Red Hot Chili Peppers : By The Way

An unexpected treat all round

There are many reasons to loathe the Chili Peppers. The blame for nu metal can be laid squarely at the door of their cocky, jock-y, Cali-funky rap-rock. The success of their ‘Californication’ album has made them the band of choice for cloth-eared Philistines, account handlers and the like. That Flea’s always been an irritating little squirt, too.

But as nagging pop music goes, this is great. Kiedis starts off all college rock and wistful, in a queue for a gig (yeah, right). Then the rhythm section machine guns kick in behind him, and he’s away, flexing his pecs, on a taut stream-of-whatever. And we’re willing to put a fiver on this rumbly bassline once having belonged to Fugazi. An unexpected treat all round.

Kitty Empire

Share This

More Reviews

DIIV - 'Is The Is Are' Review

Zachary Cole Smith has overcome a multitude of problems to make this intensely powerful album


Goosebumps - Film Review

The film adaptation of R.L. Stine's classic horror novels is shockingly enjoyable


Rihanna - 'Anti' Review

A defiantly bangerless take-me-seriously-as-an-artist album that reveals new charms every time you spin it


'Spotlight' - Film Review

The utterly gripping story of how The Boston Globe exposed child abuse within the Catholic church

Connect With Us
This Week's Magazine