said the song is a very simple example of the technique, but one that "sounds like me".
SOURCE: Blackett, Matt (September, 1999). "Return of the Prodigal Son." Guitar Player.
Road Trippin - probably just shades it as my personal favourite from the album; Road Trippin' is the album closer and is the story of John, Anthony and Flea's trip to Big Sur, just after Frusciante had decided to join the band. It's a story of friendship and companionship and is a perfect summation of how the rest of the band felt to have John Frusciante back making music with them. The guitar work in this song is also beautiful and is a clear nod to the picking technique featured in The Beatles' 'Blackbird'.
Overall I would recommend this album to anyone, not that i imagine their are too many people who haven't at least heard one or two songs from this album. A seminal record and one of my personal favourites of all time.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers - a band plenty of people like, but not that many people love or own their entire back catalogue. The reason? Well, arguably some of their oldest albums from back in the 80's (yes, they've been around that long) were uncoordinated, seriously lacked consistency and failed to break them into the mainstream. Then Blood Sugar Sex Magik came along with tracks such as Under the Bridge and Give It Away and hey presto they had arrived...and then they brought out One Hot Minute and they were back to square one. The next album had to be brilliant...say hello to Californication.
Released in June 1999 on Warner Bros, I'd happily like to point out it was the first album I ever brought that wasn't a ridiculous popular compilation CD. Produced by famous music producer Rick Rubin, it was the return to the band of the great guitarist of John Frusciante, after the arrival of Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro on One Hot Minute. This seemed to change their sound - perhaps mellow it out in a number of places, as hinted in some songs of Blood Sugar Sex Magik - and ultimately has released over 15 million albums worldwide to date.
The album is less spirited and more spiritual - that's not to say there's no energy - the opening track Around The World contains the infamous bass funk from bassist Michael 'Flea' Balzary and still provides the energy die-hard Peppers fans are after. One criticism I've regularly heard of the band, and having seen them live I can thoroughly accept it, is the strength of Anthony Kiedis' vocals. Being a studio recording, you expect some work to be done to them to make them closer to pitch perfect, and in their earlier albums, and even in One Hot Minute, his vocals were criticised. But here he seems to have found a comfort zone that compliments the music rather than stomp on it. He has a history of drug problems, and his autobiography; Scar Tissue, is a fascinating read, but this album contains a more melancholy approach on tracks such as Porcelain and Otherside which sound more familiar with a band such as the Smashing Pumpkins than the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
But this calmness does dissipate on tracks such as Parellel Universe and This Velvet Glove which contains the elements of funk that the band are famous for, and combining an anthemic rock chorus and in the case of Parellel Universe, something out of a futuristic Western film.
Now it's always hard to pick favourite songs out of an album like this, but my top three have to be Scar Tissue, Californication and Easily. The first two of that selection have grown to become two of the bands biggest hits, and Scar Tissue won a Grammy for Best Rock Song in 2000. Californication is a trip down the dark cultural side of Hollywood, with numerous references to popular culture such as Star Wars, David Bowie and Kurt Cobain. It's a complex song it terms of lyrics, which Kiedis should be proud of, and in terms of the music apparently it took ages for Frusciante to come up with the perfect riff for it - but once he did, it worked perfectly. As an add-on, lets not ignore Easily - it's rock verses combined with a melodic, almost soothing chorus are a great amalgamation but often the songs will be ignored in the grand scheme of things...but seeing as the band now have over two decades worth of songs to pick from, you can understand why.
One other song of note is the final track on the album - Road Trippin' - which sees simply a couple of acoustic guitars and Kiedis' vocals round off the album with a fast tempo track about a great road trip with friends. It was also released as a single from the album and is in stark contrast to tracks the band would have produced ten years previously. It shows maturity, but at no point think that means it's boring. Anything but that - well written, melodic, enjoyable rock music. Perfect.
Many bands have just one album that'll stand out over the course of a career. However, most bands' career don't last more than two decades. In the case of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, some fans will prefer Blood Sugar Sex Magik from 1991, others will prefer Californication from 1999...some may even prefer an album more recent such as By The Way (certainly their best effort since Californication). But whichever camp you sit in, here stand a band that have churned out music for so long, despite their struggles, and still come up trumps. A clear case in point is the masterpiece that is Californication.
