Stadium Arcadium is the first post-Blood Sugar Chili Peppers album that actually sounds like it was reasonably fun to make; a source of mindless summer entertainment that people really shouldn’t feel ashamed to enjoy.
If you condensed ‘Stadium Arcadium’ down to 10 tracks, you’d be left with something special – that’s what MP3 players were made for.
Stadium Arcadium can't help but grow as distended as the name suggests, revealing a band too proud to merely play the game they've already solved or use the added space to risk a less worn path.
Where in the past, Kiedis' vocals have given the band's sound its forward momentum, on Stadium Arcadium, they're the least relevant part of the equation.
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