Sound — 10
The sound of the album, the only way I can put it is imagine an equal portion of By The Way, Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, even One Hot Minute, and a mix of all their previous four albums, stick it all in a blender, and Stadium Arcadium is what you get. This album sees RHCP touching the sound of every stage in their 23 year career. This album offers some of the wickedest guitar solos I've ever heard. And for those of you who have been wondering, yes, they have brought back the funk, and everything else they have done.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are deep and mysterious as most of Kiedis's lyrics have been eversince One Hot Minute. Like I said before it sees the band doing a lil bit of everything, and that includes Kiedis. He also shows a new side to his microphone with a deep bellow in some parts. His vocal capabilities are the best that they have ever been. He seems to be telling a story in every song, and there seems to be an underlying message throughout the entire album, just listen closely and I think you'll get it.
Overall Impression — 10
My overall impression of the album, was it met every expectation that I had or had heard of it. Actually, from all the hype I expected it to surpass my already high expectations, which it did not, but for RHCP to actually live up to all the hype and make music like this is amazing. Its incredible how a band can still be cranking out an ever evolving sound after 23 years. These guys are at the top of there game, and this is funk-metal at its best. And thats they way it should be, after all these are the guys who started the whole thing.