Wednesday, December 18, 2013

423 of 1001 Albums: Red Hot Chili Pepper's Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Red Hot Chili Peppers have been around a long time. Even before this album was released in 1991 they had already released four other albums. The band though found a hit with this one. It does have some good songs, and shows a band that is finding more of their identity. While I prefer some of the later work there were a few good songs on here that made the album a stand out.

History: Going into the new decade the band also decided it was time for a time. Dropping a lot of their rock sounds from the 80's, the band softened their music a bit. You'll find the lyrics to be much more upfront graphic as well. This album would also make the charts, and give the band the success that prior albums hadn't brought them. The album was a critical success as well with most enjoying the new sounds of the album.

Vocals: Anthony Keidis is the vocalist of the band, and probably has the most identifiable vocals in the music industry. The vocals have an unique tone that also do fit the rock vibe they've continued on with in their music. The flow of the vocals also matches instrumentals well too. I felt that the vocals and the guitar has this similar tone that make the music that much more alluring. Kiedis actually ended up recording his vocals alone, away from the rest of the band.

Instrumentals: The instrumentals convey just want the band was hoping for. The lyrics are for the most part, a lot more serious, and the drumming and bass do have a darker tone. The guitarist, John Frusciante purposely played the guitar to sound happier in contrast to give the album some balance in tone. It actually works very well. The band had went through a dark time with the loss of a band member, and a bit of a rough patch trying to find a member to replace him with. Overall, the album seems to reflect more of a serious time, but the guitar playing gives the album a bit of hope at the end of that tunnel.

Recording: The album was wrote and recorded very quickly. I don't think this hurts the album at all though. Red Hot Chili Peppers have always kept the same base sound to their albums, so no matter which one you're listening to you can hear a common sound throughout them all that also makes their music sound timeless. "Give It Away" and "Under the Bridge" were some of the more recognizable tunes on the album, and the way they sound just goes beyond the 90's. "Under the Bridge" is a beautiful representation of their work.

Red Hot Chili Pepper's established their sound on this album that would go beyond two decades. They've changed a bit, but they are a band who seems to enjoy performing the music that they do. My favorite moments are from the guitar and vocals. Flea and Howie Weinberg contribute strongly on bass and drums as well though. The lyrics are a bit much sometimes for me, but some of my favorite songs were ones with the less graphic lyrics.

Rating 7.5 of 10.

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