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."