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Stadium Arcadium

Alternative Rock, R&B, and Rock album by Red Hot Chili Peppers

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It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This

  • May 16, 2010
Stadium Arcadium is a true gem. It has it all: rock, pop, funk, metal, rap and various combos. Some may say the band sold out but I say they have grown into a band that can adapt to many audiences. Anthony KIedis has improved tremendously as a vocalist and the band belnds in very well with their insturments and on harmonies.

Every time I listen to this CD, I find a new song that grabs me. What can I say? This CD is a true feast for the ears. The singles Snow and Dani California grabbed me right away as did the funky Hump De Bump. But today it was Epecially in Michiagan and a few days ago it was Tell Me Baby. Last Week it was Turn It Again and the day before it was Wet Sand. Who knows what tommorow will bring?

The softer toned songs are fine too. Balance is always a good thing. 28 tracks and all of them are winners. And about a dozen are just fabulous.

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August 27, 2010
..."A true feast for the ears"...i love that description! Great review!
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Four-year career hiatuses followed by sprawling double-albums could spell trouble for a band of the Chili Peppers' stature: consider they'd originally recorded enough forthree discs. The restless, trouble-plagued outfit that helped break alternative rock into the mainstream with a potent fusion of punk 'n' funk in the '80s finds itself two decades on almost completely devoid of the former's energetic abandon, while the latter's effusive rhythms are considerably subdued over the course of this two-hour, 28-track collection. It's not so much that the Peppers have lost their muscular, often uber-macho edge as they have willfully tamed it in service of mature reinvention here. The mellower, often introspective, if no less potent pop ethos that characterized the crossover hit "Under the Bridge" blossoms fully here on tracks like disc one's "Snow," "Wet Sand," and the jazz-cool of "Hey."

The title track, "Desecration Smile," and "She Looks To Me" finds them venturing further into laid back pop ballad territory, while the tricky rhythms of "Dani California," "Charlie," and "So Much I" eventually kick into familiar top gear on the pop-savvy "Tell Me Baby" and hip-hop seasoned "Storm in a Teacup." It's not that there's a paucity of musical adventure here ("If" and "Animal Bar" finds them wafting into Floydish ...

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Label: Warner Bros, Wea
Genre: Alternative Rock
Release Date: May 9, 2006

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