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BMRA-Round 1-Californication vs. Definitely Maybe

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Which one?

Poll ended at Mon Jan 01, 2007 10:14 pm

Californication
24
75%
Definitely Maybe
8
25%
 
Total votes : 32

BMRA-Round 1-Californication vs. Definitely Maybe

Postby PlayingWithFire » Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:14 pm

Red Hot Chili Peppers' Californication

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Review by Greg Prato

Many figured that the Red Hot Chili Peppers' days as undisputed alternative kings were numbered after their lackluster 1995 release One Hot Minute, but like the great phoenix rising from the ashes, this legendary and influential outfit returned back to greatness with 1999's Californication. An obvious reason for their rebirth is the reappearance of guitarist John Frusciante (replacing Dave Navarro), who left the Peppers in 1992 and disappeared into a haze of hard drugs before cleaning up and returning to the fold in 1998. Frusciante was a main reason for such past band classics as 1989's Mother's Milk and 1991's Blood Sugar Sex Magik, and proves once and for all to be the quintessential RHCP guitarist. Anthony Kiedis' vocals have improved dramatically as well, while the rhythm section of bassist Flea and drummer Chad Smith remains one of rock's best. The quartet's trademark punk-funk can be sampled on such tracks as "Around the World," "I Like Dirt," and "Parallel Universe," but the more pop-oriented material proves to be a pleasant surprise -- "Scar Tissue," "Otherside," "Easily," and "Purple Stain" all contain strong melodies and instantly memorable choruses. And like their 1992 introspective hit "Under the Bridge," there are even a few mellow moments -- "Porcelain," "Road Trippin'," and the title track. With the instrumentalists' interplay at an all-time telepathic high and Kiedis peaking as a vocalist, Californication is a bona fide Chili Peppers classic.

Oasis' Definitely Maybe
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Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Definitely Maybe manages to encapsulate much of the best of British rock & roll -- from the Beatles to the Stone Roses -- in the space of 11 songs. Oasis' sound is louder and more guitar-oriented than any British band since the Sex Pistols, and the band is blessed with the excellent songwriting of Noel Gallagher. Gallagher writes perfect pop songs, offering a platform for his brother Liam's brash, snarling vocals. Not only does the band have melodies, but they have the capability to work a groove with more dexterity than most post-punk groups. But what makes Definitely Maybe so intoxicating is that it already resembles a greatest-hits album. From the swirling rush of "Rock 'n' Roll Star," through the sinewy "Shakermaker," to the heartbreaking "Live Forever," each song sounds like an instant classic.
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:15 pm

Californication is sorta like the Black Album for long time RHCP fans. A lot of them think it's total sellout. I don't, I think it's great.
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:23 pm

I went with Oasis, but I did like Scar Tissue. The others? Not so much.
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Postby Coppermine » Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:29 pm

I thought since Californication was so different from most of RHCP's music, it shows some evolution in their style rather than a complete sellout. Also, Morning Glory was Oasis's best album by far and I don't think that Definitely Maybe holds up to it.
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:32 pm

Coppermine wrote:I thought since Californication was so different from most of RHCP's music, it shows some evolution in their style rather than a complete sellout.


I always believed that about most bands. Just because a band changes things up a bit people like to call them sellouts because they've grown accustomed to a certain sound. I like to see it when some bands evolve with their ages, tastes, etc. Singing about junior high school crushes doesn't look good on 30-year olds.
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Postby CheeseBeger » Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:12 am

RHCP! ;-D ;-D ;-D ;-D ;-D
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Postby acsguitar » Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:56 am

Californication sucks

But Oasis shouldn't even be in this competition
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Postby Old_Style » Sun Dec 31, 2006 1:28 am

californication ;-D
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Postby Melo255 » Sun Dec 31, 2006 1:30 am

I really like both albums but I'm going with Oasis here.
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Incidentally, DM vs WTSMG is like Master Of Puppets vs the black album or In Utero vs Nevermind for Oasis diehards.
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