Sound — 9
Crank up the bass, man! Chalk full of funk and layered with drums that bounce back and forth is The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, 3rd album of L.A. chief musical export, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Flea dominates the sound, beating and whipping his popping bass into submission on every track, it's really not hard to see how the man often left the stage with bleeding fingers in the Chili's early days, because the Australian bassist sounds as if he's making hard love to the instrument on blistering numbers like 'Backwoods' and 'Special Secret Song Inside'. Hillel Slovak, the original Chili's guitarist, returns here in full force. Sadly The Uplift Mofo Party Plan would be the last CD before his unfortunate death, good for us that he leaves on such a high not. Slovak's guitar playing is very minimalistic, often tacking a backseat to the bass, but if you listen closely it's very easy to see why John Frusciante revered him. He plays in and out, throws fills, fits the mood and slams back and forth with simply delicious riffs that make your ears perk for every pluck and strum. Truly a great sendoff for a great guitar player. Jack Irons also deserves mention, the drummer is solid as ever here, throwing down heavy tracks, that, while not as complex or versatile as the material contributed by Chad Smith, provide a very similar backbone to the songs, allowing Flea and Slovak to dance around gleefully.
Lyrics — 7
Anthony Kiedis was still developing lyrically and vocally here, but of the 80s Chili's The Uplift Mofo Party Plan is probably his best vocal performance. Not that Mother's Milk is any worse, but it's production values severely bog down Kiedis' funky rapping verses. The Uplift Mofo Party Plan provides direct contrast, perfect mixing allows Kiedis to send soothing rhymes flowing across the airy rhythm of 'Behind The Sun' or chant ferociously about the body party he loves the most in 'Special Secret Song Inside'. His lyrics are fairly simple, and often juvenile, but he has an obvious skill, forming great rhymes and maintain a consistent rhythm throughout, he even raps 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' and pulls it off with ease.
Overall Impression — 8
Great place to start your Chili's experience. Not the most technical record, but that's not what you listen for - it's the energy, which is undeniable here. Everyone is having an awesome time, and it really shows. 'Fight Like A Brave', 'Backwoods', 'Organic Anti-Beat Box Band' and 'Special Secret Song Inside' are some of the best off the CD. A must buy for any Chili's fan.