Four words: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
Two more: NEW ALBUM
And two more: THE GETAWAY
The Red Hot Chili Peppers is another band whose music provides a running soundtrack for my life.
Similar to The Cure, each of the RHCP albums has a certain feel to it, a certain vibe, different from the others.
Such is the case with their latest album, The Getaway.
I have two more words to describe The Getaway:
Anthony Keidis, Flea, Chad Smith, and Josh Klinghoffer have created a phenomenal piece of work, and they sound better than they ever have.
I was in a local store when I heard the single “Dark Necessities” for the first time. I literally stopped in my tracks as the song drew me in. “What is that?” I wondered, immediately mesmerized by Keidis’ voice, Flea’s bass riff, Klinghoffer’s guitar, and Smith’s beat.
I bought The Getaway first thing in the morning on June 17, 2016, the day it was released.
The album is a bit different than what you might expect from RHCP. It’s true music, funky and hard and flowing and enlightening, each song with a true meaning, most importantly, performed and sung by true musicians.
During the summer, I usually have a “summer songs” playlist on shuffle for three months, but not this year. The Getaway is on constant rotation, and most likely will be for the remainder of summer.
I’ve listened to it so much I know almost every word to every song. If it were a cassette, I’d need another copy because I would have worn it out already.
The Getaway is what I needed. No pun intended.
Someone asked me what my favorite song was from The Getaway.
All of them.
Literally ALL of them, because each song radiates a different feeling, and together, they complement each other.
I feel like a blathering idiot…I love the album so much, but I cannot explain why. Clearly, I should not pursue a career as a music reviewer.
Each song speaks to my soul, inspires me, makes me feel human and non-apologetic for being that human.
The Getaway is the spark that is igniting my own creativity, as the songs have been a catalyst for my own writing.
When the RHCP performed with Bruno Mars at the Superbowl Halftime Show in 2014, I loved it. However, society pretty much wrote them off as being washed up has-beens.
If you were a part of that society, step up to the challenge and give The Getaway a listen. Then please tell me which song spoke to you the most after you admit that you love the album too.
Do yourself a favor. Get The Getaway. Let it be the escape you need, like it is for me.
Artists inspiring other artists.
Thank you, Red Hot Chili Peppers, for speaking to this fellow soldier in this battlefield of life (from This Ticonderoga).
For a more intelligently written review, please visit Galoot’s Loot’s blog here.