I like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but I'm always a bit skeptical about them - I like their melodical work but I find their lyrics annoyingly quirky and incomprehensible, to the point that it seems that Anthony Kiedis just picked a bunch of words out of the dictionary. Nevertheless, their 1999 album Californication did make them a little more "mainstream", and therefore a little more tolerable in this regard, so sadly there's no more singing songs about turtles and coyotes. This is, though, also at the expense of a lot of their more jazzy and funky elements - this is more a soft rock album than their previous efforts.
The song list really is quite fantastic - there's a decent variety of soft and loud songs, and still some funky elements in there. John Fruasciante's return as the guitarist is very welcome, and he really creates some bewilderingly brilliant melodies here.
My two favourite songs on the album are Californication and Scar Tissue. Californication was the lead single from the album - it's very iconic and has an excellent music video also. It has numerous references to celebrity culture and also Kurt Cobain, and in that regard has put an indellible stamp on pop culture. It's one of their most accessible and probably their best known song. Scar Tissue is a more serene and meditative song with some amazing guitar work, and it was also a single.
As far as middle of the road RHCP go, this is my favourite album of theirs. It gets rid of some of their irritating quirkiness but does admittedly at the same time also reduce the funky elements down to something resembling alternative rock, and a lot of the melodies do sound quite samey. However, it's got great vocals and Frusciante's welcome return ensures that the guitar work is top notch.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers have been going along time. This is the first album of theirs I bought, it came out way back in 1999! Must admit wasn't overly keen on it at the time, but since, they have released other albums which I have really liked, I do tend to listen to this one more and enjoy it. So how good is it? Well here is what I think of each song:
1. Around the World - Not a huge fan of this song. Has that typical Chilli's sound but just does not quite do it for me. 6/10
2. Parallel Universe - Brilliant song. I love the intro. Fast pace of guitar and then the frums come in. Nice lyrics and very well sung. 9/10
3. Scar Tissue - Fabulous! What a song this is. Ten years on you still often hear it playing on TV and radio stations. There is just a haunting sound to this song. 10/10
4. Otherside - Another song I am a huge fan of. Great baseline pounds through the song. Is a real foot tapper. 9/10
5. Get On Top - Rubbish! Just very shouty, angry lyircs that make no sense. The band trying to be clever and its goes wrong. 5/10
6. Californication - Another masterpiece. This is another song you still hear a lot of. There are some stunning lyrics 'Little girls from Sweden dream of silver screen quotatiom, if you want these kind of dreams it Californication.' Think this is as good as it gets lyrically from the Chilli's, some stunning lyrics that make this a wonderful song! 10/10
7. Easily - Good song. A really good rock sound to this one. Fast paced and the song flows nicely. 8/10
8. Porcelain - A slow boring song. Just lacks and real substance and falls flat on it's face. 5/10
9. Emit Remmus - Nothing special here, the Chilli's seem to produce so many 'fillers' on their albums, this is another. 6/10
10. I Like Dirt - Poor again. Another very Chilli's song, but does nothing for me. 5/10
11. This Velvet Glove - Much better. Back to that classic sound. Some good lyrics and a powerful chorus. This song makes up for some of the earlier poor efforts. 8/10
12. Savior - A bit mediocre again. Not to much to say about this one really. 7/10
13. Purple Stain - Is really a stain on the album! Trash! Why do they put these songs on the album? 5/10
14. Right On Time - Somebody kill me! Awful! Although the chorus redeems it slightly. 5/10
15. Road Trippin - Nice finish. Chilled out little song, has everything a good chill out tune should. 8/10
As with so many Chilli's albums there are just to many songs on here. If they got rid of the five worst songs, I think the album would be better for it! I don't understand why they feel the need to add rubish their albums. If you ignore the trash this is a great album, but for me they are on their so you can't ignore them. So I can only give this album 8/10
I remember the first time I knowingly heard a chili's song. It was in an art class when i was in year 8 and our teacher put the radio on to help bring out our creative sides (allegedley). On came a song called Scar Tissue by someone called the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It had been out for a few years but i'd never heard of it. Was i blown away?! Lucky for me i mentioned it to my sisters boyfriend who owned it and lent it to me.
