Stadium Arcadium - Red Hot Chili Peppers
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  • Summary: Rick Rubin produced this double-disc, 28-song set for the veteran Los Angeles rock outfit.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. It overflows with the kind of music the Chili Peppers do best: a physical, often psychedelic mix of spastic bass-slapped funk and glistening alt-rock spiritualism. Only they've never sounded this good as musicians.
  2. There's hardly any doodling or misfiring to undermine the sheer vastness of Stadium Arcadium.
  3. 80
    It's the sound of a band on a roll. [Jun 2006, p.110]
  4. 70
    This is virile, excited music. [Jun 2006, p.146]
  5. At least when the bassist ruled they livened up this overworked dynamic with beats. Now they tax it with tunes.
  6. Frusciante's guitar work... almost single-handedly saves the project, but not quite.
  7. The lyrics are especially vapid here in the Stadium Arcadium.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 350
  1. May 28, 2013
    10
    The Red Hot Chili Peppers a band that has managed to make great Rock n Roll music since the 80's. This is one of the few bands to make it big in the 90's and continue to make beautiful music in the 2000's. Making a two disc album isn't that common but it does happen and when it does it's very hard to make the whole thing a masterpiece but that is not the case with this record. Stadium Arcadium is an album with 28 perfect songs. It's obvious that all four of the Chili Peppers know what their doing when it comes to making music. I don't need to go into a song analysis because i truly love each and every song on this album. I don't care who you are if you have yet to listen to this masterpiece you are making a huge mistake. I give Red Hot Chili Peppers "Stadium Arcadium" a perfect 10 out of 10 Expand
  2. Nov 26, 2013
    10
    haters please buzz off !!
    simply amazing track :)
    Red Hot Chili Peppers _/_
    Stadium Arcadium was pretty good. I mean, I bought this when it
    came out. It wasn't one of their best works due to the fact they went a little soft in this album. I mean, they played the softness pretty well I believe in "Californication", but that is it I believe. I just think they should get back to making music that was like Blood Sugar Sex Magik. That album was AMAZING Expand
  3. Dec 10, 2012
    10
    This is a very ambitious project from the Red hot chili peppers. A 28 track album! And they pull it off, so well! Being only 18, Stadium was my first experience of the Chili Peppers. And it was so massive and awesome, I thought it was a best of album. I love almost all of the songs in this sprawling metropolis of Alternative rock/Funk rock. My personal favourites are Dany California, Snow, Hump de bump, slow cheetah, especially in Michigan, Tell me baby, Readymade and Storm in a teacup. Yeah...there are a lot of good songs. Charlie is the only song I don't like, and I'm sure that is just personal taste. I recommend this album to anyone, it's certainly in the top 20 albums in history. Expand
  4. Dec 30, 2013
    9
    28 Tracks, they got the quality and the quantity. I like the album because every one ine the band is in a good situation, no hard drugs or other. And I felt that because of that the produced an album of great quality. Expand
  5. Jul 15, 2013
    7
    An underrated album for sure. Although not every song on the album is perfect (or at all good), it makes up for it with amazing and memorable songs which are sure to become some of your favourites. Expand
  6. Nov 2, 2013
    6
    [6.6] Stadium Arcadium isn't the best of the Chili Peppers, but for a band that started dying about six years before this album came out, it's a nice reminder that the Chili Peppers are capable of coming out with cohesive, and agreeably good music. It's a small incline in the downhill slope the band has been headed in during the last ten years. The songs on this album are a lot of fun, and for a band that has such a tortured history as the Chili Peppers do, and the extremely positive attitude of this band is certainly commendable after what they've been through. the songs are generally quite plain though. It is less evident than in By The Way, but the Chili Peppers have lost funk. This album may be proof that funk isn't all that they had, but it in no way compliments their songwriting. The playful aspect of this album isn't really playfulness as much as it is immaturity. The songs on this album are noticeably childish, and often the lyrics come across as dumb. The worst part is that the dumbness of the Chili Peppers is fully their own fault. The poor songwriting has often been criticized as "soft" and "mellow," suggesting that the band now wants to make ballads and love songs, but that isn't the case at all. The Chili Peppers are just plain and foolish. I enjoyed this album but it was very hard to do. Expand
  7. Dec 29, 2010
    5
    Don't get me wrong, I like the Chili Peppers, but Stadium Arcadium is just alright at best. Some of the songs were great, but some failed to live up to expectations. The only thing that really saved the album was John Frusciante's guitar and Flea's bass. Other than that, most of the album sounds like it could have been an outtake from By the Way or Californication. Expand

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