Red Hot Chili Peppers review by Red Hot Chili Peppers

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  • Released: Jan 1, 1984
  • Sound: 6
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 6.7 Neat
  • Users' score: 8.2 (47 votes)
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Sound — 6
If you ever wanted a big indication of what Punk-Funk was, then, this is the perfect album. Problem is the album's production is pretty dull, most songs lose lot of rumble and power and are very 'tinny'. The playing is pretty fast and hyper, except for a few tracks, and most riffs and licks are mainly based on grooves and jams rather than melodies. Flea's bass style shines through on this album (especially on tracks like "Get Up And Jump" and the solo in "Out In L.A") and if anyone's interested in slapping and popping then this album is good for inspiration.

Lyrics — 7
The lyrics are pretty much what you'd expect and generally have a rhythmic effect than anything. Kiedis' rapping fits the music perfectly, emphasizing the fast grooves and improvisation. As for Kiedis' actual vocal skill, it can't really be measured seeing as he only really raps on the album, but the rapping is awesome, the words will make you dance, swear to God.

Overall Impression — 7
This album could probably be considered vintage seeing as most people don't even know of it's existence, but it was a pretty decent start for RHCP way back in 1984. True men Don't Kill Coyotes, Get Up And Jump and Out In L.A are definitely the highlights because they are trademark RHCP. The album is very manic and enjoyable but the poor production ruins certain songs. Also, it's a guarantee that you probably won't listen to this album in whole rather listen to one song and then switch to Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Compared to the later stuff, this album isn't as good but will hold it's own. In any case, it is a must have for any huge RHCP fan.

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    For an album that came out in '84 it was way ahead of it's time.  Out in L.A. rocks
    Cake1000 wrote: This is an awsome album but Out in LA was their first
    No Out In L.A. was an EP/Compilation Album, this was their 'first Studio Album' i.e. 'first album!' MORON
    i thought hillel didnt leave for the other band he just concentrated on it when they were workin on an album more than rhcp?? might be wrong