By Krystal Sidzyik, Senior Staff Writer
Fans of the Red Hot Chili Peppers have finally come to the end of their wait for the much anticipated new album. On Aug. 29, five years after their last release, “Stadium Arcadium,” the Red Hot Chili Peppers finally released “I’m With You.”
The first official album from the Red Hot Chili Peppers was released in 1984 and was self-titled. It sold 300,000 copies, but failed to reach music charts. It’s been 27 years since the first album, and the band has come a long way. They have sold over 65 million albums worldwide and have won seven Grammy awards.
The band now consists of founding members Anthony Kiedis (vocals) and Michael “Flea” Balzary (bass), alongside longtime drummer Chad Smith and recently-added guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.
“I’m With You,” is their tenth studio album and features 13 new songs. It doesn’t deviate from the familiar rock and funk sound of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The album is an old friend and fans will welcome it with open arms. Kiedis’s vocals are melodic and honeyed. Flea, Smith and Klinghoffer play together flawlessly, creating the familiar groove fans have been waiting for.
The album’s first single, “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” was officially released for purchase on July 18. On Aug. 10, the song became the band’s twelfth No. 1 single on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. The music video for “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” was released Aug. 17 and features the band playing on a building rooftop at Venice Beach in California.
Other songs that stand out on the album include “Did I Let You Know” and “Brendan’s Death Song.” “Did I Let You Know” is upbeat, fun and includes a touch of salsa. The song also features vocals from Klinghoffer.
“Brendan’s Death Song,” begins as a euphonious acoustic but turns into a rhythmic track. The song is about Brendan Mullen, a long-time friend of the band. Kiedis sings, “And when you hear this, you know it’s your jam, it’s your goodbye.” Mullen died after suffering a stroke in 2009, which also was the first day of rehearsals for “I’m With You.” According to Kiedis, the song has sort of a death march feel to it, but the song is more of a celebration than a bummer.
Other upbeat rhythmic tracks on the album include “Happiness Loves Company,” “Monarchy of Roses” and “Goodbye Hooray.” All tracks on the new album are worthy of a listen.
The band played a live song-by-song of “I’m With You” concert via satellite to select movie theaters around the world. The concert played at Village Pointe Cinema on Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.