While the 21st century output of Red Hot Chili Peppers has been sketchy at best, the band are hoping to shake the criticisms of their newest material with their eleventh studio album 'The Getaway'. If you have already listened to lead single 'Dark Necessities', you'll have already heard that they are planning to go more back to their roots on this new release, opting for a more funk rock sound than the power anthems they have opted for on previous releases.
However this is the first RHCP album to not be produced by Rick Rubin since 1991's 'Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic', so from the off we are treated to a whole new angle of their sound that this generation of fans will not be familiar with. More emphasis on their instruments than any other additional production has allowed them to strip back the overtones and reveal the band in its rawest form. Something that most of their fans will appreciate.
It may not have the hit-factor of some of their more memorable releases, but it certainly won't have fans wanting to burn effigies of the band like 'Stadium Arcadium' did. It sits nicely in the middle of their material to date, something to enjoy but not necessarily look back on with fondness.