Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991) By The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Written by Jeff Ramella on November 15, 2018
Reviewed By Cassidy Lunney
With a successful career spanning over three decades, The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been an iconic band in the music industry. The funky alternative rock coterie has fluctuated between members; but lead singer, Anthony Kiedis, and bassist, Flea, have remained constants since day one. Chad Smith and John Frusciante are well-known RHCP staples but Frusciante handed over the guitar strings to Josh Klinghoffer in 2009. RHCP is currently in studio with a new album in the works. In honor of the bands upcoming projects, I thought it would be appropriate to bring up a blast from the past for this review.
Blood Sugar Sex Magik is overflowing with lust, immaturity and a pure love of music. You can tell that when this album was made, the Chili Peppers were having the time of their lives and they expressed that throughout the album.
Under The Bridge, is no doubt a classic hit off of the 17 track album but the deeper meaning about Kiedis’ drug use is what really makes it a work of art. Not only is the song relatable but it shows the lead singers vulnerability and willingness to show himself to the world, without shame. RHCP has always been a group that defies the odds and keeps on rockin’ despite any struggles they may have gone through. They stay true to themselves and tell legitimate stories through song.
RHCP has a unique sound that is identifiable within the first few notes that penetrate the ears, not just from Kiedis’ voice but through the groovy guitar chords. This is particularly evident in songs like They’re Red Hot where you can barely make out what Kiedis is saying but the drums and guitar in the background make the track both uplifting and comical.
With songs titles like The Power Of Equality, I Could Have Lied and Breaking The Girl, vs. Apache Rose Peacock, Sir Psycho Sexy and Naked In The Rain, it’s obvious that RHCP has always found solace in the balance between serious and silly. Some may find this album to be vulgar and overtly sexual but it’s all in good fun, representing a time period when spreading love and good vibes was the only thing they knew how to do.
RHCP has kept a loyal fan base over the years and I can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for us next.
Rating: 4.8/5 Stars
Fav. Tracks: “If You Have To Ask,” “Under The Bridge,” “Suck My Kiss,” “They’re Red Hot”, “Give It Away”
Least Fav. : “My Lovely Man”