Californication (studio album) by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Year: 1999
Overall rank: 227th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 1,530 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1999 (3rd)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1990s (44th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (227th)

Red Hot Chili Peppers bestography

Californication is ranked 2nd best out of 22 albums by Red Hot Chili Peppers on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Red Hot Chili Peppers is Blood Sugar Sex Magik which is ranked number 177 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 9,833.

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Californication track list

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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.2/100, a mean average of 77.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.7.

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75/100
From 05/31/2022 07:46
Blasting and energetic
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85/100
From 04/21/2022 17:53
Album Rating: 81.13
(1,217/15)

Contains many of their most iconic tracks but slightly marred by length and filler. Easily my favourite RHCP’s album.

1.Around The World. 75
2.Parallel Universe. 96
3.Scar Tissue. 81
4.Otherside. 95
5.Get On Top. 66
6.Californication. 85
7.Easily. 81
8.Porcelain. 80
9.Emit Remmus. 74
10.I Like Dirt. 61
11.This Velvet Glove. 85
12.Savior. 87
13.Purple Stain. 69
14.Right On Time. 86
15.Road Trippin'. 96
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70/100
From 04/11/2022 14:22
Let’s start at the literal beginning. I’ve never listened to this album before and have never previously sought out a RHCP song. Yet I knew, with some pretty solid familiarity, five of the record’s first six songs. Props to terrestrial radio saturation, I guess.

Second, I think the band is tapping into an important theme here. The Hollywood allure and output is damaging to the soul of a nation, but at this point we’re probably too far gone to reverse course.

But…I’m not sure this is the right band to deliver the message. Kiedis’s lyrical style is…jarring? Staccato phrases that give the impression of giving more consideration to the sound of the words than the meaning. “Born in the North and sworn to entertain ya/Cause I’m down for the state of Pennsylvania”

Huh?

Ultimately, the individual components of the band are pretty stellar but the sum of the parts adds up to something less than what feels possible.
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85/100
From 04/01/2022 00:29
I don't like the mixing and I don't like the compression when its ripped as an audiophile person but the music is fire. Every single song except right on time isn't great. Gong Li and Quixoticelixer are songs that should have made the album. I love this album much for its chord progressions. The melodies are good on songs like Scar Tissue, Otherside and This Velvet Glove. If you want to study melodies as a musician, this album and By The Way, are great places to start
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From 02/08/2022 21:34
There are some amazing tracks on this album - Californication, Velvet Glove, Otherside. But there are also some annoying ones like Purple Stain and I Like Dirt. Could've been a great album if they had cut out a few of the filler tracks.
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80/100
From 12/16/2021 01:42
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Californication es un gran album. Una colección de temazos, sobre todo la mayoría en la primera mitad. Mientras que decaen los hits en la segunda. Las mejores son las más clásicas: Californication, Otherside, Scar Tissue y Around the World. Las dos que más me sorprendieron fueron Parellel Universe y Porcelain. Parallel Universe está infravalorada en el catálogo de RHCP y Porcelain es un enorme contraste a su música en general, que suele ser movida y en esta canción en cambio es apacible y suave.
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85/100
From 11/16/2021 21:16
Pleasantly surprised at this one! I hadn't liked the other records of theirs that I heard, but there are some great songs here. A little inconsistent as all of their records are, but the highs are pretty great. Also, phenomenal album cover.
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90/100
From 06/05/2021 19:12
Grande marco de minha juventude!
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