Has there ever been a better opening song to an album? I'd say its up there. Track after track keeps coming at you. I'm a pretty fussy listener, on my ipod i dont bother with album tracks (got 80gb of memory so plenty of room), if its just there as filler it doesnt make it on my pod. The only song i skipped on this album is procelain. The rest is very much present and correct.
This album was the deserved entrance to the mainstream for the Chili's and they're now platinum sellers a few times over and tickets for thier live shows are like gold dust. This band rocks and this album rocks too!!
There is something on this album for everyone, funk, rock, acoustic, mellow, there is so much to enjoy. Although having owned all the RHCP albums, I have never really fully got into the straight out funk style of the albums before this one. I could enjoy certain songs and sounds at times but generally there were a few standout tracks and that was that.
But when I first listened to Californication, I was suprised and very pleased that they seemed to have taken the best bits of what they could do, and put it all together on such a great CD. They seemed to have produced a much more relaxed, mellow sounding CD, which is accompanied with a hypnotical booklet, with the front cover and title outlining what is to come on the CD. Compare the word 'Californication', which rolls of the tongue, to 'Freaky Styley' or Blood Sugar Sex Magik' and you will begin to understand which direction the album is heading.
Be it the soulful guitar riffs of John Frusciante, the head nodding bass parts of Flea or the harmoneous yet funky vocals of Anthony Keidis, each song can be enjoyed in a different way. The majority of the songs focus on a brilliant chorus which I find myself singing along to everytime I hear it, particularly 'Otherside' and 'Around the World'. Other songs can just relax you as they feel their way through, look out for 'Road Trippin', 'Saviour' and the brilliant 'Scar Tissue'.
Overall, a brilliant album comprising the best of the different styles of RHCP. A must buy.
1. Around the World
2. Parallel Universe
3. Scar Tissue
5. Get on Top
10. I like dirt
11. This Velvet Glove
13. Purple Stain
14. Right on Time
15. Road Trippin
I cannot express it enough how much i love listening to this amazing record from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Released in 1999, it was something of a comeback for the band because of two reasons: the return of John Frusciante and the fact that their previous effort, One Hot Minute, flopped.
Throwing away their hard-rock mood with which they experimented on OHM, Californication starts aggressive and really funky with an amazing song like 'Around The World'. You must have heard it a million times. That catchy chorus is really beautiful to hum along.
While not as funk-rock as Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Californication is an amazing record because of the various styles they incorporated. It becomes obvious here how the guitar takes over the bass. (A contrast with Chilis' earlier efforts). The lyrics have evolved greatly and John Frusciante's guitar is refreshing.
The best songs are without doubt the title track, sweet rocking ballad Scar Tissue and the haunting Otherside.
I'm sure you're familiar with the record if you're a Rock fan. If not, this is a must listen to everyone!
Californication is the 1999 album from America's funk/rock number one boys the Red Hot Chili Peppers. From the little that I know about the RHCP I believe they have been about on the music scene for 25 years and have battled with various demons through out that time. To be honest Californication is one of two of their albums that I am really familiar with.
Californication is wonderful mix of soulful funk, gentle romance and up beat rock. RHCP seem to me to have a great skill to produce very versitile music, and are certainly a collection of very accomplished musicians. They are also a bunch of very interesting characters who put on very entertaining live shows (with bass player Flea being my favourite).
Stand out tracks for me on the record would be 'Californication', 'Around the World' and the extremely beautiful 'Scar Tissue'.
You can buy this album for £6.95 with free P&P from 101cd.com, which I believe is the best current price available.
1999's 'Californication' marked a turning point for The Red Hot Chili Peppers. With it's melodic feel, it was arguably their first mainstream album. Gone were the majority (but not all) of the sexual references which dominated 'Blood Sugar Sex Magic', and the funkiness which defined the Chili Peppers sound was toned down to create a 'Rockier' album.
Californication also marked the return of John Frusciante, who replaced former 'Janes Addiction' member Dave Navarro as the band's guitarist. This perhaps was the catalist for the change in sound, as Frusciante had a lot of input regarding the albums musical direction.
