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#395: Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers

5.18.2011


Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers (1999)

Favorite Track(s): The last one, because that meant it was almost over. Also because it was kind of pretty ("Road Trippin'").

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) It may come as no surprise that I do not enjoy the Red Hot Chili Peppers. All their songs sound the same to me, and for some reason create a mood in my mind that is unpleasant and somehow...lazy. Not in a good, relaxing-and-chilling-out lazy, but like a meh-what's-the-point-of-anything/everything-is-boring kind of lazy. I have no idea why this is. I just repel their music and their aesthetic. But I know Rolling Stone and many people enjoy them (to be fair, I was listening heavily to NSYNC when this album came out, so my taste can't hold much credence with anyone). So here we go.

(Post-Listening) I do like the album cover, and of course the album and song name is very clever. The first song on the album is "Around the World", whose title makes me think of the musical Grey Gardens. The Red Hot Chili Peppers song was different, as you might have shrewdly guessed. I liked it until Anthony started singing. Speak-singing, that is. This is just not my kind of music. As each song would start I'd sort of think it was interesting and then be sick of it before I was 30 seconds in. And there were 15 songs. Even "Californication"--which if I really did pick a favorite song would probably be the winner--leaves me feeling listless and disgruntled. Which I recognize it what some people want from their music. But not me. Thank God The Temptations are up next.

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