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Californication

Red Hot Chili Peppers

1999

Californication

Album Summary

Californication is the seventh studio album by the American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was released on June 8, 1999, on Warner Bros. Records and was produced by Rick Rubin. Californication marked the return of John Frusciante, who had previously appeared on Mother's Milk and Blood Sugar Sex Magik, to replace Dave Navarro as the band's guitarist. Frusciante's return was credited with changing the band's sound altogether, producing a notable shift in style from the music recorded with Navarro. The album's subject material incorporated various sexual innuendos commonly associated with the band, but also contained more varied themes than previous outings, including death, contemplations of suicide, California, drugs, globalization, and travel. Californication is the Chili Peppers' most commercially successful studio release internationally, with over 15 million copies sold worldwide, and more than 6 million in the United States alone. As of 2002, the album had sold over 4 million copies in Europe. The record produced several hits for the band, including "Otherside", "Californication" and the Grammy Award-winning "Scar Tissue". Californication peaked at number three on the US Billboard 200. The record marked a significant change in style for the band: Rolling Stone's Greg Tate noted that "while all previous Chili Peppers projects have been highly spirited, Californication dares to be spiritual and epiphanic". Another critic, Billboard's Paul Verna, mentioned that the album brought out "the group's softer, melodic side", as opposed to their previous six albums.

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3.81

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6244

Genres

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Wed Nov 25 2020
2

This is the soundtrack to going to a house party hosted by a friend of a friend of a friend who just wants to put on some background music that "everyone likes". It has 2 billion plays on Spotify overall, and you know at least half of those plays happened in a VW Golf with a road bike on the roof racks, while the driver sat there in lycra drinking a long black. 2/5 - I'd give it 1 just for being so fucking safe, but truth is it IS kinda catchy. I hate myself for saying that.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

First side is full of good singles. Second side is meh. The highlight is the musical relationship between Frusciante, Flea, and Chad. I just don't vibe with Anthony Keidis' vocal style personally.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

ding deng dong deng dong dong

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Playful and rhythmic, this bass guitar heavy album feels like the backdrop for a summer day playing beach volleyball on the Pacific or a sweaty dance floor at a rock club. With some of the most catchy tunes every to hit the radio, the diversity of vocal tones and lyrical themes (of resistance and freedom) complete the prescription of joy and release that cause so many embrace the entire album.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
2

I started at a 3 but it continued slipping down to a 2. I found myself waiting for it to be over numerous times. I'm not a fan of his vocal style; apparently I can deal with it when hearing a track come on randomly, but over and over on an album... yea no. Scar Tissue is pretty good though.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
2

No thanks. Typical RHCP and not even one of their "good" albums. Anything that isn't a single is typically bad and the singles only pass because they're generally catchy and "hey it's a chili peppers single so we have to play it on the radio." But the more you listen the worse it gets. Their generation's maroon 5.

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Thu Nov 26 2020
3

It's been a hot minute since I last listened to this record and... Well, I don't know that it's aged all that well, to be honest. I really liked Californication when it came out so I was surprised to find that I didn't feel the same this time. Turns out, while the music is fun, most of these lyrics are really dumb. Like... Really stupid. On top of that, aside from the hits that everyone knows, the majority of the tracks are really dated sounding. I expected to give this a five-star review. Sadly, it only gets a 3. The years take their toll on everything.

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Sun May 16 2021
3

Haven't listened to this album in years. First thing I noticed is it's a causality of the Loudness Wars. The fidelity was just awful. First half of the album is good, but then everything between Californication and Road Trippin is garbage. If you picked just the highlights of the album it'd be a 4 star album, if you fixed the audio, it'd be 5. As it stands, it's a 2.5.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
1

