Review: Unlimited run time

Red Hot Chili Peppers new album “Unlimited Love” is too long and too repetitive to warrant a second listen


Warner Records

Released on April 1, “Unlimited Love” is the 12th studio album by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor

The Red Hot Chili Peppers rose to fame in the 80s, and were one of the first bands to mix tones of funk and rock. Some of their biggest hits include “Under the Bridge” released in 1991 and “Califorication” released in 1999. The band did tremendously until more recently, and since then they have been ruthlessly criticized, and above all have fallen into a pit of irrelevancy. 

On April 1, they released their new album “Unlimited Love,” which captures an overall dad rock vibe that may be appealing to men above the age of 40, but anyone with a sense of taste should stay very far away from this album.

Not every part of the album is bad. The bass has some solid tang to it that adds a lot to the songs. In addition, the guitarist John Frusciante, is clearly a skilled musician, adding smooth rhythmic guitar to each song on the album. He started in the band in the late 80s and early 90s and has since been the Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist on and off for nearly three decades.

Overall the worst part of “Unlimited Love” is the length. At 1 hour and 13 minutes, and with 17 songs, the record is overdrawn and repetitive. Not one song feels individual, often displaying the exact same sound and tone as every other song on the album. “Unlimited Love” could use some serious variation in order to bring the record to life. 

Good songs on this album are hard to come by, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any hidden gems. Songs such as “Poster Child” and “She’s a Lover” have funky beats that feel a little less sleepy than the rest of the record. Though they still aren’t trendy or spectacular songs, they feel almost like a breath of fresh air amidst the repetition and boredom of the album. 

All in all, “Unlimited Love” has a few good songs, but it takes forever to get to a song with any kind of variation. It’s repetitive, boring, and not worth the hour long run time.