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Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  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. Mar 31, 2022
    90
    ‘Unlimited Love’ is exactly what it says on the tin. A celebration of union, friendship, and life, all manifested across 17 tracks. Littered with lyrical easter eggs and distinctive Chili Peppers funky flare, this record is a regal return.
  3. 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.
  4. 80
    The sound is lean and clean, sharply separated with individual instrumentation shining through and not a lot of over-dubbing or effects.
  5. 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.
  6. 80
    On their 12th album, Red Hot Chili Peppers not only get comfortable with their own impressive legacy, but prove there’s plenty more to come.
  7. Apr 1, 2022
    75
    Casual fans may be disappointed by the lack of hooks until they’ve heard it another twenty times, while hardcore fans will slowly discover there’s a musical depth the Peppers have long been striving for. The bulk of the album blends into its own flavor, and it’s a good one. Unlimited Love doesn’t do it all, but what it does, it does damn well.
  8. Apr 6, 2022
    74
    While this old dog isn’t learning any new tricks, the band’s unmistakable chemistry shines, and each note is a glimpse into a youthful energy that hasn’t been seen in quite some time.
  9. Apr 5, 2022
    70
    Unlimited Love is a decidedly low-key affair, not concerned about competing with the band’s past greatness, but rather more focused on the simple joys of being in the same room jamming together again.
  10. 70
    The Chilis are back together, having fun. And it feels good. [May 2022, p.80]
  11. 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.
  12. Mar 31, 2022
    70
    Despite the overall trippy and feel-good nature of the set, there's enough for fans of any past era to find an entry point and enjoy the ride.
  13. 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.”)
  14. Apr 4, 2022
    60
    John Frusciante’s performance is effective and restrained, and drummer Chad Smith shines when he’s let loose, notably on These Are The Ways. There are, however, way too many tracks that miss their marks, trying to supplant the old energy with wisdom; the magik with maturity.
  15. 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]
  16. Apr 6, 2022
    58
    It’s far from a miserable affair, it certainly passes the time, it’s just hard to imagine how so much talent in a room didn’t arrive with something that didn’t feel so staid.
  17. May 4, 2022
    50
    You can do a whole lot worse than Unlimited Love, its main sin homogeneity rather than insufferableness.
  18. Apr 1, 2022
    50
    ‘Unlimited Love’ certainly won’t win over the naysayers. As the laid-back funk and wordplay of ‘Poster Child’ attests, all their usual tropes are present and correct, meaning whatever your view on the Chili Peppers, this record will only confirm it.
  19. 40
    Bloated and self-indulgent, it plods along, with barely a memorable melody or thought-provoking lyric among its 17 tracks.
  20. 40
    It’s safely on-brand. It’s just smoother, and slower, and sloppier than before.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 146 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 146
  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+++ Full Review »
  2. Apr 5, 2022
    2
    This is seriously awful. If you are listening to this and like it PLEASE tell me how. There are moments of relatively interesting instrumentalThis is seriously awful. If you are listening to this and like it PLEASE tell me how. There are moments of relatively interesting instrumental parts but Anthony Keidis absolutely destroys any hope of anything remotely exciting happening on this. IT is so long, so uninspired and boring. What is good about this?! please help me understand why people are giving this anything above 2/10 i just don't get it. I used to be an enormous RHCP fan but this is a 50 year old saying dumb ass rhymes, out of key. Useless vocalist with zero musical ability. John, Flea and Chad are massively talented musicians who must be getting paid very well to phone it in this badly and put out a 17 track album of pure filler.... Full Review »
  3. Apr 3, 2022
    10
    One of the best album in entire RHCP discography, great return. Flea, Chad and John are incredible. Amazing album...