I’m With You is the Chili’s tenth studio album. They are now truly veterans and no longer those young whippersnappers who hung gym socks from their genitalia. After having won a handful of Grammys, selling over 60 million albums, and having recorded five multi-platinum albums you would be hard pressed to say that the Red Hot Chili Peppers were not one of the most successful rock bands of the last 20 years. Sticking with the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” line of thinking they worked again with producer Rick Rubin. He has produced their last five albums. After taking some time off after the release of their last album (2006’s double album Stadium Arcadium) and recovering from the loss (again) of pivotal member guitarist John Frusciante, the band is back and have not lost a step. In a world filled with mainstream junk they swim against the current and make real music. I was surprised, so much so that I kept listening to the album over and over, at how sophisticated the sound is. They are still a pretty funky rock band but there is a subtleness to the new songs that wasn’t there before. Maybe it can be attributed to new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. He allows the other members to take the forefront and seems content supporting them rather than being front and centre. Whatever it is it is a winning formula. Put a pause on the death knoll for the band as there is plenty of life left in the cagey veterans.
- Wilco Concert Preview