With the release of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ tenth studio album, I’m With You, many longtime fans wondered how the exit of guitarist John Frusciante would change the band’s sound. Some even wondered if this was the beginning of the end for the Chili Peppers..
While I’m With You is a departure of sound from the band’s earlier body work, Josh Klinghoffer firmly establishes himself as a welcome addition to the band and the Pepper’s sound.
Most guitarists would have been content to become a clone of Frusciante, but Klinghoffer brings a new sonic edge to the Peppers, along the lines of The Edge (pun intended) and Andy Summers.
Flea, Chad Smith, and Anthony Kiedis also perform well on I’m With You with new signs of life and direction not heard since their breakthrough album, Mother’s Milk. With that said, don’t expect to hear ‘Subway To Venus’ or ‘Magic Johnson’ retreads here, as the band displays a developed maturity throughout the 14 tracks of I’m With You.
There is a little something for everyone as the band offers a variety of styles on I’m With You from ballads to garage rock, and ‘70s disco to their version of funk.
I’m With You may take some time for some die-hard fans to get used to, but the album certainly grows on you with each repeated listen.
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