The Getaway, Red Hot Chili Peppers
There is always a level of trepidation when a well-respected band writes a new album. Fans walk a razor-sharp line of cynicism and love when the band takes a leap of faith trying to keep its core sound and audience while branching out into something new entirely. The Chili Peppers do this well, their 80’s funk still intact, with a newer maturity that has reigned since 1999’s opus Californication. On their new album, The Getaway, the band seems to walk this line with ease with Danger Mouse on production duties, Flea’s bass is still as mean as ever, Kiedis’s voice honed ever so slightly, and the band finally finding a California beach to rest their heads.
The first two singles “The Getaway” and “Dark Necessities” are deep summer cuts that provide instant danceable grooves. “The Longest Wave” is a body moving, slow jam with sing-along chorus. “This Ticonderoga” is the most guitar-driven song in the set. “Encore” is a hand-clapping, beautiful, yet diminished, and mellow song. “The Hunter” has a blues feel to it with Kiedis blurting out the verse as if commanding the audience to listen. The Chili Peppers have always been masters of the completely lost art of how an entire album flows. This one can be listened to in one sitting from beginning to end with very little lost along the way.
The Getaway is very accessible, mellow, and enjoyable. Where records like Freaky Styley and Blood Sugar Sex Magic were frenetic, powerful, and experimental, The Getaway focuses on the band’s songwriting only augmented with Danger Mouse behind the scenes, and finds its mellow vibe a welcome addition to the band’s catalog.