Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway (Warner Bros.)

Coming back with their 11th official studio release, the Red Hot Chili Peppers exhibit a delicate balance between maturity and patience on The Getaway. With the second RHCP album under the belt for Josh Klinghoffer he has added his background of electronica-avante-garde-art-rock, while still keeping the groove of Frusciante’s unforgettable minimalist rock-funk. The Chili’s are finding a steady ground to stand on in the warm confines behind the mixer of a recording studio.

The album opens up with the title track “The Getaway” an electronic influenced song channeling  Radiohead circa In Rainbows. “Dark Necessities” the first single off the The Getaway features a piano as a new driving element for RHCP, juxtaposed with the timeless Flea slap-bass – the new beauty mixed with the classic Chili edge. “We Turn Red” sees an orchestral driven chorus with a slow guitar funk riff leading the Anthony Kiedis through the verse.

The album sees the band progress into its two biggest radio friendly pop tracks on “Sick Love” and “Go Robot.” They’re both good. SL is bright and joyful, Robot is fun and funky, both are heavily produced. Moving on, The Getaway seems to do just that as we progress into a punk garage band with “Detroit” and “This Ticonderoga”, perhaps they are channeling glimpses of Keidis’ punkish childhood. The album finishes off beautifully with “Dreams of a Samurai.”

Overall, good not great. I like the old stuff better. Keep Klinger, he’s alright too. But hey you gotta give it to the guys. Getting old, trying to stay fresh. That’s what this is all about.

RIYL: Radiohead, The Flaming Lips, Pearl Jam

Play: 2,6,7,13

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