The Chili's seventh album can't really be classified by genre, as it's the perfect combination of their old-style funkiness - as seen in track 5 'Get On Top', and straight-up alternative rock as depicted in the beautifully crafted 'Easily'.
Californication features so many classic tracks that it surely has to be ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time. The album showcases the sheer variety of music the chili's can produce - ranging from the downright funky 'Purple Stain' right through to the acoustic and beautifully harmonized 'Road Trippin'.
The distorted bass of 'Around the World' sets a frenetic opening pace which leads into a catchy chorus, whilst 'Parallel Universe' opens with an amazing guitar and bass combo which continues throughout.
Other tracks of note include the grammy winning 'Scar Tissue' with its mellow and melodic sing-a-long qualities, and 'Otherside' which is bass driven and beautiful. The title track 'Californication' is instantly anthemic, and features some powerful lyrics which could be classed as social-commentary.
The downside is the mastering of the album. It's been produced in a way which makes it as loud as possible. This is done by reducing the overall dynamic range of the sound, and creating a quality which is very harsh and difficult to listen to. There has been talk of a remastered version being released, which will be easier on the ear.
I'm not sure if this is the Red Hot Chili Peppers best album - as Blood Sugar Sex Magic is excellent - but in a funkier way. Californication is however fantastic, with all elements falling into place nicely. Anthony Kiedis' sounds very good - his voice at the peak of it's quality - Frusciante's riffs are daring and creative, and Flea's slap bass maintains a funky element to proceedings. Funnily enough, David Bowie had apparently asked to produce this album - I wonder how it would have differed in sound if he had.
I really recommend Californication, which achieved a much greater critical acclaim than it's predecessor 'One Hot Minute'. Give this album a go and you won't be disappointed.
P.S Check out 'Breadfan' by Budgie if you want to hear where the opening Riff from 'Around the World' was taken from.
The Chili Peppers again have a whole albums worth of tunes on 'Californication' and the band treads more-familiar funk-rap ground on cuts like 'Get on Top' and 'Right on Time', and on this album's 'Under the Bridge' reduxes - the title track 'Scar Tissue'. But songs like 'Otherside' and 'Porcelain' are delicate, vulnerable and volatile. This is the forst of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' albums on which you hear lead singer Antony Kiedis actually really sing and he demonstrates a hitherto unheard of impressive vocal range and control and he is aided by quality lyrics, as in 'Parallel Universe' which speaks of an 'underwater where thoughts can breathe easily/Far away you were made in a sea, just like me'. Bassist Flea is as driving as ever, and as a band altogether their songs on 'Californication' are something special and many claimed this album to be their best- no mean feat for a band having been together so long and released so much material.
The whole album is rock solid but for me the outstanding tracks are 'Scar Tissue', 'Parallel Universe' and 'Otherside'. I you are a fan of the Chilis then you will already have it, but for any other music lovers, this album is an absolute must-have.
Red hot chili peppers have had many albums over the years. I believe that through time as the members have matured so has the music. This album lies at a crossroad between the crazy, funky, heavy chili's and the more melody drivin and slightly more layed back chili's. In essence you have something for everyone here.I will take you a few of the more memorable songs on the album and tell you why every music lover should own this!
Im going to start with "around the world". Here we have a more traditionally chili's song. If you can learn the worlds its one to sing along to and the bass line to start it all is simply orgasmic!You do encounter some of the silly side of the chili's.Not silly in a bad way but in a way that shows these guys still have fun when they write music together. An example of this is the inclusion of crazy sounds rather than lyrics. It all works however!
Next up is the title track "Californication". This is a song you are bound to have heard. Its one of their more famous. The guitar is the dominant instrument i feel but its a solid song. The lyrics are beautiful and rather meaningful, not something you allways connect with the chili's! This is a song that shows the change in the sound of the chili's. Im not saying they havnt had slower songs beofre, just look at under the bridge. Im simply saying the greater proportion of songs seemed to sway towards a softer style. Tracks like otherside, scar tissue and road trippin also show this!
