Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Getaway

Red Hot Chili Peppers The Getaway cover
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Getaway
Warner Bros. Records
Radio & TV exposure as well as success, especially during the 80s & 90s, could make a follower become a leader and could make anyone successful just like that. This is a few words about what happened with RHCP; even though they are not a bad act, they totally do not deserve all this fuzz around them, especially when other greater bands haven’t got even half of it.
Anyhow, RHCP are back with a new studio album, 5 years after “I’m With You”. I do not know what the loyal fans of the band were waiting from this album but I did expect nothing more or less. “The Getaway” was produced by Danger Mouse, who replaced Rick Rubin after twenty-five years and six albums as the band’s producer. The production is kinda soft & “low”, not quite meeting the band’s standards.
Moreover, the songwriting is bland, uninspired and does not offer anything new. The same clichés all over the tracks, with a somewhat “buried” guitar sound. The bass playing is fine but we’ve heard all of that before and even better from the same band huh! I’ll call “The Getaway” a “safe” album, which is made for the band’s die-hard fans and no other. It may have a couple of tracks on TV or (web) radio but the glorious dayz for this band are way over…

PS: I was told that I should refer to the band’s “actual problems” such as the lack of a (good) guitarist (probably Josh ain’t a fans’ favorite), the lack of focus and so on… the bland songwriting is there but that ain’t something new – like if they used to be great songwriters and that changed overnight! Get over it guys, the “good old dayz” are over and such bands should call it a day asap…