Music review – Red Hot Chili Peppers: I’m With You

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Red Hot Chili Peppers
I'm With You
Warner Bros.

I’m With You is the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ follow up to 2006’s Stadium Arcadium, and the first release since Josh Klinghoffer replaced John Frusciante, who left the band in 2009. Even with a change to the lineup of the band, I’m With You doesn’t vary much from the iconic alternative funk-rock sounds heard on albums like Stadium Arcadium and 2002’s By the Way. A strong bass presence has always been prominent on Red Hot Chili Peppers’ albums, but it seems to even outweigh the guitar on a fair amount of I’m With You.

None of the songs on I’m With You are astoundingly bad, but only a handful of songs stand out as particularly good. Songs feel mediocre and uninteresting at times. While the album isn’t necessarily bad, it will likely fall short of being a staple in the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ catalogue. This isn’t true for all the tracks, however, and songs like “Look Around”, “Meet Me at the Corner” and “Factory of Faith” show that even though they have been around for nearly three decades, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are still going strong.

Paul Bogdan
A&C Writer

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