It’s rare for any group’s 12th album to be hailed as one of the most hotly-anticipated releases of the year, but then Red Hot Chili Peppers are hardly your average band. Having experienced some of the highest highs imaginable during their rollercoaster 40-year career, the Californian quartet have long since secured their legend, yet their collective desire to embrace innovative new sounds ensures that Unlimited Love arrives bearing the weight of expectation.
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“We feel fresh, like a new band”
The usual frisson of excitement is heightened this time around, for not only is Unlimited Love the long-awaited follow-up to 2016’s The Getaway, but its creation sees two key Chilis associates return to the fold. Last at the helm for 2011’s I’m With You, producer Rick Rubin again sits behind the console for this record, while guitarist John Frusciante – who left the group after 2006’s Stadium Arcadium – has rejoined for his third spell in the band, having replaced Josh Klinghoffer in 2019.
The guitarist’s bandmates are the first to admit his return has been especially significant, with bassist Flea declaring that he was “the best musician I’ve ever played with”, and frontman Anthony Kiedis confessing that reuniting with Frusciante has brought about “the most monumental change in our lives”.