Sound — 9
Everytime I hear a Chili's album that Froosh plays on I get obsessed with his playing style for a month or two. Why? Well, because he's good! A lot of Stadium Arcadium's playing has almost a Hendrix flavour to it, albeit a more modern rendition of a Jimiesque style. A lot of the songs on the album sound a lot like previous Chili's songs, but, I mean, that's the point, right? I've only listened through both CDs once so far, but there wasn't one song that let me down. Oh. Right. Flea can sure play bass. I had to have a cigarette after listening to him thump around at the speed he does.
Lyrics — 9
Anthony Kiedis, 'nuff said. I love Frusciante's vocals too, he's a fantastic backup singer. Kiedis' lyrics have always seemed very symbolic to me. I've read his autobiography "Scar Tissue" twice and after looking into his past like that it really puts a new spin on the lyrics to his songs. He's getting older but still manages to reach the younger generations.
Overall Impression — 9
It's fantastic. The only Chili's album that I didn't like was One Hot Minute, and this is nothing like that. If I had to compare it to an older album, I'd say it's like a mix between Mother's Milk and Californication, only 28 tracks long. If it were stolen (which I could totally see someone doing, it's badass) I'd buy it again. I'd buy it for my cat, my dog, grandma! They didn't let us down. Go buy it. Or download it for free. Just listen to it.