Despite the major changes Red Hot Chili Peppers have gone through over the past few years — including the departures of guitarist John Frusciante and longtime producer Rick Rubin — their latest album, The Getaway, remains true to their unmistakable sound.
Working with producer Danger Mouse has allowed the California greats to explore an almost-but-not-quite-commercial direction, while still showcasing Anthony Kiedis’ passionate vocals and Flea’s slapping bass lines. The Getaway is definitely on the mellower end of their spectrum, featuring breezy acoustic guitars and piano sections, but their funkiness keeps it all from skewing too far into full-on balladry. If the success of their new singles (“Dark Necessities” and the LP’s title track) speaks to anything, it’s that fans won’t be let down by the Chili Peppers’ latest.
The Getaway will be available on iTunes this Friday, June 17. In the meantime, you can listen to “Dark Necessities,” below:
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