"easily", my favourite song on the album. Its funky and really uplifting!The end solo is a calaboration of itleast 3 guitars! I love the lyrics and the overall melody of the vocals. Songs like "i like dirt" and "right on time" are in a similar style to easily.
As you can see you do get a good mix. Some are powerful and funky. Some are stunningly beautifully written.
Im afraig I cannot write this review without mentioning Chad Smith. As a drummer I am rather fond of him and the style he plays in. Its allways funky. He keeps it simple when its called for and can rock out whenever he feels like it. He is a powerhouse. I suggest this album for drummers especially. Perhaps if I were a guiatr player I would go on about John. I do believe people from al waves of music would enjoy this album and you should give it a go!
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the most celebrated and popular rock bands of the last 20 or so years. They formed in 1983, and are fronted by Anthony Kiedis. Their album 'Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik' is probably their most cult album, and it is the one which I believ e is talked about the most.
'Californication' was released in 1999 following the band's reformation after guitarist John Frusciante nearly died due to drugs. It comprises 15 tracks, most notably its title track, 'Californication', which was released as a single and signified the band's return to the main stage. I find this album to be a bit more chilled than their other offerings, yet still stays true to the rock 'n' roll edge the Chilis have maintained throughout their career, albeit 'surfer' tagged!
These are the tracks:
1. Around The World
2. Parallel Universe
3. Scar Tissue
5. Get On Top
9. Emit Remmus
10. I Like Dirt
11. This Velvet Glove
13. Purple Stain
14. Right On Time
15. Road Trippin'
The mix of tracks is very professionally done. The range of songs is mixed up between the tracks so the listener never settles into a tempo and gets bored. The variety is well organised from the heavy guitar and drum sounds of 'Get On Top' to the melodic 'Porcelain', which is so relaxing it could send you to sleep (this is NOT a criticism). The commercial success of the title track and of 'Around The World' combine with the other tracks perfectly, and you get the feeling that any of them could have been released as singles and would have made it as commercial successes in any number of genres of chart. 'Road Trippin'' is a lovely way to end the album on a mellow note.
If I had to have a criticism, it is that, although the album is wonderfully composed and the music is brilliant, the tracks can blend quite easily. The Chili's style is all that makes this occur, though, because they have a particular style that is instantly recognisable.
I think the album has, to a certain extent, been forgotten on the commercial scene. It is not as popular on sites such as ebay and amazon as other artists' albums at the same time, and you do not see it so regularly on the high street. This could be down to the Chilis' relative quiteness in recent years. They no lopnger explode with a smash hit on a regular basis, but I like this - I almost like them more for it.
I rate this album at 4 stars. It is great, but not one I listen to on a regular basis. However, when I do, I listen to it all the way through and enjoy it.
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The album is available on amazon.co.uk from £2.09 new and used.
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This was the first Chili Peppers album that I bought after having listened to half a dozen tracks from it during a school skiing trip on a cassette player (which gives an idea of how long Ive had this thing).
The album Californication can be argued to be the most successful album of the chilis repertoire, indeed many people think this is only the second or third album by the band, not knowing the band much earlier, more funky sounding albums.
The Band at this time being Ant Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante and Chad smith, the former two being original members and the latter replacements for the late Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons.
Here is a list of songs and my feelings on them:
1. Around The World,
This track is for the hardcore fans of old, a funky song with intensely fast guitar moments, this track also has a much softer chorus that previous chilli songs, perhaps a signal that this album was another level of progression for the band. Wasnt 100% convinced by this song the first time I heard it but by crikey does it grow on you.
2. Parallel Universe,
This is quite a good song, the tempo of the song is fast without it being a kind of head banging rock and roll type fast. Lyrics of the song flow effortlessly with superb guitar work
3. Scar Tissue,
This has to be one of my top 10 fave songs on this album as that how good the overall quality is. This is a fairly mellow song as is common with a fairly significant portion of this album. Good use of guitar work and excellent vocals, this track is one to use when driving a convertible on a long lazy sunny afternoon.
This is easily the slowest, and most depressing song on the album, however despite lyrics such as slitting my throat is all I ever this song is so easy to listen to and despite its sombre mood doesnt get you down.
