RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

(UNITED STATES)

BLOOD SUGAR SEX MAGIK

(1991)
LABEL:

WARNER

GENRE:

FUSION METAL

TAGS:
Bluesy, Funky, Fusion, Groovy, Rasping vocals, Southern
"The artistic breaking point of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" is an almost perfect balance between the uncontrolled madness of the band's beginnings and a more formatted music for a wider audience."
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At the dawn of the 90's, the Red Hot Chili Peppers already had 4 albums to their credit and above all a very rich career that saw them marrying Funk, Punk and Rock. During this first period of their career, they also flirted with excesses of all kinds (which cost the life of their first guitarist, Hillel Slovak), and obtained not only an undeniable artistic success but also a beginning of commercial success.

And it is by signing with Warner that luck will smile on them. First of all in the form of a big bearded man with a hippie look: Rick Rubin (whose voice can be heard in the intro of "Suck My Kiss"). He has already contributed to the success of rap (Run DMC, Beastie Boys) and metal artists (Slayer, Danzig). His career is thus at the crossroads of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. If it is difficult to affirm with certainty that his contribution was determining in the transformation of the band, there is a good chance that he was one of the elements that allowed them to channel their energy and to concentrate on purely artistic aspects. In addition, he gave the album a sound that was quite breathtaking by its power and clarity.

Because of a period of artistic creativity quite rare, the group created and recorded in less than 2 months, not less than 25 titles, of which only 17 will finish on the very dense "Blood Sugar Sex Magik". Less metal than the previous album, the album forsakes a little the principle of the fusion (mixture of several genres in the same title) to offer titles exploring each one of the different musical universes. We go from the very funky "Apache Rose Peacock", "Funky Monks", "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" or "If You Have To Ask", to much more Rock tracks like "Suck My Kiss" and "My Lovely Man", to very successful ballads like "Under The Bridge" and "I Could Have Lied", or even to some quasi Rap with "Give It Away". 

The album does not know dead time and abounds in ideas and finds, served by exceptional artists. "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" is the ardour and the power of "Mother's Milk", with this time a good dose of maturity and especially a fluidity without equal. The bass is less omnipresent and aggressive, the guitars less demonstrative, and far from harming the efficiency of the result, this (relative) sobriety makes the tracks more striking and immediate. An almost perfect balance between the uncontrolled madness of their beginning and a more formatted music intended for a wider public.

This album is therefore the artistic breaking point of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, their creative and commercial peak. The moment when they switch from an impetuous and extravagant style to a more mastered and mainstream style. Be careful, if this state of grace will only last one album, it doesn't mean that the rest of the band's discography is to be rejected. In fact, if the band is a little less percussive on the content (but not on the form because of this huge sound), it gains in charm by laying down more bewitching, more intoxicating titles ("Under The Bridge", "Sir Psycho Sexy", "Breaking The Girl"). The rhythmic which was until then the backbone and the engine of the band places itself henceforth more in retreat and puts itself in the service of the melody. Flea is in this respect less preponderant on this album.

Without surprise, the album, which ends in the form of a wink by a customised cover of Robert Johnson's "They're Red Hot", will meet a huge success, both commercially (especially with the hit singles, "Breaking The Girl", "Under The Bridge", "Give It Away"), and artistically (it regularly appears in the charts of the best albums of the music magazines). A total success to be listened without delay.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. The Power Of Equality - 04:03
02. If You Have To Ask - 03:37
03. Breaking The Girl - 04:55
04. Funky Monks - 05:23
05. Suck My Kiss – 03:37
06. I Could Have Lied - 04:04
07. Mellowship Slinky In B Major - 04:00
08. The Righteous & The Wicked - 04:08
09. Give It Away - 04:43
10. Blood Sugar Sex Magik - 04:31
11. Under The Bridge - 04:24
12. Naked In The Rain - 04:26
13. Apache Rose Peacock - 04:42
14. The Greeting Song - 03:14
15. My Lovely Man - 04:39
16. Sir Psycho Sexy - 08:17
17. They're Red Hot 01:12

LINEUP:
Anthony Kiedis: Chant
Chad Smith: Batterie
Flea: Basse
John Frusciante: Guitares
   
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