Blood Sugar Sex Magik — Red Hot Chili Peppers

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 23, 2012 6:30 AM

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The early '90s were a tumultuous time for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Members of the prolific rock band were dealing with heroin and cocaine addictions, guitarists coming and going, and battles with record labels.

In 1991, the band released its fifth studio album and this week's tracks from the past, Blood Sugar Sex Magik.

Lyrically, the album deals with the Chili Pepper's favorite topic, sex. Listeners will hear the lines "Glorious euphoria/ Is my must/ Erotic shock/ Is a function of lust" in the album's title track. But the album also deals with such themes as anguish and self-mutilation, no doubt because of the addictions singer Anthony Kiedis was dealing with at the time.

The album was a turning point for the band. The guitars were less distorted, the bass lines more melodic, and their typical funk/punk sound was not abandoned entirely but quelled substantially.

Critics liked the new sound. The album received 4 of 5 stars from Rolling Stone and a favorable review from the New York Times.

The 17 track album featured five singles, "Give It Away," "Under the Bridge," "Suck My Kiss," "Breaking the Girl," and "If You Have to Ask."

Twenty-one years after its release, "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" is still considered to be some of the Red Hot Chili Pepper's best work.

— by Jordan Montgomery

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