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Texacaliago Tuesday - Album of the Week - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik

 

 

 

 

Here we have my definitive, all-time favorite summertime album.  Not only is Blood Sugar Sex Magik my favorite summer album, it's also probably my favorite 90s album, and one of the most definitive albums of my 20s.  Although I'm now a 34 year old father of 3, this album still clicks with me on virtually all the metaphysical cylinders, especially if I happen to be at a beach on a warm day, beer in hand, or just mobbing through Chicago, or wherever, with the blazing beautiful sun shining down.  This album epitomizes warmth, love, vitality, charisma, sex, fun, sorrow, heart, soul, and of course: magic.  It's the sound of 4 brothers gelling and making absolutely beautifully funky music together.  

I could go on and on about this album, about Frusciante's legendary guitar work, how Flea evolved his playing style to allow for more space and rhythm, how Chad Smith's drumming is coming from another spiritually funky dimension, or how Kiedis's song-writing evolved leaps and bounds, how this album set the tone for the 90s in many respects, how this album was a major influence on my mindset during a pivotal point in my life, beach-zen, etc.  

But I already wrote at length about this album (click album cover for full review), but basically no summertime party or playlist would be complete without Blood Sugar Sex Magik in the mix.  It's essential summertime listening, and regardless of how old I get, I will always love this album.  It's spirit runs through me and has provided the soundtrack to some of the best times in my life.

Classic.

 

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