Sound — 10
The sound in thisalbum is awesome. And even still that word is and understatement of powerful sounds that accompany the whole albums package. From powerful notes and chords in songs like suck my kiss and higher ground to more soft and mesmerizing tunes like by the way, californication and scar tissue. This album embodies a perfect harmony between many contrasts that the chili peppers have. The hard and the soft. the light and the heavy etc. Every song has its place on the album and appears where its needed. Even Fortune Faded, their new single fits into this album in such away that it perfectly completes their summary of the last 14 or so years of thier history.
Lyrics — 8
Their lyrics are heartfelt and meaningful. All though that some songs may need a listen over or two in order to appreciate the meaning, i.e californication which at some points in the song is not clearly audible, let alone what they're trying to say is the only downfall. Anthony Keidus is a powerful singer with full emotions clearly noticable when he sings. And he needs to be to with such hard ships the chili peppers have faced over the years. Its a prerequisite for him. The lyrics are overall, nearly flawless and go perfectly to each song.
Overall Impression — 10
This is by far one of the greatest chili peppers albums around. A perfect blend of old and new, anybody curious in the chili peppers should pick this one up for starters. As for the hardcore fans, this is a must own. One drag is you don't hear there very early stuff, but that's really OK. Songs that stand out on this album are Fortune Faded, Save the Population, Otherside, Universally Speaking, and my personal favourite, Higher Ground. Those songs alone would make an awesome album. Should this album break or get lost, I'd be buying it again the next day. These guys have been around for 20 years, and at there current rate, could go for anther 20 years. Awesome. Truly Awesome.