Album Review: Stadium Arcadium (May 13 Song of the Week Included)

As promised, here's the long-awaited review of Red Hot Chili Peppers' latest album Stadium Arcadium.

Presentation:

Stadium is a 2-CD album with 14 songs on each disc. I personally love the cover art and graphics that come printed on the album. The pictures range from silly pictures of the band to cool planetary graphics (the 2 discs are named "Mars" and "Jupiter"). Overall, the graphics do a good job. But then again, graphics aren't everything

The Songs:

To sum it up in one sentence, this album is the band's most accessible album yet. RHCP has been known for being a bit weird, given their choice of background instruments (falsetto choirs, trumpets, etc.), but this one is much more of a rock album than anything else. Throughout the album, wailing guitars and bumping basses can be heard. Because it's so accessible to those wanting to get into the band, for hardcore fans, the album may seem a bit derivative: you can find many influences to classic rock and rock in general.

Really, it's not a following of the band's status quo. While there are several good songs, several more of the whole album leave nothing special to remember, taking away from the draw of this album. But, if you want to get into this band, this album is a great place to start. From here, move back in time to the band's older albums and you'll find the true essence of the band.

That being said, it's still a high-quality album and is quite enjoyable to listen to whether driving, exercising, or sitting around at home.

Definatly get these songs:

  • Dani California
  • Snow ((Hey Oh))
  • Charlie
  • Stadium Arcadium
  • Torture Me
  • Desecration Smile
  • Tell Me Baby
  • Hard to Concentrate
  • 21st Century
  • She Looks to Me

Hardcore fans will enjoy the second disc, Mars, much more than those just getting into the band, who will find Jupiter, the first disc, a warm welcome to the tradition of the Chili Peppers. Personally, I prefer Mars.

Final Verdict: 4/5

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And now for our song of the week, which was included in my "definately get" list. This week's song is a perfect representation of the Chili Peppers' style: Tell Me Baby

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Tell Me Baby (iTunes Music Store link)
From the album Stadium Arcadium, released 2006 on Warner Bros

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