Sound — 9
This album practically creates a new sub genre of funk. This album moves every bone in your body. Even people who hate the Red Hot Chili Peppers will start moving against their will. John Frusciante also progresses from his metal based chops on Mothers Milk, to a sound that was cleaner, and overall more melodic. This is also the first time he experimented with playing the recorded guitar part backwards to make a more haunting sound.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics on this album range from political rant (Power of Equality) to slick (Give it Away) to ridicolous (Sir Psycho Sexy).The lyrics also fit the swagger of the Peppers at this time perfectly. This is Anthony Kiedis' best vocal performance on a Red Hot Chili Peppers album, because he raps most of the record (although he does find his singing voice in Under the Bridge and Breaking the Girl).
Overall Impression — 8
This album is probably my favourite of theirs to date, as it is most original, but it is a bit too long, and becomes slightly tedious towards the end. I love the drumming and guitar parts especially, and it is way ahead musically of similar bands at the time (Faith No More, Beastie Boys). If it were stolen I would buy it again straight away.