Album Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ The Getaway

After a five year absence of new music, The Red Hot Chili Peppers have come through with the goods and finally released their eleventh studio album, The Getaway. With some slight sound reinventions on a few tracks, the Peppers have been able to weave their way back to the forefront of the rock world with this album, and remind everyone why they are amongst the greats of the music industry.

The album brings through a combination of some key and classic Chili Peppers’ features, including intricate guitar riffs and Flea’s freakish bass, with a broad range of skills coming through from the rhythm legend’s magical fingers.

The title track, ‘The Getaway’, is a mix of these classic Peppers’ features, with a refreshing twist that we can’t quite place our finger on. The track, which kicks off the album, is example of how the lads have tried to incorporate modern rock and punk into their new material, while not letting go of their iconic and identifiable sound.

A surprising favourite for us is ‘This Ticonderoga’. It is often quite tricky to make a comfortable tempo change in the middle of a rock song, however the Peppers are able to pull it off perfectly from verse to chorus of this epic track. However, we’re going to be the one’s to say it: It would be amazing if they switched it up a little and tried something completely different.

After listening to the album from track to track, it just feels like any other Peppers album, until you finally reach tracks like ‘The Hunter’ and ‘This Ticonderoga’. This may cause a few heart attacks, because the Peppers have such a recognisable sound, but with the solidified star-power and devoted fan base they have, a big change from their previous works would be a little refreshing and, due to their massive influence on the rock world, would perhaps spark inspiration for many other bands to try something different as well.

Nevertheless, The Getaway is a yet another fantastic album from the bonafide rock gods that are the Red Hot Chili Peppers.


Bridget Rose Murphy


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