Kiedis is simply too embarrassing for this band to work. His affected drawl is a bore, his syrupy croon hopelessly pretty boy, his rapping unmentionable, the lyrics a vacuum. As for the funk they're lauded for, lumpen and predictable. Totally in love with themselves. Totally uninteresting.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Play that funky music, white boys? RHCP is an American heritage band at this point, a staple. C'mon, you've got a bassist named Flea, a drummer that looks like Will Ferrell, what more do you want? I've encountered people in life who say the only music they like is RHCP, which is mystifying. But these guys are pretty great. Plenty of hits on here, and it's produced by the legend Rick Rubin! Part of the bassline on "Around the World" sounds indebted to Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon," I liked that. I liked a lot of this album, it's great. Maybe not super red hot, but there's plenty of chili peppers to go around. Favorite songs: Around the World, Scar Tissue, Road Trippin', Otherside. Album art: I'd say this is iconic. I've seen it a million times over, but today for the first time I'm noticing the swap of the water and the sky, that's crazy. I guess I always thought the background was the ocean. Very cool picture, Pepps. 4/5

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Fri May 14 2021
3

I soured on RHCP awhile back for no real reason, and upon revisiting this album, I feel like I was both right and wrong. The hits are still solid, but most of the deeper cuts leave a lot to be desired. It's really hard to listen to Anthony Kiedis slur his words for an hour. Best track: Easily

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Wed Oct 07 2020
5

Pure Chili Peppers. Nearly every song is a hit. Flea is an absolute mammoth, Fruscinte is amazing, and even Keidis is great minus his weird white-boy rapping. Chad Smith's snare is god tier. Favorite tracks: "Parallel Universe", "I Like Dirt", "Californication"

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

With the instrumentalists' interplay at an all-time telepathic high and Kiedis peaking as a vocalist, Californication is a bona fide Chili Peppers classic.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

Talk about an album that fizzles... The first half is pure fire, but the last half lingers way too long. Still a great rock album.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
2

listening to this album on a proper pair of headphones is both a revelation and a form of torture. hearing songs like Scar Tissue on literally anything better than an aftermarket stereo FM broadcast in a honda from the 80s reveals a lot of nuance and neat performance details by a band of incredibly talented people. the downsides of course are that a) the mix/master is atrocious, and b) the fact that it's RHCP. Louder tracks reduce audiophile grade equipment to sounding like you're using a 5 pack of skull candy earbuds from 2003, quieter tracks are exhausting in the way that only brick wall mixes are. Excusing that, not that you should, the larger problem is that RHCP are consistently one of the biggest misuses of musical talent in recorded history but that's almost neither here nor there. at its best it's got earworms that are still living 20 years later. when it's not, it's Anthony Kiedis literally jiving (poorly) over aimless wanking. it's almost a shame that the good parts, while few and far between, are as good as they are. would be easier to just ignore entirely.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
2

I had my RHCP epiphany while I listened to Californication: when you sandwich the "linger on your block and give the finger to a cop" goofball funk rock sex rhymes between your softer songs about the Hollywood lifestyle and addiction and all that, it just makes one sound about as earnest as the other. It's like, come on, LL Cool J, are you Bad or do you Need Love? I'm certainly not buying both. The starting track says it all for the album (and the band): the verses and the chorus try to have their two admittedly well-crafted sounds co-exist, but one inevitably comes at the expense of the other. In this case, they're both disposable fluff, but at least one tries to have a little fun—even if said fun was better earlier in their careers. Key Tracks: Around the World, Get On Top

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Tue Apr 05 2022
2

I used to be sort of into the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I bought Blood Sugar Sex Magik on CD like everyone else, and saw them in concert at Lollapalooza at least once, maybe twice (my memory is a bit hazy from those days, haha). However, it didn't take long before I bored of them, and my appreciation for them turned into a strong dislike. They definitely established a unique style, and I give them credit for that, but then they never evolved after that. It was just the same thing, over and over. Not really a fan and this album didn't do anything to change that. 2 stars.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
2

