Red Hot Chili Peppers I’m With You (Warner Bros)
TWO months before their Sheffield return via the Motorpoint Arena and the latest phase for one of the world’s most successful rock acts takes a few chances.
With the jury still out for many on pre-hiatus album Stadium Arcadium, the Chilis again called on legendary producer Rick Rubin to help hone a record worthy of a comeback.
Led by the catchy, slightly different single Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie, opener Monarchy Of Roses comes as a grouchy disco shock on a record that bounces aplenty, rocks slinkily a fair bit and also harbours some gentler moments. A grower.
Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman World Wide Rebel Songs (New West Records)
THREE years since his last, the Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave guitarist tenders a third solo album calling on touring band The Freedom Fighter Orchestra to add muscles.
The basic premise remains the same, this cerebral muso putting his skills to “troubled songs for troubled times”.
Seeking a vibe midway between Johnny Cash and Che Guevara, murder ballads and Molotov cocktails, Harvard political sciences graduate Tom tenders provocative freedom/workers anthems but rarely loses sight of the need for aural peaks: brains and brawn.
Other Lives Tamer Animals (Play It Again Sam)
SOME artists and albums immediately give you a sense of place, but that is only half the appeal of this new band from a town in the Mid-western plains of Oklahoma.
On the one hand there’s an expansive feel to their post-Fleet Foxes output.
But there’s also a wayward, almost ethereal quality to music that mirrors an austere landscape but also soul searches those who endure life in a wilderness where you make your own luck.
This is far from hick noodling, however. More a smart, layered journey from minimalism to Morricone epic.