Last year, I reported on long time Chili Pepper guitarist John Frusciante’s departure and his subsequent replacement (and one time protege) Josh Kilinghoffer. The first single by the band has arrived with an album, I’m With You due out August 30. The song is called “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” and it’s not the triumphant return many had hoped for. It’s more of a Red Hot Chili Peppers lite (less calories but certainly less flavor) but by no means bad, just a little…disappointing.
Klinghoffer uses RHCP’s previous sound and adds his subtle textured guitar playing to take things in a slightly new version of their radio ready “funk”. The chorus while catchy, is a bit too stadium rock for this Captain’s ears. The backing vocals could also us a good boost in the mix as well.
I’ll admit, I’m moderately nervous about this new RHCP incarnation. The golden era of the band is over but I’m hoping the new blood will give this band the much needed kick in the ass it needs.