Red Hot Chili Peppers: 'I'm With You' review round-up

rhcp-im-with-you.jpgOn Wednesday (Aug. 30), the Red Hot Chili Peppers released their 10th studio album, "I'm With You." The project reunited the band with producer Rick Rubin and marks the studio album debut of guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. Klinghoffer replaced longtime bandmate John Frusciante, who left in 2009.

So has the band, which has (mostly) been together for 30 years, turned out a reliably funky set of tracks? We've compiled some reviews below:

"There's still some irreverent rap and funky pop-punk among the album's 14 tracks, but the tunes are more melodic and the themes more mature." -- The Associated Press

"'I'm With You' is ... an album that doesn't showcase many new sonic directions, but functions more like a victory lap for a veteran band. It may not make the Chilis any new fans, but it should please the countless ones they already have." -- Billboard.com

"It may be an hour long and contain 14 tracks but I'm With You sounds like a minor work after the bold statements of the last few Chilli albums." -- RTE

"it's an all-you-can-eat Vegas buffet of preposterous noise with the unspoken credo: Why not? Mix classic metal with fiesta horns (on "Did I Let You Know," the disc's most spectacular train wreck)? Of course! Kick off the album with a track whose calamitous opening seconds suggest not a band leaning into a comeback but a band being chased by bears ("Monarchy of Roses")? Makes sense!" -- The Washington Post

"[T]heir liveliest record in a decade." -- The Seattle Times