Red Hot Chili Peppers "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Covers – EP" Review — 4.5 out of 5 stars
Thu, 03 May 2012 08:28:55
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Covers require just the right amount of reverence and recklessness.
In order to truly pull off a quality cover and add a stamp of individuality, an artist must preserve the integrity of the original, while spontaneously surprising the listener at every turn. Red Hot Chili Peppers manage to strike that elusive balance elegantly on their six-song Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Covers – EP.
Rather than translate these tunes note for note, Red Hot Chili Peppers re-imagine them as their own. Everything kicks off with sun-soaked doo wop of "A Teenager in Love" originally by Dion & The Belmonts. Amped up by Flea's fleet-fingered bass wizardry and personal percussive flare from Chad Smith, the song echoes the group's own pensive moments with some fiery flare. Anthony Kiedis sounds simply heavenly crooning in tandem with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer's perfect playing.
Meanwhile, Ramones' "Havana Affair" adopts a slow swaggering groove and Kiedis's pipes resound brilliantly over the smooth six-string melody. "Search and Destroy" from Iggy Pop and The Stooges channels old school punk energy with modern lead fireworks courtesy of Klinghoffer.
The funky take on Neil Young's "Everybody Knows This is Nowhere" could fuel your favorite '70s flick starring Red Hot Chili Peppers of course, and "I Get Around" is just plain fun as The Beach Boys intended it. On David Bowie's "Suffragette City", you can practically feel Red Hot Chili Pepper's own immortal chemistry and presence coursing through the speakers.
Achieving the impossible, Red Hot Chili Peppers made a covers album that's perfect in every way. Plus, it's a great holdover until their next studio masterpiece.
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