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The Red Hot are Still Hot

Door Brice Miclet |

With "Unlimited Love" the Red Hot Chili Peppers sign a 12th album, proving that they are still as comfortable in melancholic ballads as they are in groovy uppercuts

A Red Hot Chili Peppers album with John Frusciante is always an event. The guitarist is back with the Californian band after twelve years of absence, the band donning the same look that saw the success of Blood Sugar Sex Magik in 1991 or Californication in 1999.

Produced once again by Rick Rubin, Unlimited Love reminds us of the most melodic of the Red Hot's songs, greatly favouring melancholic tracks like Not The One or White Braids & Pillow Chair, even bordering on adolescent emotions. We also find Flea's dripping and metallic bass, a virtuoso brouhaha, on Here Ever After, very reminiscent of his work on By The Way in 2002.

Rather than the acidic pop object that plagued Frusciante's recent absence, here's a band that goes back to funk on Poster Child, or disco motifs on the excellent Aquatic Mouth Dance. This record smells of the 1990s, and seems to emerge from spontaneous sessions like the track These Are The Ways, cut from the sound of the time. With a modern twist, the Red Hot Chili Peppers explore what made them one of the most famous rock bands of the past few decades, and deliver an album that is an anti-wrinkle.

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