Mike Hayes

Wed-Fri 6PM-11PM


September 24, 1991
Warner Bros.
Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Heavy Metal, Dance-Rock, Funk Metal

Album Review

The Red Hot Chili Peppers' best album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik benefits immensely from Rick Rubin's production -- John Frusciante's guitar is less overpoweringly noisy, leaving room for differing textures and clearer lines, while the band overall is more focused and less indulgent, even if some of the grooves drag on too long. Lyrically, Anthony Kiedis is as preoccupied with sex as ever, whether invoking it as his muse, begging for it, or boasting in great detail about his prowess, best showcased on the infectiously funky singles "Give It Away" and "Suck My Kiss." However, he tempers his testosterone with a more sensitive side, writing about the emotional side of failed relationships ("Breaking the Girl," "I Could Have Lied"), his drug addictions ("Under the Bridge" and an elegy for Hillel Slovak, "My Lovely Man"), and some hippie-ish calls for a peaceful utopia. Three of those last four songs (excluding "My Lovely Man") mark the band's first consistent embrace of lilting acoustic balladry, and while it's not what Kiedis does best as a vocalist, these are some of the album's finest moments, varying and expanding the group's musical and emotional range. Frusciante departed after the supporting tour, leaving Blood Sugar Sex Magik as probably the best album the Chili Peppers will ever make.
Steve Huey, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. The Power of Equalityhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blood-sugar-sex-magik/id945581828?uo=5
  2. If You Have to Askhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blood-sugar-sex-magik/id945581828?uo=5
  3. Breaking the Girlhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blood-sugar-sex-magik/id945581828?uo=5
  4. Funky Monkshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blood-sugar-sex-magik/id945581828?uo=5
  5. Suck My Kisshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blood-sugar-sex-magik/id945581828?uo=5
  6. I Could Have Liedhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blood-sugar-sex-magik/id945581828?uo=5
  7. Mellowship Slinky in B Majorhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blood-sugar-sex-magik/id945581828?uo=5
  8. The Righteous & The Wickedhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blood-sugar-sex-magik/id945581828?uo=5
  9. Give It Awayhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blood-sugar-sex-magik/id945581828?uo=5
  10. Blood Sugar Sex Magikhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blood-sugar-sex-magik/id945581828?uo=5
  11. Under the Bridgehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blood-sugar-sex-magik/id945581828?uo=5
  12. Naked in the Rainhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blood-sugar-sex-magik/id945581828?uo=5
  13. Apache Rose Peacockhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blood-sugar-sex-magik/id945581828?uo=5
  14. The Greeting Songhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blood-sugar-sex-magik/id945581828?uo=5
  15. My Lovely Manhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blood-sugar-sex-magik/id945581828?uo=5
  16. Sir Psycho Sexyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blood-sugar-sex-magik/id945581828?uo=5
  17. They're Red Hothttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blood-sugar-sex-magik/id945581828?uo=5
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