Stadium Arcadium

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Chili Peppers less spicy than before.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 21 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

"Hell" and "damn" are as strong as it gets.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One or two oblique references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the strongest language here is in the "damn" and "hell" category. There are one or two oblique references to drugs and alcohol. Basically, this double CD is much tamer than past Red Hot Chili Peppers recordings.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytheemeraldgolem/ August 1, 2015

Relaxing fresh album.

It is totally tame. Nice guitar with nice relaxing tune.
Adult Written byjtnmom April 9, 2008

good music

the red hot chili peppers are one of the greatest bands ever. on some songs there are bad words, but they are hidden in the song or music video. the song titles... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLord of Sushi April 19, 2009

Best To Buy At Album Store

I haven't really listened to this album yet, but it is best that younger people go buy the album at a music store, as iTunes rated it "explicit"... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymatt_m April 9, 2008

Nothing Compared to 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' or 'Californication'

Before I get to the review, I'd like to say you'd be way better off buying 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' if you're above 15 or 'Californ... Continue reading

What's the story?

STADIUM ARCADIUM is the Red Hot Chili Peppers' ninth studio album in a career spanning more than 20 years, and gives us a chance to see how this once-groundbreaking group has grown over time. The double disc is the band's first release in four years and actually started out as 38 new tracks –- more than enough for three new albums. Edited down to a relatively manageable 25-song double CD, Stadium Arcadium lopes along at a comfortably mellow pace, featuring more ballads and less frantic energy than the band's earlier offerings -- the word \"comfortable\" comes to mind. The lyrics reflect a more mature outlook, with more love and less lust in the message. The funk factor, though still present, isn't as front and center as on past releases.

Is it any good?

The songs are good, though most stop short of brilliant -- catchy and fun, or sweet and melodic. The production values are excellent, as all four band members appear to energize and inspire one another to new levels of musical excellence. What Stadium Arcadium does not do is break any new musical ground, but that's really okay. It's a terrific look at a long, exciting career, presented with taste, charm, humor, and integrity.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it might be like to be in the same band, with the same group of friends, for 20 years. Long-time fans of the band can compare this CD to past efforts: How has the sound changed?

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