Californication review by Red Hot Chili Peppers

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  • Released: Jun 8, 1999
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 5.1 (640 votes)
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Californication

Sound — 10
1999's "Californication" marked John Frusciante's triumphant return to the Chili Peppers as they released another set of incredible songs. While some songs (Around the World, Get On Top) stay true to their original funk-rock formula, other efforts, including "Porcelain," and "Californication," show a softer, yet still brilliant, ballad oriented band. One of my personal favorites from the Chilis, this album combines their classic sound with a new, refreshing one that won over tides of new fans.

Lyrics — 9
While Anthony Kiedis has many of his usual sexual, tastless (in a good way) lyrics on this album, he crafts some genuine, beautiful poetry with songs like the title track, "Scar Tissue" and "Otherside." However in songs such as "Get On Top," which is entireley devoted to Kiedis' sexual escapades, proves to be less of a deep poem than many others in the album. His voice is spot-on as always, and we all know that the Chili Peppers just wouldn't sound the same without Kiedis' throaty voice and clever rhymes.

Overall Impression — 10
"Californication" compares to classic funk-rock efforts like "Blood Sugar Sex Magik," while hinting at the brilliant harmonies and balladry that showed up on 2002's "By The Way." The most impressive songs, in my opinion, are the title track, Scar Tissue, Otherside, Easily, Emit Remmus, and the brilliant, album closing Road Trippin'. I love the guitar playing by the modern guitar god, John Frusciante, the usual astounding bass from Flea, the tight drumming that holds the songs down from a top-form Chad Smith, and the smooth vocals from Anthony Kiedis, and this album is certainly a classic not only by RHCP standards, but in the rock scene in general.

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    This the best chilis abulm ever! the lyics are brill! Flea is now showing the softer side of his funky stye and he could not of done it any beter. out of ten this album gets 100 and so if anyone need to get their daily dose of funk this is the place to go
    music man
    WOW, i never thaught i would have that kind of expirence again. all that pleasure, so fast, wow. (Am i on the wrond website)
    music man
    Although this review may be a tad biast, i do believe it to be a top rate review
    Californiacation is gr8!! all u have 2 do is play the music lay on the sofa, and let the musical waves wash u away dudes
    con job
    best thing since they got off the drugs.....forgive me but i think thats what made their music. wait anthony was back on drugs durin this album...