Sound — 9
Unlike previous Chili Pepper's hit albums (Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Californication) the newest album Stadium Arcadium is more of a round up of all the previous sounds that make the Peppers songs unique. The blend of funk/rock/pop is really refreshing, however when listening to the double disc album of 28 songs you notice riffs or a snippets of the melody that you swear that you've heard before. John Frusciante adds the mad variety by using most of the guitar pedals that have ever existed and creates a sound that is quite different to the 'less is more' attitude he previously held. Stadium Arcadium also ventures in the more ballad style of Califorication with acoustic backing on songs such as Slow Cheetah and most of the songs on the Mars disc. But a few minutes later John F is back to powerful chords and Hendrix like tributes.
Lyrics — 8
The Red Hots lyrics or indeed Anthony Kiedis' lyrics like before are intertwined with emotion and the linger of past experiences. Having said that, the lyrics seem to lack the sting of past songs like Under the Bridge. Maybe that's a good thing, considering that when Kiedis wrote Under the Bridge he was in the midst of shooting up in the city and recently is sober and drug free. Never the less the lyrics don't lack relevance with 'Hard to Concentrate' drawing on the thriving relationship between Chad Smith, his wife and their son and Flea his girlfriend and their daughter. In this emotion riddled song Kiedis sings; All I want is for you to be happy and take this moment to make you my family. Another point worth mentioning is that while Kiedis sings with passion he often was hesitant in performing slow acoustic melodic songs. However demonstrated in Stadium Arcadium is Kiedis' ability to hold a note and indeed a melody.
Overall Impression — 10
Compared to other albums by the Red Hot Chili Peppers I found Stadium Arcadium more of a round up of the history of their different sounds and different styles. But it still is awesome! For that very reason it is really hard to specifically choose the outstanding songs as each have their own unique stlye, rhythm and tone. What I love about this album is that this album is uniquely Red Hot Chili Pepper-ish! Better buy it, it's definelty worth it