|Wonderfully minimalistic album cover|
Arriving at Brendan's Death Song, the album shifts a gear back with it's acoustic guitar intro. Slowly building up for several minutes, it proves itself to be a very dynamic track, climaxing near the end with Flea, who is all over the track with his stunning basslines. He is not only integral to the band, but establishes himself as the absolute star of the album with an infinite supply of juicy, thriving and boisterous basslines for Josh to weave his guitar licks around. Meanwhile, Anthony Kiedis also finds his place. His vocals are very genuine and inspire a sense of nostalgia, whereas the first two tracks at times come across as slightly forced. This is also where the album really takes off. It builds up strongly until we reach Goodbye Hooray, without a doubt the most intense song of the album. Right off the bat we are faced with a thundering riff and frantic rhythm section, culminating in an over-the-top guitar solo,something that many fans have taken for granted when listening to the Peppers.
|Lyrics booklet with great pictures|
What we are left with is still a good album, but it could have been better if a few tracks had been cut, 'Annie Wants A Baby' and 'Happiness Loves Company' in particular. Josh Klinghoffer is undoubtedly the best replacement there is for John Frusciante. Although his textural approach has shown us many great new possibilities whilst staying true to the Peppers' unique sound, it has also lead to there being no really memorable guitar riffs and few guitar solos. All in all, 'I'm With You' is a good introduction to Josh, but at times comes across as slightly subdued.