After a very long stall, RHCP came up with a full-length album with guitarist John Frusciante. A year ago, Red Hot Chili Peppers announced that they will release a full album with producer and longtime collaborator Rick Rubin in 2011.
It was set to arrive on April 1. It was also the band’s first album since 2016’s The Getaway. John Frusciante rejoined the band in December 2019 and recorded the songs. It was their album with him since 2006. Black Summer was teased in January and the vibrato-drenched riff was everything. That was needed in the album to make a great album.
About the album, the band’s lineup, Anthony Keidis, Flea, Chad Smith, and Frusciante stated.
“Our only goal is to get lost in the music. We spent thousands of hours, collectively and individually, honing our craft and showing up for one another, to make the best album we could.”
The band expressed their wish. They revealed they always wanted to be in a room together composing and jamming songs. “Our antennae attuned to the divine cosmos. We were just so damn grateful for the opportunity to be in a room together, and, once again, try to get better. Days, weeks, and months spent listening to each other, composing, jamming freely, and arranging the fruit of those jams with great care and purpose.”
They concluded with, “The sounds, rhythms, vibrations, words, and melodies had us enrapt. We yearn to shine a light in the world, to uplift, connect, and bring people together. Each of the songs on our new album Unlimited Love, is a facet of us, reflecting our view of the universe.”
Frusciante also had things to say about the album. It was a reunion for him after a long time. He shared, “When we got together to start writing material, we began by playing old songs by people like Johnny “Guitar” Watson, the Kinks, the New York Dolls, Richard Barrett, and others. Ever so gradually, we started bringing in new ideas, and turning jams into songs, and after a couple of months the new stuff was all we were playing.”
“The feeling of effortless fun we had when we were playing songs by other people stayed with us the whole time we were writing. For me, this record represents our love for, and faith in, each other.”
The full track list for Unlimited Love is given below.
1. Black Summer
2. Here Ever After
3. Aquatic Mouth Dance
4. Not the One
5. Poster Child
6. The Great Apes
7. It’s Only Natural
8. She’s a Lover
9. These Are the Ways
10. Whatchu Thinkin’
11. Bastards of Light
12. White Braids & Pillow Chair
13. One-Way Traffic
15. Let ‘Em Cry
16. The Heavy Wing