Sound — 7
Typical Chili's sound; that being said, however, Flea's basslines lack their usual awe. My brother has never played a bass in his life and I taught him Dani California in five minutes. Nevertheless, Frusciante kept the guitar lines tight, Kiedis' voice is good as usual and Chad does what he does best.
Lyrics — 4
The lyrics from the Chilis always have been and always will be pathetically senseless. Anthony has a great voice, but nothing is even remotely comprehensible. Dani California is the only song that makes even some sense on the album, and that song is apparently a rip-off of Tom Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance." It seems the only songs by RHCP that ever make sense lyrically have to have the word California in it.
Overall Impression — 3
Personally, the Chilis are kind of like bread; you leave it out too long, it gets stale. Mother's Milk and BSSM were unbelievable albums, and then they come out with this ode to themselves. They're all so full of themselves now because they have tons of ridiculously hardcore fans who will love almost any garbage they put out. As well, not only did they not make a good album, they sold out; almost every kid I know memorizes all the words to half the songs on the album. I'm appalled that anyone would want to listen to such garbage.