I’m With You

by Jon Frazier

I’d like to have something unique to say about the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new album, I’m With You. I’d like to say that it’s a major new step for the band, that new blood changes the game and makes it better (or worse). But it doesn’t. Thought the first 30 seconds may be worrisome to purists, the band has produced a solid new album, with a classic Chili Peppers sound, which is an achievement considering that they’ve been around since before I was born, and are on their third guitarist. I think any other band would have tried a change of direction years ago. But the Chili Peppers have survived death, drug addiction, and complete overkill on the airwaves. They show dedication to the fans and keep giving us what we want from them: sex and drug fueled ballads with creative lyrics and great riffs. While it’s no classic like 2006’s brilliant (yet bloated) Stadium Arcadium, I’m With You adds to their catalog of successes.

Check out the album, available in stores everywhere (including iTunes), or on YouTube, and comment below.

Jon Frazier is a writer and filmmaker currently living and working in Boston, MA.