My problem with this as well as Californication is that they aren't flowing enough. They're both just a collection of songs, there isn't enough driving consistency or linking action. If that makes sense.
[quote]But a lot of the new songs sound too polished, too much NOT Frusciante. There’s not even that much “funkiness for the sake of it” (see Hump De Bump) but rather a lack of feeling present in the recording; as if his live energy wasn’t transferred on tape in the right way, but was instead robbed of the bit of rawness needed[/quote]
That's interesting you say that. I actually thought the complete opposite when I listened to it. It's on this recording that I feel Frusciante sounds more alive than on any album before this. For the first time he is actually displaying the raw energy in his solos that he does when he performs live. This is possibly my favorite RHCP album because of John. He really drives the whole thing.
I think it's an okay album, there are definitely too many song on it though. My main problem is how much the singles are being played. I used to like Snow, but I can't stand it now due it being on TV or radio every 5 seconds.
Desecration is a great song and I'm not looking forward to getting sick of it
Awesome mix... Drop Especially in Michigan and throw in Strip My Mind and it'd be even better.
I hated the album when I first heard it, because even after 30 minutes or so it felt like I was still listening to the same song or something. The track order is terrible.
There are a lot of mediocre/borderline terrible songs on there too, especially near the end.