Friday, January 8, 2016

Californication Album Review

Arguably their most popular album, Californication is the 7th studio album of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of the most recognizable rock bands in music history. Created in Los Angeles in 1983, the band currently consists of lead singer Anthony Kiedis, drummer Chad Smith, bassist Flea, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, but at the time of the making of the album, the lead guitarist was John Frusciante.

Caifornication was released June 7th, 1999, and is one of the band's more popular albums, containing three of the band's most popular songs of all time (Californication, Scar Tissue, and Otherside). There are 15 songs on the album, each containing it's own emotion being expressed through lyrics and mood.

For example, songs such as Californication, Scar Tissue, Otherside, Road Trippin, and This Velvet Glove convey a deeper meaning than other songs, going deep into the mind of Anthony Kiedis and bringing up inner emotions expressed through poetry.

Otherside is a particularly popular song from the album that has a deeper meaning. The song is said to be about drug addiction, specifically heroin. The song talks about how you can't go back from a heroin addiction as well as the effects it has on the body. "The ashtray's full and I'm spilling my guts" refers to the common practice of heroin users smoking to enhance the effects of the drugs, as well as the vomiting that comes with withdrawal. The "other side" the song is talking about is the struggle with addiction.

More upbeat songs on the album such as Get On Top, Around The World, Parallel Universe, Emit Remmus, I Like Dirt, Easily, Porcelain, and Purple Stain show the funk feel the the band is most commonly known for, using upbeat rhythm to express positive emotions.

Californication (the song) is the most popular Red Hot Chili Peppers song to date. The song consists of various characteristics of Hollywood and California itself, like plastic surgery, fake movie effects, sandy beaches, and the mindset of California itself, the state being generally very easy-going and care free.

The album as a whole is a masterpiece- each song portrays a different emotion. There's a song on the album for every kind of person, whether you like upbeats or melancholy or even meaningful music. Each song is a masterpiece on it's own, making it a very popular record, selling over 15 million copies world wide. With subjects of death, lust, travel, contemplating suicide, and wonder, the album hits every emotion music can portray.

My favorite songs on the album are Scar Tissue, Otherside, and Around The World, while the only song I was not fond of was This Velvet Glove.

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