Monday 18 July 2011

Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie

Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.  
Sometimes people just don't know when to stop. 

This has hardly been truer than of the Chili's latest single, which can only be described politely as flogging a dead horse.  Listening to the solo material of John Frusciante, it's clear that he was the creative driving force behind the band.  And now that he's left, replaced on guitar by Josh Klinghoffer, this is clearer than ever.  Aside from Anthony Kiedis's quirky lyrics, this doesn't sound like a Chili's track at all - it just has no sense of personality or groove.  Klinghoffer doesn't seem to have gelled with the band's sound, which is now focused predominantly on bass and drums. 

By other band's standards this isn't that bad.  But with a legacy that includes incredible (and contrasting) albums like 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' and 'Californication', fans should expect a lot more.

The Chili's have officially burnt out.