Produced by Rick Rubin , its musical style differed notably from the techniques employed on the band's previous album Mother's Milk , and featured minimal use of heavy metal guitar riffs. The album's subject matter incorporates sexual innuendos and references to drugs and death, as well as themes of lust and exuberance. It was the Chili Peppers' introduction into worldwide popularity and critical acclaim, although guitarist John Frusciante quit the band mid-tour in not returning until due to his inability to cope with its popularity. The album is recognized as an influential and seminal component of the alternative rock explosion of the early s, with Steve Huey of AllMusic calling it "probably the best album the Chili Peppers will ever make".
Engineering the Sound: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’
Blood Sugar Sex Magik | Classic Rock Review
Buy Blood Sugar Sex Magik. One of them, lead singer Anthony Kiedis , decided to get clean and survived. Unfortunately the other, guitarist Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose in June So Kiedis and bassist Flea were left to search for a new guitarist and drummer. Courted by many labels, the band ultimately signed with Warner Brothers , at the urging of Kiedis and Rick Rubin was brought in to produce the Chili Peppers first album for the label. In early summer , equipment was moved in and the band decided that they would remain inside the mansion for the duration of recording.
After achieving notable fame through his early work with the Beastie Boys and Run D. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have always been totally into positive energy. In contrast to the creative restrictions of their previous LP, the four members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers knew that Rubin would provide them with the creative freedom they needed to explore their sound. His understandings of the weaving flow of hip-hop lyricism , combined with his wealth of musical knowledge and know-how, proved to be the perfect glue for RHCP.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers ' best album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik benefits immensely from Rick Rubin 's production -- John Frusciante 's guitar is less overpoweringly noisy, leaving room for differing textures and clearer lines, while the band overall is more focused and less indulgent, even if some of the grooves drag on too long. Lyrically, Anthony Kiedis is as preoccupied with sex as ever, whether invoking it as his muse, begging for it, or boasting in great detail about his prowess, best showcased on the infectiously funky singles "Give It Away" and "Suck My Kiss. Three of those last four songs excluding "My Lovely Man" mark the band's first consistent embrace of lilting acoustic balladry, and while it's not what Kiedis does best as a vocalist, these are some of the album's finest moments, varying and expanding the group's musical and emotional range. Frusciante departed after the supporting tour, leaving Blood Sugar Sex Magik as probably the best album the Chili Peppers will ever make.