Red Hot Chili Peppers - Tell Me Baby
Alex Worsnip 17/07/2006
Sometimes a band is getting so mind-bogglingly stale that you wonder how on earth even they themselves can consider their newer tracks worth the time of day. Such is the case with the Red Hot Chili Peppers these days. 'Tell Me Baby' is absolute self-parody, hitting a numbly predictable funk groove a la 'Can't Stop' (except with far less melody) before eventually splitting into a vaguely summery chorus and then the obligatory heavier middle eight breakdown. Even if you like this kind of thing, they really could have knocked this one out in their sleep, such is its banal safety. How on earth they filled an entire double album with this stuff is a question that I don't even want to think about.