After 33 years strong and now 11 studio albums, will anything stop the Chili Pepper juggernaut?
Released the 17th of June 2016 The Getaway features an almost reinvented sound with more emphasis on the funk rather than rock, not to say they were getting stale. The lead single ‘Dark Necessities’ is the perfect example of my above point, it’s toned down and not the in your face music that they normally put out, it’s still catchy and will linger in your ears for hours but feels like it’s missing something. ‘Detroit’ hints of 60’s surfer tracks while has a bit more of a bite than the rest of the record which was welcoming to me after the very laid back first half. ‘Sick Love’ is that one tune you raise your eyebrow and wonder “What the hell am I listen to?” but it grows on you, it feels like there is too much going on but with each play it slowly comes together and with Elton John laying down that awesome piano riff who can say otherwise? Now for the part I’m not going to enjoy, while this is an interesting album from a band I’ve loved and respected for years…… I didn’t really like it.
Now put away the flaming torches and pitchforks, I don’t mean I hated The Getaway, though after the first two listens I was ready to say that. It’s a slow burner that needs a lot of time to get into, I first heard it on the day it came out and have had it going for 2 weeks now and I think this is the best I can feel about it. I don’t believe it’s the lack of Rick Rubin and nor am saying Danger Mouse is a shit producer, going back to what I said about ‘Dark Necessities’ it’s missing something, to me it’s the intensity. Yes, the Red Hot Chili Peppers aren’t the heaviest band around, but there was always an intensity to their music that always brought me back and I just felt that it was lacking here. My hats still off to an amazing band that’s still going extremely well but to me this isn’t their best work.
Written by Dan Harlond