5. Get On Top,
Another fast paced song which flows with the ease that is concurrent throughout this album, lyrics are not the best, its more the rhythm of them that makes this song
The classic on this album, another slow song with excellent lyrics which can be listened to on any occasion. I could go on about the meaning behind this song but theres no point the song is just too good for it.
I love the pace of this song coming as it does directly after the slow pace of californication. This is a very guitar heavy song which adds to upbeat nature of it.
This a quite a short, very slow paced song. The main components of this song is the use of guitar and slow drums. Vocal use is very good, a song that can be listened to again and again.
9. Emit Remmus,
Opens with a good guitar riff, is quite a slow paced song yet quick at the same time, ends in a flourish of guitarism
10. I Like Dirt,
Love this song, a very fast paced guitary song. Lyrics accompany use of instruments to produce an easily listened to song.
11. This Velvet Glove,
Opens with a good guitar riff, which seems to stay there through the entire song. This song has the same tempo type as Emit Remmus which is what makes it so good.
Id have to say this is the weakest song on the album, does have bits of brilliance via guitars but the lyrics and rhythm which characterise other songs on this album just seem to be missing.
13. Purple Stain,
Quite a funky song, seems to stop and go with just enough rhythm to let you bop your head along to it. Lyrics are excellent as is guitar work.
14. Right On Time,
A very upbeat song towards the end of the album, much in the same vein as Around The World, this highlights the Chilis use of funk music to produce yet another easily listened to song.
15. Road Trippin,
A slow tempo song but still good, Soft use of guitar and vocals combine to produce and excellent easily listened to song.
Great! ive chosen to review the most highly reviewed album by one of the most highly reviewed bands. I should be reviewing Rachael Stamp, she has only one review. Unfortunately i dont have any of her material to review, if anybody feels like sending me some free material, id be more than happy to. Back to the point in hand. This review may well fall into the 'once read forever forgotten' catergory of chilli reviews, but hay (is what horses eat and those annoying gets on 'friends' say far to often), what the hell. Back in 1999 i went driving in new Zealand. 'Californication' is really the only album i needed to take. Why? the answer, rather like this review is simple. This isnt a holiday review but i feel that if i describe NZ i can describe this album. Bare with me. Like smell, music can evoke the memory of a person place or thing far better than anything else. Think of all the good times in your life. More often than not there is a song/album that goes with it. Am i correct? Now think of all the bad depressing times of your life. IS there a song/album that goes with it? thought so. Now, there are 15 tracks on this album. I wont describe them all cause lifes to short. I will describe a few. 1.Around the world. Fleas opening bass line is a wake up call to those who had forgotten about the chilli peppers (note: the chilli peppers first name was "tony flow and the miraculously majestic masters of mayhem"). it deep and fast. This is a road song. a song for driving fast on long open roads. It is also a tough song that requires tough landscape, volcanoes should do. They have these in New Zealand, if you cant find any, try the peak District. 'all around the world 'we could make time 'rompin and stompin 'cause im in my prime rock on 3. Scar Tissue. 'Autums sweet we call it fall 'ill make it to the moon if i h
ave to crawl 'with the birds ill share 'this lonely view Soft, gentle. The 3 slide guitar, lets call them interludes, are sublime. The chorus is heart felt. Almost beautiful. Required ingredients: Driving on a quite country road, the sun should be setting in the pink sky to your left, your women to your right. (were in the southern hemisphere remember?) 5. Get on top 'hit me come get me i bite but she bit me' Road rage, or a crash. raw. 6/ Californication This, the title track is brilliant. its a tribute to all things rotten in Hollywood. 'pay your surgeon very well 'to break the spell of ageing 'little girls from sweden 'dream of silver screen quotations' you get the idea. The D/G arpeggio is simple yet elegant. This is a favourite with MTV and rightly so. This album caters for every need. Heartfelt sunsets, Insane midnight driving, intraspective misty mornings and the raucus midday cruising. Its all there, now you need a car, a beautiful women and a good stereo. Hit the road Jack.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Around The World
2 Parallel Universe
3 Scar Tissue
5 Get On Top
10 I Like Dirt
11 This Velvet Glove
13 Purple Stain
14 Right On Time
15 Road Trippin