Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Getaway
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2016 Ratings: #646 / 763
User Score
Based on 267 ratings
2016 Ratings: #579
June 17, 2016 / Release Date
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Warner Bros. / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Clash

A band reborn? Possibly. Refined? Definitely. The brilliance of ‘The Getaway’ is in its subtleties, which define their most intimate and expressive album to date, and suggest that, after 32 years, the Chilis can still keep us guessing.

80
AllMusic

The Red Hot Chili Peppers' 11th studio album, 2016's The Getaway, is a sophisticated work of dark-hued maturity that finds the long-running California outfit expanding their sound into nuanced, '70s-style orchestral soul and funky psychedelia.

80
musicOMH

Though it’s hardly a full-blown reinvention, The Getaway shows that even after more than 30 years in the business Red Hot Chili Peppers still have something new to offer.

75
Entertainment Weekly
Decades into their career, the band can’t help but sound like themselves, even when trying not to—and it’s the ultimate sign of their staying power.
70
Rolling Stone
To their credit, the Peppers' 11th LP is a bold attempt to jibe their past party-dog selves with their present-day artistic ambitions – not always a perfect fit but a compelling one.
70
Under The Radar

The Getaway is generally a surprising success—the sound of a band having the intelligence to know when the time has come to move on and having the skill to actually achieve it.

60
NME
While there is progress on ‘The Getaway’, the band don’t quite manage it.
60
The Guardian
With production from Danger Mouse, who takes over Rick Rubin’s 25-year stint with the group, RHCP’s sound has become surprisingly streamlined.
60
Spin

There’s no changing the essential building blocks of their sound, but this shift accentuates its positives more than anyone could have imagined.

60
Exclaim!

It's a pleasure to hear the Red Hots dabbling in new sounds, and The Getaway's production has a novelty factor that makes its exciting for the many fans who have been following them for decades.

60
Drowned in Sound
It's kinder, nicer, less frattish music, not so much the sound of a band growing old gracefully as one abdicating from the pressure of being a big pop act.
58
A.V. Club
These new elements give the Chili Peppers more of an appeal than they’ve had in years. But the band has the same limits they’ve always had.
58
Consequence of Sound

While the band doesn’t commit to reinvention quite fully enough to make The Getaway the knock-down drag-out comeback it wants to be, it’s refreshing to see them try.

54
Pitchfork

By tapping into what made the Peppers Rock Hall-worthy–their instrumental potency, their extensive knowledge of funk, their willingness to laugh at themselves (to a point)–Burton and Godrich have gracefully, gently steered the band back on the right track.

50
PopMatters

The Getaway is particularly disappointing because the band obviously tried hard to present something more mature and compelling, but the excitement that has always been the hallmark of Red Hot Chili Peppers has been sapped.

50
The Needle Drop
The Red Hot Chili Peppers get a bit of their bite back on their latest album.
40
Tiny Mix Tapes

Much like Mr. Bungle before them, yacht-rock chintz seems to have caught The Chili Peppers imagination as they’ve aged.

40
DIY
When they continue to churn out nonsensical self-parody, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ continued stratospheric success is nothing short of baffling.
MinatoArisato
25
Just painful, it feels like this band is just hollow, a shell of their former selves.

Best Track: Dark Necessities
Worst Track: Go Robot
TheRootBoy
35
Nobody truly wants another RHCP album. Even people that think they do either are lying to themselves or just don't know how to listen to good music.
tha138
57
Another middle-aged group that sounds pretty inspired by the Peppers, minus their sense of adventure.
Oh!!! it's the Peppers themselves!!!
notbuzzzila
70
GOOD

This album is really, really nostalgic for me. I remember being friends with this one person over Google+, which, as you may know, is now shut down. For as much shit as that site got, I formed many friendships that I wouldn't have formed otherwise, and that means a lot to me. Nonetheless, this person I was friends with really, really loved The Getaway. It was kind of the soundtrack to our conversations. The majority of it was just calling each other gay and other sorts of juvenile humor, ... read more
67
A decent release. Without a doubt heavily relying on the great single "Dark Necessities." In that one song RHCP returned to their old form and still progressed their sound. Then for the rest of the album it is about 80% filler.
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#39/Clash

Track List

  1. The Getaway
  2. Dark Necessities
  3. We Turn Red
  4. The Longest Wave
  5. Goodbye Angels
  6. Sick Love
  7. Go Robot
  8. Feasting on the Flowers
  9. Detroit
  10. This Ticonderoga
  11. Encore
  12. The Hunter
  13. Dreams of a Samurai
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