I've got a lot say about this album because I used to work in the concert industry and I got into many, many arguments about how bad this album is. Everyone around me argued it was great. I am clearly the odd man out on this opinion. I used to love RHCP. I wore out my BSSM cassette. But this album, in my opinion, feels like they had a contractual obligation to meet. They took everything they had recorded that wasn't fit for an album and laid this turd. I hate it so much it makes me dislike their other music because it reminds me of this album. It's like their Coda. To be fair most of my complaint is not with the music. The writing is decent, the musicianship is decent to amazing. It's the vocal melodies and the lyrics. The melodies are repetitive and the lyrics are half-assed at best. Kiedis mailed this one in. Around the World ruins this whole album for me from the git. It reminds me of some old, white politician trying to appeal to POC voters. It's a terrible rap, and the lyrics are fucking awful. "Fox hole love Pie in your face Living in and out of a big fat suitcase." Or this classic - "Ding ding, dong dong, ding ding, dong dong, ding ding." I just can't. Much of this album has the same elementary vocal cadence of Scar Tissue combined with a monotonous vocal melody. It does the same thing over and over and over and over. Same cadence, same melody, on repeat. Doot, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot, dooo. Now do it on the 4th. Now the 5th. And now the root. Repeat. Or like Emit Remus, let's not change chords at all. Most of my disappointment with this album is that RHCP are better than this.

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Wed Dec 23 2020
5

i think ive unconsciously grew up listening to these songs bc of ninong ewang. like a lot are familiar even tho i haven't intentionally listened to them before this (aside from the famous ones ofc).

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Fri Dec 04 2020
5

Only RHCP album I like

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Mon Sep 14 2020
5

Amazing

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Thu Jul 01 2021
5

Top, muito bom!

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Fri Dec 11 2020
5

Love it

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Thu Nov 05 2020
5

Great album with lots of variety. Full of high energy and quirky rhythms.

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Sat Nov 14 2020
5

Strong Start First Quarter is good First Half is good 3/4 Through is good All good. Very good album, I like.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
5

My first RHCP album, so my rating might be a bit biased. Still enjoy listening to this one every now and then. Gotta love the beautiful guitar and bass going on. Extra funky, then extra soulful.

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Thu Nov 05 2020
5

In my collection. Fantastic album with many standout tracks and a great overall sound to it.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

One of my favs

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Awesome album!

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Total classic. Love this album. Haven't listened to it top to bottom for a while though.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

Their best album! Awesome. Scar tissue is a top song! John F. is one of the best guitarists ever.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

9.5/10 One of my favourites. Californication >>> And that's not even covering scar tissue, otherside, etc All the riffs

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Mon Mar 15 2021
5

Pure nostalgia. One of the first albums I would listen to on repeat on my CD Walkman in the car.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Classic. Was my favorite when I was a teenager.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

One of my favorite bands, anything with John Frusciante is great!

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

A classic album and always a fun time

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Fri Jun 25 2021
5

I was not initially a fan of this album when it came out but it grew on me. All these years later it really holds up!

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Mon Apr 05 2021
5

Modern classic. This album hit hard when it came out, and has stuck around.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
5

Another one I already know well. This band has always been about the bass guitar for me. Obviously the other stuff too whatever lol

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Sweet sweet sounds

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

YES! what can i say about this album, except it was a part of my musical life, and still is, damn near a perfect album.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Absolute Jam

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

Estaba pensando en que es muy difícil escoger una canción preferida que tenga de los RHCP. No puedo llamarme fan de ellos ya que no he escuchado todos sus discos y de hecho los conocí más allá de "Californication" por su Greatest Hits. En fin, ahora que escucho este álbum completo, además de las (re)conocidas "Otherside" (en mi top), "Scar Tissue" y la ya mencionada, descubrí que "Parallel Universe", "I Like Dirt" y "Purple Stain" me gustaron mucho, mucho. La canción final ("Road Trippin'") me parece muy de despedida, ad hoc, y "Get on Top" me recuerda a "Give It Away", como same energy. En fin, que los RHCP lo que hacen, lo hacen muy bien y este es un disco muy buenazo. 9.5/10

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

hell yeah

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Sat Feb 27 2021
5

Pues si. Un disco cojonudo que te levanta de la cama

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Magnífico álbum de pop alternativo.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

Muy agradable escuchar siempre a RHCP, la voz del vocalista muy distintiva y me remonta de inmediato a los noventa cuando el rock era de lo más popular en MTV. Canciones que más me gustaron (además de Otherside y Californication por la nostalgia): Parallel Universe y Purple Stain. Mood: un top 10 en MTV a inicios de los 2000

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

Un classic!

