Track Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers, 'Monarchy of Roses'


"Monarchy of Roses" (4:11)
Producer: Rick Rubin
Writers: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Publishers: Wagging Dog Tail Music (BMI), Earl Grey Songs (ASCAP)
Warner Bros.

Red Hot Chili Peppers have embarked on something new with "I'm With You," their 10th studio album and their first to feature guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. "Monarchy of Roses," the opening track on the full-length, is a testament to such a genesis, but the transition to an evolved sound isn't quite complete yet. The absence of former guitarist John Frusciante's playful trills are the first noticeable aspect of "Monarchy," while Anthony Kiedis chimes in with distorted vocals, denying listeners the chance to decipher his storytelling and effortlessly bright tenor. Eventually the song kicks into gear with a disco-thump bass line from Flea, but ultimately, "Monarchy" represents a mixed bag of new ideas. Like any veteran band, Red Hot Chili Peppers are experiencing growing pains, and these "Roses" hurt as much as they delight.

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