The Getaway comes as Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 11th studio album, 5 years after I’m With You. Chili Peppers’ music consistently features elements of funk and soul. Bassist Flea is one of the best in the business, so their tracks tend to highlight that sound in any way possible. The cool thing about The Getaway is that it’s a typical Chili Peppers’ album in some ways, but also ventures in different directions in other ways.
The album still has that soul, funk and rock ‘n roll, as evidenced on tracks like “We Turn Red” and “Feasting on Flowers.” Lead singer Kiedis has such a malleable voice, it reaches all kinds of ranges, adding a uniqueness to each track. The Chili Peppers also slow things down and get a little more introspective on tracks like “The Hunter” and “The Longest Wave,” completely changing the tone of the album. The Getaway overall appears to be much more of a personal album from a writing perspective, compared to its predecessors.
This album won’t be the next Blood Sugar Sex Magik or Californication, but it shows a different side of the band, a more mature side, and more reflective side. After being in the business for over 30 years, there comes a time to start experimenting with their sound and writing; The Getaway is that album for them.