Red Hot Chili Peppers + Kanye West & Jay-Z | Track reviews

The Chili Peppers work out a new guitarist and a newfound groove on their comeback; Yeezy and Jeezy get overshadowed by a sample.

Time Out Ratings :

<strong>Rating: </strong>3/5

“The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie”


Red Hot Chili Peppers


Maggie must live with Dani California and Gloria the Venice Queen in some dingy Santa Monica beach house. Like the other girls populating Chili Peppers songs, she’s a tragic young hippie chick with a broken home, a junkie boyfriend and Anthony Kiedis hot on her tail. We’ve come to expect these tragic heartland chicks in Kiedis’s lyrics. We’ve come to expect wince-worthy stanzas like, “Tick tock / I want to / Rock you like the ’80s / Cock-blocking isn’t allowed.” But this is not business as usual. Kiedis, for one, isn’t rapping those lines in cargo shorts. He’s singing them, mellowly. John Frusciante is gone, as are his clean funk lines. Josh Klinghoffer, guitarist No. 8, is a painterly player, brushing smoggy washes over the casual disco strut. But make no mistake, this is now Flea’s band. As it should be. He walks up and down his bass as coolly as Chic leading a “Seven Nation Army.”


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