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Tue Jun 29 2021
5

This is a strong Chilli Peppers albums - really liked it. The hits are good, and it was fun to hear the lesser known cuts - especially “Get on Top”. Another Rick Rubin success, and having John Fruscienti back didn’t hurt either. 4.5 stars and rounding up. Good+

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Mon Mar 15 2021
5

Another deep drag of nostalgia and a trip down memory lane. I think no matter what decade this would be released in it would still be a great album. I prefer Californiacation to the later stadium Arcadium album and I would go so far as to say this is RHCP best collection of music.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

.... not going to pretend to do an unbiased review.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
5

my second favourite chili peppers album even though its mastered way too loud.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

Unx siempre regresa a los lugares en los que fue feliz (?)y los RHCP son ese lugar para mí. Este disco suele ser considerado el mejor de la banda, tengo mis reservas pero sí creo que al menos sí presenta ya un sonido consolidado, maduro. 5/5 solo por existir

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Sat Mar 13 2021
5

Favourite RHCP album.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
5

An instant 5 for me. Not my favorite RHCP album overall but it has some absolute classics and the whole album is solid.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

they're so good love them

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Klassiker. Einfach gut.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

This is the apex of RHCP. Memories of just finishing high school and first road trip.

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Fri May 28 2021
5

Solid chilli peppers, can't go wrong

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Amazing album, pretty much all bangers and hits. Can get you riled up and then calm you down again. Fantastic

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

Every so often an album of genius comes along. This time it was the chili peppers turn to prove the perfect album does exist.

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Thu May 27 2021
5

I was amazed how many hits were on this album

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Wed Jul 21 2021
5

This album starts off strong with 'Around the World' and then just keeps it rolling with 'Parallel Universe' and 'Scar Tissue'. It's hard to find a song on this album that isn't a banger; even the softer songs hit hard. This is arguably the Red Hot Chili Peppers at their best.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Californication, Scar tissue, Otherside, Riad trippin’, Around the world

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Tue Jun 15 2021
5

How can I not rate this 5/5?

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

One of the great classic albums of it's times, and it's not even necessarily considered to be the best RHCP album. It's amazing how many hits came off of just this album. Almost every song on it is super recognizable and is still commonly heard now over 20 years later. Favorite Songs: Scar Tissue, Otherside, Road Trippin'

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Tue Aug 10 2021
5

Nice one. Loved the sounds. Very nice easy pop. 4,5 stars

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Sat Aug 14 2021
5

Savršenstvo

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Sun Aug 29 2021
5

Awesome album. Tons of hits, the B-sides are bangers too. One of their best.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

When I was in middle school and high school, whenever I rode the bus to school I would be listening to music on my Sony Walkman portable CD player. Inevitably, people would usually ask me what I was listening to. Whenever I was listening to something that I knew most people my age wouldn’t have heard of or liked (most of the time) I would say I was listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers. They were popular enough and seemingly acceptable enough for most people not to question me after I gave that answer. Now, more often than not, it feels like I have to defend liking this band for any number of reasons. Truth be told, from about 2000-2006, I was obsessed with RHCP. After hearing this album, I decided that I wanted to one day make music that sounded like them. Even though I never really did that exactly, they were the first band I remember making me feel that way. What’s undeniable about this band is immense talent of John Frusciante, Flea, and Chad Smith. What’s also undeniable is the chemistry that these 4 people have together. Anthony Kiedis can very often be a ridiculous and embarrassing singer and lyricist, but he never sounds insincere, for better or worse. What’s always apparent with RHCP is that these 4 people need each and need this band. This is a band that’s forged through trauma, grief, and addiction that always sounds like they love each other and love making music, even after almost 40 years together. Californication is the album that got me into them. I’m not sure if it’s their best or my favorite, but it’s definitely one where it felt they were able to tap into some form of magic. As with any RHCP album, there are some notably groan-inducing lyrics, but there also a whole bunch of bangers.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

This album highlights the quite spectacular impact Frusciante has on this band. Coming off the back of serious heroin addiction, Flea got him back into the fold, he cleaned up and they let him loose on this. Everything he does on this album brings out the best in the other members. His chemistry with Flea and Chad are just a joy to the ears and his background harmonies just lift Kiedis sometimes nonsensical lyrics somewhere else. Too many great tracks too sit and list but it rarely flags for a moment, ignoring the huge singles, songs like Saviour, Emit Remmus and This Velvet Glove just highlight not only how strong this whole album is but also the direction in which they were heading for By The Way (which doesn’t come close to touching this album despite its huge success) A joy. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

PERFECT ALBUM

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

Hell yeah

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Sun Oct 17 2021
5

Flea met de fantastische baslijnen. Heel wat topnummers op deze plaat. In mijn ogen hun allerbeste album!

