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Saturday, 27 August 2011


'I'm With You' is the new Red Hot Chilli Pepper album out this week with their new beginning and new guitarist following the departure of their former axeman, but this isn't the first time they've had to fair without John Frusciante. Jane's Addiction legend Dave Naverro joined them for 'One Hot Minute', the bands sixth studio album, which came in the mid-nighties, a decade bookended by two complete, classic Frusciante full albums (91's 'Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic' and 99's 'Californication'). This Rick Rubin produced album was raw and real, just check the devotion of 'All My Friends' and the depth of 'Tearjerker'. Even Flea got down on it on the acoustic 'Pea'. The James Brown inspired mother funkers still kept their groove like Stella despite the departure of their dear John. Sure this album wasn't a classic and lacked some magic like their brilliant Lakers tribute 'Salute To Kareem' but still it was an album greater than most. The singles 'Warped', 'Coffee Shop' and 'Shallow By Thy Name' helped it fly, but the awesome 'Aeroplane' really took them higher. Naverro's brief but beautiful membership was a badge of success and is a good sign for this album. If anyone can survive the leaving of the greatest guitarist in the world it the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the greatest band in the world. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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