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Reunited with producer Rick Rubin and guitarist John Frusciante (both of whom were on board for the 1991's breakthrough Blood Sugar Sex Magik), the Chili Peppers waste no time in burying their last effort, the so-so One Hot Minute. Californication's kickoff cut, "Around the World," swaggers around the room, reacquainting itself with old fans and welcoming new ones. Fuzzy Hendrix vibes and popcorn bass lines still rule the roost, along with a heaping helping of disco magic and some unexpected twists. Ten years ago, Anthony Kiedis and company wouldn't have been comfortable doing revamped new wave ("Parallel Universe") or unpretentious ballads (the acoustic "Road Trippin'"), but such material fits Californication's extra-wide canvas. Except for a few meandering numbers that could have been excised, the Red Hot Chili Peppers succeed and regain their footing on the mountain of adrenalized funk. --Jason Josephes

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tracklisting: Around the World
Parallel Universe
Scar Tissue
Get on Top
Emit Remmus
I Like Dirt
This Velvet Glove
Purple Stain
Right On Time
Road Trippin'
title: Californication
rating: 4
purchase date: 09-05-2005
published: 08-06-1999
price: $18.98
net Rating: 4.5
last lookup time: 137384320
genre: Funk Rock
Rap Rock
fullTitle: Californication
currentValue: $3.95
created: 137384320
country: us
aspect: Audio CD
Explicit Lyrics
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artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers