Review: The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie

Posted: August 7, 2011 in Reviews

Artwork for "The Adventures of Raindance Maggie" (I do not own this image)

“The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie”, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ first release from their upcoming album, I’m With You, which will be available everywhere on August 30th, 2011, shows a new side of one of rock music’s greatest acts.

“Maggie,” which hit iTunes on July 18, 2011 kicks off with a classic Chad Smith drumbeat that is quickly joined by one of Flea’s most tremendous bass-lines yet. The melody takes off with a blaring set of chords from new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. Singer Anthony Kiedis quickly enters the track sounding like a slightly more worn out version of his old, sexual self, declaring, “tick tock I want to rock you like the eighties, cock-blocking isn’t allowed.” As the song reaches the chorus, the strength of the lyrics starts to dip slightly. “Hey now, we’ve got to make it rain somehow,” just doesn’t seem to pack as powerful a punch as some of the Chili Peppers’ older lines.

Although “Maggie” is very recognizably a Chili Peppers song, it certainly sounds different from older releases perhaps because of the evident absence of John Fruisciante. The former Chili Peppers guitarist, who is considered to be one of rock and roll’s best guitarists, recently left the band for the second time. His replacement, Klinghoffer, who accompanied the band on their last tour, still manages to bring a really solid vibe to “Maggie” and certainly appears to be a capable guitarist. However, the guitar is not the main focus of the song as it has been under Frusciante and the band has admitted that unlike their older music, much of I’m With You are not heavily dependant on riffs, which may or may not take away from the songs.

Regardless, “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” is a strong track and does not disappoint quite enough for fans to fret about the band’s change in direction. Hearing new music from the Red Hot Chili Peppers is truly refreshing and as Simon Vozick-Levinson of Rolling Stone Magazine aptly wrote, “welcome back, dudes.”

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