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Mon Oct 18 2021
5

Peppers' 7th and the most successful album. Frusciante is back! Billboard's critic Paul Verna, mentioned that the album brought out "the group's softer, melodic side", as opposed to their previous six albums. I have underestimated RHCP previously because of their popularity. Their songs were everywhere on tv and radio. Now I understand that I was wrong. This album's sound is technically perfect and melodic!

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Thu Oct 28 2021
5

Muy bueno. Temazos

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Fri Oct 29 2021
5

Awesome album second only to BSSM

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

Great album would listen any time

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Fri Nov 05 2021
5

Let's go oOoOO o RHCPs fucking rock. I always had one of their songs in my little folder when I first started playing guitar. They were almost always the most fun. They are so playful, never afraid to do something they think is fun, and it just shines through in their music. It's really a step-up from Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Frusciante has some of the most memorable riffs ever on this album, Smith makes every song a Bop to listen to, Kiedis is as crazy as always and Flea always fucking delivers haha. I grew up with this album, and some songs like "Parrallel Universe" and "Easily" made me surprised that I'd never really heard them before, and now it's impossible for me to choose a favorite song to put on my playlist so it's an undeniable 5 for me.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Great start already one of my favorite albums from high school

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Can’t believe this is the first album I got xD

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Yup good

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

Such an excellent album. Starts off well and tapers off a bit in the second half but still a great listen. 9/10.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

amazing

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

All time classic. Brought me back to my middle school days.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

I liked it. I liked it. I liked it. I liked it.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Me like

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

❤️but not By The Way

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

What can ye say. Seminal album

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

One of THE albums of the 90s, classic.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

Completely biased rating because FUCK YESSSSSS!! This is the sound of me discovering a musical preference of my own, the sound of being 12 in 1999 and figuring out who I want to be. It is an undeniably groovy and unique album that is a direct line to my younger self.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

I’d riot if canonical albums like this weren’t included. One of my favourites and a long-term resident in the tape deck of my Tarago when I was in high school. I can understand people not enjoying all their stuff, but there’s just something about the Peppers. Only downer- a bit too much rhymy stuff in Around the World.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
5

This is RHCP at a perfect blend of funky-punky aggro, and softened alternative pop rock sound. It is tight, but still feels full. The only thing I might change is the song order, as many placements of songs in the overall album experience stick out to me.

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Sat Dec 25 2021
5

This was one in heavy rotation back in the day. The first half is much better, but there’s a lot of variety and energy throughout.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

Really good. Didn't realize I knew so many of these songs.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

08/06/1999 Playful and rhythmic, this bass guitar heavy album feels like the backdrop for a summer day playing beach volleyball on the Pacific or a sweaty dance floor at a rock club. With some of the most catchy tunes every to hit the radio, the diversity of vocal tones and lyrical themes (of resistance and freedom) complete the prescription of joy and release that cause so many embrace the entire album.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

Such a good album! I was getting a little bored towards the end but thats a personal issue and can't fault the album!

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

What can I say, the best grooves in the 90's/00s, the first album i bought when i was just 13yo.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

What a great band. This is not even their best album.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

Un dels grans retorns de la història del rock. Després de 'One Hot Minute' i de gairebé una década des de Blood Sugar, no crec que ningú esperés gaire de la banda a aquelles alçades, ni ells mateixos. I es treuen de la màniga, no un bon retorn, sinó el seu millor disc. Una banda sonora perfecta pel final del mil.lenni que superava tot el que havien aconseguit fins ara. Ho prova el fet que la banda des d'aleshores als seus shows recupera molts pocs temes anteriors al disc; una segona part de la seva carrera que els catapultaria com a banda d'estadis. Qui ho havia de dir al 1998!

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