Stadium Arcadium is the ninth studio album by American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. The album was released on May 9, 2006, on Warner Bros. Records. The album produced five singles: "Dani California", "Tell Me Baby", "Snow (Hey Oh)", "Desecration Smile", and "Hump de Bump" along with the first ever fan made music video for the song, "Charlie". In the U.S., Stadium Arcadium became the band's first ever number one selling album of their entire career. According to the band's vocalist Anthony Kiedis, Stadium Arcadium was originally scheduled to be a trilogy of albums each released six months apart, but was eventually condensed into a double album. The album is also the group's last to feature guitarist John Frusciante, who confirmed his departure from the band in 2009.
The album was critically praised for integrating musical styles from several aspects of the band's career. The album gained the band seven Grammy Award nominations in 2007 including an award for Best Rock Album and one for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package. Winning 5 out of 7 Grammy Awards, it was the most nominations that the band had garnered in their 28-year career. Kiedis attributed the album's success to less abrasive dynamics within the band, saying that the band's "chemistry, when it comes to writing, is better than ever. There was always a struggle to dominate lyrically. But we are now confident enough in who we are, so everybody feels more comfortable contributing more and more valuable, quality stuff".
With Stadium Arcadium freshly plonked atop the UK chart, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are now confirmed as card-carrying Rock Gods. This two-disc intergalactic triumph (titled 'Jupiter' and 'Mars'), glows with Rick Rubin's shiny clean production.
"Dani California" and the jerkily melodic "Tell Me Baby" see the Chilis at their best even if the grown-up band have replaced raunch with romance, mixing gritty funk with acoustic janglings and even choir-boy wailings.
"She's Only 18" winks at their willy-ruled lyrics of yore: Anthony Kiedis may be about 92 now but he can still sing about undies, even if his body fluid fixation a la Blood Sugar Sex Magik has faded. "Wet Sand" rockets from balladry to sing-along stadium rock, while "Hey" boasts too much dinner-jazz strumming to really grab. But amid theprog like melee of sounds Flea's bass-thuddery still rules.
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