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Album Review

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Pro-social Content

Several cuts humbly regret past decisions or rely on friends. On "She Looks to Me" lead singer Anthony Kiedis feels led by God to help a drugged-out girl. "If" is a romantic ballad. A line on "Make You Feel Better" alludes to prayer. A marriage proposal recognizes that couples "are as one" ("Hard to Concentrate"). Relationships require patience and hard work ("C'mon Girl"). A hard-living, bank-robbing woman suffers the consequences of that lifestyle on "Dani California," however ...

Objectionable Content

Some will view the title character as a folk hero rather than a moral tragedy. Sexual shenanigans appear on "Hump De Bump," "She's Only 18," "Storm in a Teacup" and "So Much I." Racy metaphors are also an issue. A guy chases down sexual prey on "Charlie," which includes a mild profanity. Partying is therapeutic ("Turn It Again"), which isn't inherently problematic unless it includes alcohol or drugs, which get a subtle nod on "Warlocks."

Summary Advisory

Kiedis' lyrics are mostly indecipherable nonsense, a blitzed stream of consciousness filtered through a rhyming dictionary. Kiedis told Rolling Stone he feels "blessed to be in a position to transmit light to people all over the world with music." Any light on Stadium Arcadium is dimmed by references to sex and drugs. Teens looking for light will find the real thing in John 8:12.

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This double disc (nearly two hours of music) spent two weeks at No. 1. The single "Dani California" topped the modern rock chart.

Record Label

Warner Bros.




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Bob Hoose Bob Smithouser

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