Sound — 10
The sound of this album is beyond fantastic. Lengendary producer Rick Rubin made the Chili Peppers stars with this album. Anthony's voice sounds splendid. John is a great guitar player who can write lots of great riffs and solos. Chad is a consistant, solid drummmer who contributes especially on Breaking the Girl and he makes Anthony, John and Flea sound even better. Flea is arguably the greatest bassist to walk the earth and you'll believe me when you listen to this landmark, Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
Lyrics — 9
Sometimes Anthony writes lyrics that are downright silly but they always seem to work with the music. I thought his best lyrical efforts on the album were, Under the Bridge, I Could Have Lied, and My Lovely Man (written as an ode to dead guitarist, co-founder of the band, and Anthony's best friend, Hillel Slovak.) Some of the odder lyrics of the album are Mellowship Slinky In B Major, Apache Rose Peacock, and Sir Phsyco Sexy) Despite the slight lyrical flaws, Anthony sounds great throughout the entire album.
Overall Impression — 10
This album in my opinion, is the best album of the '90s. The most impressive songs are the Garbage-banging ballad, Breaking the Girl, the dramatic Under the Bridge, the dirty yet musically dominant Sir Phsyco Sexy and Apache Rose Peacock, and of course Give It Away. I love this whole album so when you buy it listen to the whole thing straight through because every song is worth it. Trust me, from the adrenalizing opener, Power Of Equality all the way to the zany They're Red Hot you'll wonder how such a timeless and impressive record was ever produced.