So yesterday I was lucky enough to get my hands on RHCP‘s brand new album I’m With You, and it hasn’t come a bloody day too soon!Â It’s been a long time coming, since Stadium Arcadium was released all the way back in 2006. I’ve always been a massive fan of The Chilis, and so you can imagine my excitement at this latest outing. Sporting a new guitarist in Josh Klinghoffer, this album is supposed to mark the ‘rebirth’ of the band. They’ve also been kind enough to stream it free on the iTunes Store, a full 4 days before official release on Aug 26th – so go check it out if you can’t wait.
It’s really the kind of album you need to hear for yourself to judge. For me, it takes me back to when I was 12 and wore that stupid tatty Nike hoodie and baggy jeans and thought I could skate like a boss. Even though the album is supposed to be a rejuvenation, it still feels like the good old RHCP sound that any fan should feel major nostalgia from. It’s not as mystical as Stadium Arcadium, and not as exuberant as the likes of Freaky Styley – it’s the same sort of sound as By The Way, although they’ve definitely branched out in their sound. Whatever. We’re just glad they’ve made 14 new songs for us. We love you, Chilis.
Stand-Out Track: Happiness Loves Company