Stadium Arcadium

Stadium Arcadium

by Red Hot Chili PeppersRed Hot Chili Peppers

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Overview

Coming 30 years into the Red Hot Chili Peppers saga, the barrier-defying double album Stadium Arcadium trades the usual sophomoric shock tactics for something truly surprising.. Here, the ultimate West Coast party band proves that the strategically placed tube socks are a thing of the past and that they deserve -- gasp! -- to be taken seriously. Thank guitarist John Frusciante, who's more of a presence here than usual, lacing songs like "Charlie" with dizzy, art-tastic guitar solos and pushing his fellow Peppers into heretofore unexplored territory, as on the Stereolab-on-steroids power drone "Animal Bar." There's a good bit of new ground covered here, primarily on the second disc, which is subtitled "Mars." On "21st Century," for instance, bassist Flea corrals his over-the-top funkateering, marshaling out the notes in a spare, angular style that's more reminiscent of Gang of Four than the Ohio Players. The set's first disc, a.k.a. "Jupiter," has more of a classic Chilis vibe, replete with purposefully goofy, rhythm-dominated odes to knockin' boots: Flea makes the most of the chance to grind his pelvis into the groove of "Bump Da Bump," while frontman Anthony Kiedis works his stream-of-consciousness mojo on the delirious "Especially in Michigan." The smattering of ballads here -- relatively few compared to the band's most recent studio efforts -- fall short of the emotional oomph of, say, "Under the Bridge." But when the Peppers get it right, as they do for most of Stadium Arcadium, they tickle and provoke, nudge and wink, and make it easy to tell 'em to hold on tight and don't let go.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/09/2006
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624999621
catalogNumber: 49996
Rank: 2637

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Red Hot Chili Peppers   Primary Artist
Billy Preston   Tambourine
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Richard Dodd   Cello
Brad Warnaar   French Horn
Monique Mosee   Choir, Chorus
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez   Guitar,Soloist
Emily Kokal   Choir, Chorus
Michael Bolger   Trombone
Natalie Baber   Choir, Chorus
Mylissa Hoffman   Choir, Chorus
Alexis Izenstark   Choir, Chorus
Spencer Izenstark   Choir, Chorus
Dylan Lerner   Choir, Chorus
Kyle Lerner   Choir, Chorus
Gabrielle Mosbe   Choir, Chorus
Sophia Mosbe   Choir, Chorus
Isabella Shmelev   Choir, Chorus
Landen Starkman   Choir, Chorus
Wyatt Starkman   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Red Hot Chili Peppers   Art Direction
Flea   Composer
John Frusciante   Composer
Anthony Kiedis   Composer
Rick Rubin   Producer,Audio Production
Chad Smith   Composer
Andrew Scheps   Engineer
Ryan Hewitt   Engineer
Jason Lader   Engineer
Dana Nielsen   Engineer
Jon Cohan   Drum Technician
Dave Lee   Guitar Techician
Mark Linette   Engineer
Matt Taylor   Art Direction
Chris Holmes   Engineer

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