I’m With You **Red Hot Chili Peppers**
Inevitable change is a theme of I’m With You,the tenth studio album by The Red Hot Chili Peppers. This is illustrated perfectly by the inevitable
change to their sound over nearly three decades of creating music. While some have criticized that they have lost the roughness of the work of the 80’s and early 90’s, the energy, funk, and attitude that make RHCP great are all still there. In addition to this they have years of experience and sobriety on their sides, which translates into a better overall composition than their early work. The album is truly expertly crafted by the band and producer Rick Rubin.
I’m With You is packed with sound and style. On top of funk and electronica there is an occasional Latin sound, and a lot of African influence. There is a multitude of instruments including horns, hand drums, and a beautiful piano accompaniment in the song, “Police Station.” The addition of the keys can be credited to guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer.
This is the first album to be released with Klinghoffer. Though he hasn’t been in the industry as long, he does have plenty of experience. Klinghoffer’s varied style is a perfect addition to RHCP’s diverse sound. While some may be disappointed that he isn’t an exact replica of departed guitarist, John Frusciante, he is an excellent musician in his own right. Flea continues to amaze, as he always does, slapping out a funky back bone from start to finish. There’s an energetic, driving beat from veteran drummer Chad Smith that’s guaranteed to keep toes tapping. Frontman Anthony Kiedis continues to embrace the smoother side of his voice but still offers his quick flowing raps and trademark quirky, yet insightful, lyrical style.
The track “Factory of Faith” is a perfect example of all these things. The band provides a super funky, yet electronic upbeat background, while Kiedis spits free flowing lyrics before breaking into the chorus, “Be my wife, I think your right that we should mate. Tell your friends, I gotta factory of faith.” This is much different from the dark, self-reflective themes of drug addiction of the past. In, “Did I Let You Know,” Kiedis sings, “This I know, we’re not alone.” Now there is an understanding of the human condition, and a celebration of the life cycle.
After nearly 30 years of music and mayhem, The Red Hot Chili Peppers continue to prove why they have lasting power. There continually evolving style has grown and matured with the musicians themselves. Their latest lineup and album allows for a refreshing new sound, while maintain the elements that RHCP fans love.