Well I've been listening to the Peppers new album all day I think it's a beauty. The focus of the bands sound seems to have shifted from that tight syncopated punk/funk jam to be almost entirely centred around the melody... yet it's still 100% the chili peppers. Bass wise, Flea has really simplefied his lines, still unmistakeabley Flea (as if it'd ever be anything else). The guitar is truly awesome, period. Lots of other instruments used too, string arrangements, I think I heard a harmonica in there somewhere, loads of big effects on guitar too, some really nice textures. Rick Rubin produced again - the guy works wonders with the peppers, it sounds raw and gritty, almost live-in-the-room type feel. I love it. Opinions?!