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You can never get disappointed by huge bands, like Red Hot Chili Peppers. When you are in love with one of the biggest rock symbols of the music industry – that have changed not only the music business, but also millions of lives – you must be hoping for a new album, or at least half of a song.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have recently released The Getaway album, their album no. 11 – and also the second one revealed after their guitarist (John Frusciante) has abandoned the band for the second time now. And, if you’re a true fan, you can feel his absence, as you can easily pick up the fact that something is not a whole anymore, something has been broken.
Their bassist (Flea), the drummer (Chad Smith) and their lead vocals (Anthony Kiedis) are not the same without their guitarist. The chemistry is not as strong as it was before, although their new guitarist has made a huge effort (and somehow succeeded) to fill the empty chair and raise above expectations. For fans all over the world, the new album was a surprise, especially if we listen to the Detroit song.
Even The Daily newspapers talked about how this song’s lyrics inspired Kiedis who wrote it after a love drama with Helena Vestergaard, a famous Australian model: “Am I on the right side of the left side of your brain/ Can you see the rising of old yesterday’s remains/ Funkadelic said it best I think you know the rest/ Time don’t stand a chance against this motor madness”.
The song touches various issues (just like great albums do, regardless of the genre) that came between the two, and among the most relevant ones, it mentions addictions and age difference.
Other songs that you can listen to on The Getaway album are Dark Necessities (“Yeah, you don’t know my mind/ You don’t know my kind/ Dark necessities are part of my design/ Tell the world that I’m falling from the sky/ Dark necessities are part of my design”), or The Getaway single (“That’s right you’re right/ We will do our thing tonight alright/ Take me through the future/ It’s time you’re fine/ Just another color coded crime/ Incision and a suture/ You told my friend/ We would get it on no matter when/ A supercavitation/ Let’s go you show/ Me something no one will ever know/ A love hallucination”).
Not surprisingly, The Getaway got loads of positive reviews from music critics. It was called “a subtle, intimate, and expressive album” (Simon Harper, Clash magazine), “a tightly woven affair, never messy or maudlin, or self-indulgent; a dreamcoat of many colours, a marble of rye of genres.” (David Stubbs, Classic Rock).
The preview show of the album’s release took place on 26th of May, 2016, and it was aired on 17th of June, but the actual production for it began two years prior to this. Danger Mouse replaced Rick Rubin and produced the album (the first without Rubin, after a 25-year collaboration).
On the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart, The Getaway became the band’s 25th top-ten single (bigger than U2’s record on 23 top-ten singles). Also, the latest Red Hot Chilli Peppers album was number one in ten countries, and number two in the United States of American, United Kingdom and Canada.
One of the most beloved bands of all times, Red Hot Chilli Peppers have offered the other great hits such as Otherside, Californication, Can’t Stop.