Stadium Arcadium review by Red Hot Chili Peppers

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  • Released: May 9, 2006
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.3 (2,359 votes)
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Stadium Arcadium
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Sound — 10
When buying this album on a late thursday night at a local Sainsbury's after seeing the Kooks, I did have high expectations from the new album, 4 years in the making. I was impressed by the Dani California song which I think has seen them get back to their best. The singing on this album is beautiful, the bass and drums and top notch, and the guitaring is sublime. John Frusciante is really at his best now, which great guitaring riffs in every song. Mentions for him has to go to Snow (Hey Oh) and solo's in Charlie and Turn It Again. RHCP have made this album brilliant with their collective sounds.

Lyrics — 9
Anthony Kiedis has always been a favourate singer of mine. And this album highlights his talents as a singer and song writer. There are some fantastic lyrics on this album. And the backing vocals from John add something extra special to each song. Kiedis is a great singer, but sometimes I get the feeling of a rapping vibe, in which he is trying to rhyme nearly every word with the next. But all in all, great lyrics.

Overall Impression — 10
In my opinion, maybe their best album so far. It brings back the old Chili's and adds something new in as well. Which makes a great album. Dani California, Snow, Torture Me, Tell Me Baby, Turn It Again and Wet Sand are my highlights of the album. And as Flea says "If you don't like this album, you don't like the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Period."

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    ThePhenom
    Some lyrics are very good. Hump de Bump is a s*** but other songs are f***ing great. "She is only 18","Dani California" and "Slow Cheetah" are very good lyrics
    peasonearth
    chief 1989 you hit the nail on the head. if you think that this person has a biased opinion of the chilis and it shows in their review, TAKE IT INTO ACCOUNT WHEN BUYING THE ALBUM. it doesnt make it a 'bad' review. also, the band have changed and developed and discovered new things so their music has changed. they're not trying to be 'mainstream', (if you call about 10 songs of theirs on every radio playlist, then yes, they have fallen from grace into this terrible downward spiral... ahem) its just how their music has developed and how people's tastes have changed. m_daly_123 has the right idea too. people are all so 'opinionated' and quick to tell each other how wrong they are, when its opinion based. this is a great album in its own way. yes some people disagree, and bully for you. my sincere sympathies that you spent around 15 on something 'mediocre'. but its like when parents copmare their kids, each is different and you cant judge one from the other. guitarjunkie you forgot storm in a teacup. listen to charlie, if, hard to concentrate, hump de bump, she's only 18 etc if you want to hear some amazing fleaness. i really like wet sand, lyrics and all, and thats just fairly simple chords untill the solo. if you dont like rhcp then wtfurck are you doing on their review, and furthermore telling their fans how crap they are? its like saying the tv drama was crap when all you did was listen to what the weird, overly cheerful guy says before it comes on. how can you say they're not skilled if you dont like them and probably havent really listened to their albums? its like saying you think the food needs more flavour when you havent tried it. think about it. i dont skip any tracks btw.
    Lil_C
    EVRYONE LOVES CHILIS! This is deffo one of their best albums. There r some gr8 songs like Dani California and Snow. There is also a gr8 variety of music with soft songs like If to songs like Hump de Bump. Evryone can enjoy stadium arcadium!
    gallagher2006
    lazyboat wrote: this reviewer obviously adores the chilli peppers and so anything they produce is gna get full marks which is totally biased and makes for a crap review, he's rated every aspect of this album 10, which therefore puts it up there with the likes of Led Zep 4 or Sgt Pepper, but it blatantly isn't of tht standard wat is he thinking
    I gotta say i agree with you. This album is no Sgt Pepper, in fact i was kinda dissapointed.