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  • Summary: Rick Rubin produced this double-disc, 28-song set for the veteran Los Angeles rock outfit.

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Snow (hey Oh)
Come to decide that the things that I tried Were in my life just to get high on When I sit alone come get a little known But I need more than myself... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. There's hardly any doodling or misfiring to undermine the sheer vastness of Stadium Arcadium.
  2. Q Magazine
    100
    Represents a career high for the Chili Peppers. [Jun 2006, p.106]
  3. Stadium Arcadium has too many midtempo tracks and, in the manner of U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind, is more of a summation of the Peppers' career than a step forward. But the band is still capable of surprises.
  4. Blender
    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. Attempting such an ambitious concept in an age of diminished attention spans should no doubt be applauded, but overstretching itself in a stab at immortality, "Stadium Arcadium" marks a step backwards from 2002's "By The Way".
  7. The lyrics are especially vapid here in the Stadium Arcadium.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 357
  1. 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 wasThis 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
  2. Asis
    Jul 17, 2006
    10
    These solos are great.John Frusciante is my hero.
  3. Andrew
    May 9, 2006
    10
    Maybe a couple tracks of filler, but on the whole the album satisfies with at least 20 perfect tracks.
  4. Nairon
    Oct 22, 2006
    10
    I loved reading the reviews about how bad this album is. hilarious how some people dont know music. enjoy your jessica simpson, milli I loved reading the reviews about how bad this album is. hilarious how some people dont know music. enjoy your jessica simpson, milli vanilli, britney spears albums, leave this one to people who love music. I'm hoping this album helps get rid those image before substance "artists"... unless maybe youre not used to people playing instruments? thats when they write there own stuff and not have someone else play and write the music and them just sing over it. RHCP are the best band eva there new album is so cool I cant stop listening to Stadium Arcadium,Their best track is gotta be torture me but there are no shit tracks on the album anyway.Many people i have spoken to about this double album are critical of it because it has moved so far away from their work in albums such as The Uplift Mofo Party Plan or Blood Sugar Sex Magik. These albums are great but that does not mean that Stadium Arcadium is less so because it is so different to the style of the earlier albums. The band has developed much since then, most noticably in Anthony's singing style, which was much more rap-based. Do not discount this album because it is different to their others, judge it for its own merits, of which it has many. The majority of the tracks are strong, so much so that i listened to the whole double album first time around in one sitting with no skippings. Undoubtedly there are negatives which come (in my mind) during some of the slower songs which can drag on. But there are many highlights, such as my personal favourites "tORTURE ME""She's only 18" and "Slow Cheetah". Overall this is a very good album from one of the biggest and best bands on the planet and we should hope that they continue making them. Expand
  5. DualForm
    Jul 17, 2006
    9
    I believe Mars is better than Jupiter.
  6. Ranka
    Jul 17, 2006
    8
    Jupiter 5-6 great songs. Mars 7-8 great songs. if they recorded these songs I would give 10.
  7. Jim
    May 8, 2006
    0
    The same as... their last album!

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