Unlimited Love

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Unlimited Love
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2022 Ratings: #389 / 406
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Based on 582 ratings
2022 Ratings: #417
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Spill Magazine

Despite its polished production, Unlimited Love sees the Red Hot Chili Peppers throw caution to the wind as they take risks and revel in a genuine sense of weirdness; ultimately, Unlimited Love can stand strong as a latter career highlight as the most exciting release from the Red Hot Chili Peppers in nearly twenty years.

90
Clash
Littered with lyrical easter eggs and distinctive Chili Peppers funky flare, this record is a regal return.
80
NME

Reunited with guitar wizard John Frusciante, the band channel the best moments from their heyday to prove there's plenty more gas in the tank.

80
Rolling Stone
More than anything, this record feels like a coming home. There’s a certain magic that happens with these four musicians, and Frusciante’s absence always leaves a piece of the puzzle missing. Thankfully, he always finds his way back.
80
Evening Standard
Returning to their strongest line-up, with Rick Rubin in tow, these veterans are ready to rock again.
80
The Telegraph

The sound is lean and clean, sharply separated with individual instrumentation shining through and not a lot of over-dubbing or effects.

75
A.V. Club
Casual fans may be disappointed by the lack of hooks until they’ve heard it another twenty times, while hardcore fans will slowly discover there’s a musical depth the Peppers have long been striving for.
75
Spectrum Culture
Reinvigorated by the return of John Frusciante, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 12th album is a likable display of each member’s technical ability, and a return of the funk alt-rock chemistry that we came to love from the band in the early 2000s.
74
Paste
While this old dog isn’t learning any new tricks, the band’s unmistakable chemistry shines, and each note is a glimpse into a youthful energy that hasn’t been seen in quite some time.
70
AllMusic
Despite the overall trippy and feel-good nature of the set, there's enough for fans of any past era to find an entry point and enjoy the ride.
70
Classic Rock

The Chilis are back together, having fun. And it feels good.

70
Exclaim!
A sprawling, exciting album full of playful chemistry between four musicians who, yet again, bring out the best in one another.
62
Pitchfork
After more than a decade away, guitarist John Frusciante returns for the band’s first album in six years, a restrained and familiar effort to recapture an old spark in a new era.
60
Mojo

An impressive consolidation of their strengths.

60
The Arts Desk

Not every tune on this long album sticks. Still, it offers breezy, mature acceptance and enthusiasm for life.

60
Kerrang!

At heart Unlimited Love is an intoxicating, moving and occasionally backbone-freeing return from a justly legendary band. It’s a good record; just not a great one.

60
The Young Folks

The problem with Unlimited Love is that it sounds more like a jam rehearsal session rather than a complete album.

58
Beats Per Minute
It’s far from a miserable affair, it certainly passes the time, it’s just hard to imagine how so much talent in a room didn’t arrive with something that didn’t feel so staid.
50
DIY
Whatever your view on the Chili Peppers, this record will only confirm it.
50
Under The Radar

You can do a whole lot worse than Unlimited Love, its main sin homogeneity rather than insufferableness.

40
The Independent
If this album has one thing going (on and on) for it, it’s that it’s safely on-brand. It’s just smoother, and slower, and sloppier than before.
40
The Observer
The Californian quartet’s latest follows a long line of forgettable albums, even if they do enshrine Southend in a lyric.
20
The Irish Times
Every funk-rock cliche is thrown into an over-seasoned gloopy sonic soup. Mercifully, it is relatively rare to hear a band this formulaic and bland.
Musicnerdd
70

Is it really good or i just have a soft spot for quirky funky dad rock?

By being the band that released classic game-changing albums like blood sugar sex magik, puting out massive hits like californication and under the bridge, having their own unique and incomparable style, the los angeles originated band "red hot chilli peppers" have already secured their place as one of the most popular and admired acts in the rigorous and harsh world of rock music.
But considering that the guys ... read more

BaddieBaphomet
20

NO NUANCE REVIEW

Damn, I remember my first joint.

I mean, it’s a Red Hot Chili Peppers album. They’ve been putting out the same album for at least twenty five years, regardless of who is playing guitar. If you like RHCP, you’ll probably like this album. They still sound like RHCP - have fun, go nuts.
Me personally, I don’t care if Frusciante is back on guitar, or if they brought back Rick Rubin for producing duties, or if they managed to bring Hillel Slovak back from ... read more

YuriDING
60

Red Hot releases a grooved record, very well played and swinging, which, despite having more than 1 hour, doesn't sound so tiring.

There's a lot of experimentation, and he ends up going in very interesting ways. From funky moments to sounds that remind me of 90s Grunge. In other parts it even reminded me of Pink Floyd and, oddly enough, Fishmans (obviously not an inspiration, but the sound reminded me of their sound).

The record is full of experimentation, but even going to different sides, ... read more

titilovespizza
74

Black Summer (58)
Here Ever After (63)
Aquatic Mouth Dance (82)
Not the One (63)
Poster Child (65)
The Great Apes (78)
It's Only Natural (92)
She's a Lover (63)
These Are the Ways (91)
Whatchu Thinkin' (90)
Bastards of Light (70)
White Braids & Pillow Chair (83)
One Way Traffic (96)
Veronica (72)
Let 'Em Cry (76)
The Heavy Wing (82)
Tangelo (50)

klctht
50

Is a new Red Hot Chili Peppers album the dad rock equivalent of a new Drake album?

Favorite tracks: It's Only Natural, White Braids & Pillow Chair

NR

too polished, autotune is fucked in some songs, especially on "not the one", it has some nice tracks, aquatic mouth dance is one of the best songs rhcp have put out since by the way

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Added on: February 3, 2022