Red Hot Chili Peppers The Getaway | Warner Bros. Records Grade: C-

Red Hot Chili Peppers serves up lukewarm 11th album

There’s a single, basic, unavoidable reality facing every Red Hot Chili Peppers album released — if the songs aren’t catchy, the album isn’t good. Is that a fair standard? Not really, but as a band that has spent 30 years building a jam-funk rock legacy on lyrics such as, “K-i-s-s-i-n-g
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Valerie Khau

Valerie’s Views: On conforming to pop

For some people, pop is an ironic indulgence. It’s reserved for jam sessions in the car with the squad or lit-as-fuck college party playlists. Amid the increasing relevance of social media and the concurrent growth of digital noise, identities validated by exclusivity now demand greater interest in niche genres. A
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