The Getaway by Red Hot Chili Peppers Has Finally Debuted!
Red Hot Chili Peppers finally released their eleventh studio album, The Getaway, on June 17th, 2016. It’s their first studio album since I’m With You (2011) and their second studio album with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer after the departure of longtime guitarist John Frusciante. The Getaway was produced by Danger Mouse, who replaced Rick Rubin after twenty-five years and six albums as Red Hot Chili Peppers’ producer.
The Getaway is Red Hot Chili Peppers’ most expressive album yet. Klinghoffer’s style sounds fully developed now. His work is powerfully featured on several songs throughout the record. Moreover, the rest of the members—vocalist Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, and drummer Chad Smith—sound tightly woven. They create complex melodic interplays in each song that don’t exactly sound like traditional Red Hot Chili Peppers, yet they still leave you wanting more.
I’ve already covered the title track “The Getaway” and the third track “We Turn Red”. Now I’ll turn to highlighting the major characteristics of The Getaway and why they make the album sound artistically consistent and musically focused.
Songs such as “The Getaway” and “Dark Necessities” demonstrate Red Hot Chili Peppers’ staying power on modern alternative radio. Despite being around for over thirty years, the band still knows how to hone their sound and draw listeners in. In particular, “The Getaway” features catchy danceable beats that sound great on any sound system. Plus, “Dark Necessities” is my personal favorite with its beautiful piano chords and rocking bassline.
Tunes like “We Are Red”, “Go Robot”, and “This Ticonderoga” feature funky tones that put a new spin on Red Hot Chili Peppers’ traditional sound. Each song contains Flea’s signature pulsing basslines, but they also highlight Klinghoffer’s compact guitar work. Kiedis sounds right at home in these songs, masterfully transitioning from beat-and-rhythm raps to smooth and melodic vocals.
However, songs such as “Goodbye Angels”, “Encore”, and “The Hunter” fully showcase Klinghoffer’s evolved guitar style. He creates soundly intimate interplays with bass, vocals, and drums alike throughout these tunes. The best feature of his guitar work involves expressive piano chords and colorfully textured riffs. It appears that Klinghoffer has successfully gelled with the rest of the band as a creative force.
Honorable mentions include “The Longest Wave” and “Feasting on the Flowers”, which feature dreamy and psychedelic sounds that pull you into another realm of listening. Likewise, “Dreams of a Samurai” is the most experimental song on The Getaway. It demonstrates how Red Hot Chili Peppers have become comfortable with trying out new musical styles.
Overall, The Getaway is a nuanced album filled with a number of creative sounds. After 32 years, Red Hot Chili Peppers can still keep us listening! Check out the music video for “Dark Necessities” on YouTube below. If it catches your attention, you can find the The Getaway streaming on Spotify. Give it a good listen!