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  • Summary: The first full-length release in six years for the Red Hot Chili Peppers is also the first with John Frusciante since 2006's Stadium Arcadium.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Mar 31, 2022
    100
    Throughout Unlimited Love, you can still hear their enthusiasm breathing life into these tracks: when Flea, Frusciante, and Smith really lock in on a groove, they’re indestructible.
  2. Apr 1, 2022
    88
    It is this balance of experimentalism and familiarity, of the tentative and the trusted, that makes “Unlimited Love” utterly unstoppable and unlike anything you’re likely to hear this year.
  3. Mar 31, 2022
    80
    The result is vintage RHCP: a jammy, melodic effort that blends the wavy reflections of their 1999 triumph, Californication, with the expansive rock of Stadium Aracadium.
  4. Apr 1, 2022
    70
    The band's albums with outgoing guitarist Josh Klinghoffer weren't bad, exactly — The Getaway in particular holds up quite nicely — but, when listening to Unlimited Love, there's a strong sense of everything falling into place and order being restored.
  5. Mar 31, 2022
    62
    Unlimited Love is competent and comforting—its creators rarely try to grab your attention but never totally embarrass themselves either. (Well, maybe a little during the rap verses in “Poster Child.”)
  6. Mojo
    Mar 31, 2022
    60
    Unlimited Love's sprawling 17 tracks almost inevitably include a few free-spirited missteps, with Aquatic Mouth dance and poster Child getting stuck in a groove. Nevertheless, an impressive consolidation of their strengths. [May 2022, p.89]
  7. 40
    It’s safely on-brand. It’s just smoother, and slower, and sloppier than before.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 62
  2. Negative: 4 out of 62
  1. Apr 1, 2022
    10
    This album is, by far, one of the best within the entire RHCP discography. From beginning to end, the album just flows and is chock full ofThis album is, by far, one of the best within the entire RHCP discography. From beginning to end, the album just flows and is chock full of surprises. After a first listen, I'd describe this as "Californication" meets "By the Way" and "Stadium Arcadium". So glad that John is back in the band. Looking forward to future albums from this powerhouse of a band! A+++ Expand
  2. Apr 26, 2022
    10
    Ive been waiting for this album since By the Way. Absolutely phenominal in everyway, not a bad track on the album. Standouts these are theIve been waiting for this album since By the Way. Absolutely phenominal in everyway, not a bad track on the album. Standouts these are the ways, the great apes- Frusciantes screaming guitar on this is sublime. Heavy Wing, Bastards of Light. The list goes on, dont listen to the critics reviews this is a 5 star album and their best for 20 years Expand
  3. Apr 1, 2022
    10
    The Chilli Peppers are extremely bonded and listening to U.L. we can feel how happy they are to make music again. An album withThe Chilli Peppers are extremely bonded and listening to U.L. we can feel how happy they are to make music again. An album with experimentations, bangers, funky tracks and lots of love/happiness involved. The Klinghoffer's era was good to listen to too but nothing compares to the fantastic foursome together. Lucky for us to be able to witness this union again. 10/10 Expand
  4. Apr 1, 2022
    9
    Depth and balance. So much to unpack, the overwhelming majority of which is terrific.
  5. Apr 1, 2022
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Love this album! Every member shines through on a diverse and eclectic mix of songs. This forst step into a new era might not pull millions of new fans or even be enough of a leap for some, but it's massively pleasing for long time listeners of the band. Personally, this is a new classic and I can't wait to see any of these songs live. Expand
  6. Apr 2, 2022
    8
    There are a few turds on this album but the remaining songs are great. Strongest new Chili Peppers sound since BSSM.
  7. Apr 2, 2022
    0
    Catholic School Girls still exists and this music isn't worth ignoring that for.

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