Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991) L.A.'s Red Hot Chili Peppers are a nuclear-strength novelty band, funk division. At their best, live on a stage, they're fast, funny, loud, and unrelenting,… Red Hot Chili Peppers Rock
Music Review

Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Lead Performance: Red Hot Chili Peppers; Genre: Rock

L.A.'s Red Hot Chili Peppers are a nuclear-strength novelty band, funk division. At their best, live on a stage, they're fast, funny, loud, and unrelenting, as well-named a group as you can imagine. (They've been known to play shows wearing only socks — and not, ahem, on their feet.) Unfortunately, this sort of stuff, even at its best, doesn't translate well to record. There's no way to convey aurally how preternaturally bouncy bassist Flea and mischievous singer Anthony Kiedis attack a song. Blood Sugar Sex Magik has the band opting for a little seriousness; the ballad ''Breaking the Girl'' sounds somewhat disapproving of the band's usual Red Hot antics and ''Under the Bridge'' has fancy-shmancy touches. Elsewhere, the band members are their usual fast, funny, loud, and unrelenting selves. B-

Originally posted Sep 27, 1991 Published in issue #85 Sep 27, 1991 Order article reprints