Double (Album) Trouble. @ 14 August 2006 12:54 AM
So I've had dozens of hip and trendy people telling me that I should buy Stadium Arcadium, because, y'know, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are amazing, and this album has everything, and it's practically perfect, and if I buy it then, y'know, all the chicks will dig me.

So I caved in. I bought the album a few days ago.

Now, I normally have reservations about double albums. I have yet to come across a double album that isn't full of, well, filler. Even the Beatles, with the White Album, couldn't quite cut it - and so I hardly expected the Red Hot Chili Peppers to be able to. could have been miles better than this.

Stadium Arcadium has 28 songs. At least two thirds of these are completely and utterly forgettable. They're cack - bland, soulless and ultimately very boring to listen to. The Chilis are all very talented, capable musicians, but on Stadium Arcadium they sound like they're on autopilot.

The record suffers from the same curse as all double albums - if it had been a single album, it would have been outstanding. There are some excellent songs on here, including the opening "Dani California", as well as other standout tracks "Tell Me Baby", "C'mon Girl" and "Storm In A Teacup". Each of these are exceptionally funky songs - they're hook-filled and catchy, consistently making the listener want to get up and groove - much to the embarassment of those standing next to me on the Tube. However, these songs are buried among so much throwaway tat that you end up feeling rather ripped off by the album.

The Chilis can do better than this. Double albums are proof of egotistical, bigheaded band syndrome - they think ALL their material is SO GREAT, that they can't possibly cram it all into ONE SINGLE ALBUM.

It's time for a wake-up call - if not for the Chili Peppers, then for me. This album is boring me to sleep.

If counting sheep isn't doing it for you, have a listen to a couple of particularly dull tracks here - I'm sure you'll hear what I'm on about. And for a glimpse of what the band can really do when they pull their fingers out, check out the third track: the excellent "Tell Me Baby".

Strip My Mind - Red Hot Chili Peppers

She Looks To Me - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Tell Me Baby - Red Hot Chili Peppers

If you disagree with my views, feel free to drop me an email. I welcome all comments and criticism.

James Hamilton
The Writer At The Gates Of Dawn

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