After listening to the album in its entirety several times then going back to listen to some of their older work such as the acclaimed “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” it was apparent that the Band’s sound hasn't changed much since dropping their self titled first studio album in 1984. In my copious listening sessions of the Chili Peppers various albums a question arose in my thinking. Should a band evolve their sound?
I should first prefix my view on the matter with the insight that I am amongst the bigger fans of the band. First listening to their work in one of the more depressing and anxiety filled periods of my life, I connected to the band’s intimate lyrics and melodic sound. So with that being said any perceptive I have on anything related to the band will contain some amount of bias.
So as to the question, is it a necessity for a band evolve their sound? I am unsurprising going with the side of no. Don’t get me wrong I appreciate a musician’s attempt to change their sound but more often than not the attempt to evolve actually leads the band in the wrong direction.Their pursuit of evolution strays so far from the elements that made them beloved in the first place that their sound is unrecognizable. The thing I appreciate most about the Chili Peppers is that I get what I expected to get. This doesn't mean that I am suggesting that a band’s sound should be devoid of interesting or surprise additions, like in the case when a band opts to add elements of other genres. What I am saying is that the core components of the sound should remain intact. Agree or Disagree? Let your voice be heard in the comments below!
By: Evan Edmond