Sound — 10
This is easily the best, most bold album of 2006. This double album is like nothing released in a long time: it's a bold musical journey that I'm astounded these guys created. From the rocking, catchy single "Dani California" to the remniscient, Floyd-esqe "Death of A Martian," this album has so many ways to take your breath away. Where these guys truly shine is ballads, songs like the title track, "Slow Cheetah," "Strip My Mind," and "Wet Sand," this album's sound is so diverse and brilliant that it will definitely floor you.
Lyrics — 8
Here's the album's only downfall: Kiedis' lyrics don't make sense; there's not really any depth to them. One critic went as far as to describe the lyrics as "A stream of consciousness filtered through a rhyming dictionary." This is totally true; the lyrics only seem to be there to rhyme. However, this really doesn't take away from the awesomeness of the album, so it really doesn't bother me.
Overall Impression — 10
All of you Die-Hard Chili Pepper fans out there who act like this album sucks... shut up. Just because they don't rap and don't carry a PA warning on their disc doesn't mean that their music is bad. You don't want your music to sound the same for your whole career (coughBOSTONcough). This album is a step for the Peppers, and it's amazing. At first I didn't like this album at all. But after a few listens, it donned on me: this album is amazing. In fact, it's the most amazing CD I've ever heard. It's sprawling and diverse. It's a musical journey, kickin' off with Dani California and ending with Death of a Martian. There are many twists and turns on the journey that give it that extra special quality. So what if it doesn't sound like "Blood Sugar?" This album not only sounds better, but is ten times more mature then said album. Overall, a flawless album (except for "Hey," "C'mon Girl," "Torture Me," "If," and "We Believe). Well, a basically perfect album with a few flaws. But the beauty of this album just cancels out anything bad about it. Amazing CD.