Album Review: Unlimited Love by Red Hot Chili Peppers
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Red Hot Chili Peppers have had many different lineups over the years, but they only really sound like themselves when on-again-off-again guitarist John Frusciante is in the fold. That impression is reinforced by Unlimited Love -- a sprawling, exciting album full of playful chemistry between four musicians who, yet again, bring out the best in one another.
The album has all the usual hallmarks of the Chili Peppers: goofy funk-rap gibberish ("Poster Child"), sunburnt grunge ballads ("Black Summer"), harmony-drenched name-dropping of California ("White Braids & Pillow Chair"), and cloud-scraping fretboard heroics on guitar ("The Great Apes") and bass ("One Way Traffic").
Red Hot Chili Peppers twelfth studio album arrives weighted by anticipation. The California funk-rockers welcome the return of seminal guitarist John Frusciante, while the album is the first body of work the Chili Peppers have released since 2016 Danger Mouse produced album 'The Getaway'. It also sees another friend of the band return, one highly regarded as royalty in the world of music production: The Loudness King himself, Rick Rubin.