Red Hot Chili Peppers’ release their eleventh album, The Getaway, despite forming in 1983 as a joke. Who would have thought? The new album stays true to the band’s signature style with a few changes here and there. Some may refer to that as a lack of innovation. I like to think of it more as ‘If is ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.
After the somewhat disappointment of their 2011 album I’m With You, there was a lot of pressure on the band for their forthcoming release. Throughout the album the well known themes of California, sex and drugs. This is clear from the very first song The Getaway “Take it much too far/ Surrender to the brave inside/ A lover that another tried/Take it, too my ride.” The lyrics mixed with the nineties esque throwback, the album seems promising.
Of course Flea’s bass solos are as prominent as ever.
When the second song Dark Necessities kicks in and you hear the well known slapstick bass it is very hard to not smile and get an incredible wave of nostalgia.
The entire album is incredibly laid back. Parts of it can be dark and gloomy; a stark contrast to their other happy go lucky numbers, just look at Can’t Stop. However, a gripe that I do have is that the lyrics seem somewhat forced sometimes. During Detroit the lyrics “don’t you worry, baby / I’m like ‘Detroit,’ I’m crazy” just don’t seem to work. It is as though they added baby and crazy so that it would rhyme. This throws the song which is otherwise instrumentally tight.
Dreams of a Samurai ends the album. It arguably the most innovative song on the album. The beautiful opening consisting of a piano and an operatic voice creeping into a slow subtle bass is perfection. Sticking with the theme of sex “Standing naked in your kitchen/ Feeling free that I could be alive..” the song is still somewhat dark. There is a build up throughout the song but I feels it never quite meets the climax that I had hoped for.
Whilst I did enjoy the album, I did find my mind wandering every so often or thinking that some of the songs were incredibly similar. I found myself proper relaxing whilst listening to the album, on the other hand. However, nothing overly jumped out at me. There was no one song that was a blatent anthem.
The music throughout the entire album is fantastic. I feel lyrically is just falls a bit below standard. That is not to say I didn’t enjoy the album. It is completely listened to in the context of the band’s history. On it’s own it is a good album. When you compare it to the likes of Blood Sugar Sex Magik it just doesn’t quite match up. It is definitely worth the listen to nonetheless.