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Tuesday, July 9, 2002


NEW ON CD

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‘By the Way,’
the Chili Peppers
have a ‘Red Hot’ album


"By the Way"

The Red Hot Chili Peppers (Warner Bros.)


Holy smoke, have the members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers been together for about 20 years already?

Bound to garner extra attention due to the band's long-overdue Honolulu concert at the end of the month, the group's new CD, "By the Way," is in stores today, three years after the popular "Californication."

ICE magazine reported that while "Californication" drew upon the positive and negative aspects of Hollywood and its impact across the globe, front man Anthony Kiedis' lyrics were influenced by his former girlfriend and Sept. 11.

"We actually debuted some of these songs last year when we played Europe. We'll try to include four or five new ones into our set list and hopefully be playing as much as 60 percent new material by the end" (of the group's tour).

While the band distinguished itself with frantic stage antics, recent albums show a more thoughtful approach to music. Producer Rick Rubin helped the band develop a more earnest and lofty sound, with Beach Boys-type harmonies and string arrangements.

Highlight cuts include the thumping title cut that is the album's first single, "Universally Speaking," "Dosed" and "The Zephyr Song."


ALSO OUT:

"Hard Candy," Counting Crows
"Ballads and Blues," Joey DeFrancesco
"Steppin' Out," The Grateful Dead (four-CD set)
"A Jackknife to A Swan," The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
"Halos & Horns," Dolly Parton
Complete Savoy label sets from Stan Getz, Charlie Parker and Lester Young


Gary C.W. Chun, Star-Bulletin


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