"Stadium Arcadium" is the ninth studio album by the American rock band "Red Hot Chili Peppers", released on May 9, 2006.
The album was produced by Rick Rubin and features 28 tracks, making it a double album, divided into two discs. the first called "Jupiter" and the second "Mars". The "Jupiter" disc features a more upbeat and energetic sound compared to the "Mars" disc.
The album was recorded in a mansion located in the Hollywood Hills, known as the "Paramour Mansion", where vocalist Anthony Kiedis, guitarist John Frusciante, bassist Flea, and drummer Chad Smith recorded their 1991 breakthrough "Blood Sex Sugar Magik".
The Sessions were so fruitful, that the band even recorded material for three albums when the original intention was to release them, at six-month intervals. However, the band ultimately decided to release all the material on a double album.
"Stadium Arcadium" includes a diverse range of genres, such as funk, rock, pop, blues and more. John Frusciante even said in one of his interviews that he wanted to have a certain amount of songs that had choruses that were just heavy metal riffs.
The album gained the band seven Grammy Award nominations in 2007, including an award for "Best Rock Album". The band won five out of the seven Grammy Awards. it was the most nominations that the band had garnered in their career.
The lead single from the "Jupiter" disc, "Dani California", is a rock song that pays homage to various musical influences of the band members, such as Jimi Hendrix, "The Beatles", and "The Rolling Stones", when the one-minute guitar solo at the end of the song is actually an adaption of Jimi Hendrix's intro to "Purple Haze". The lyrics talk about the early death of Dani, a poor, young Southern girl who eventually lived in California. Dani first appeared in the 1999 song "Californication", which includes the lyrics "Teenage bride with a baby inside". Although the girl's name is not specified, she was next mentioned in the single "By the Way" as "Dani the girl".
Other standout tracks from the "Jupiter" disc include the funky "Charlie", the melodic and emotional "Snow (Hey Oh)" that features a guitar riff that has become one of the band's most recognizable, "Wet Sand" that showcases Frusciante's guitar skills and Kiedis's emotional and introspective lyrics, "Hump De Bump" which feature Flea on Trumpet, "Warlocks" featuring Billy Preston in his last recording before his death playing clavinet, the blusy "Strip My Mind" with the killer guitar solo and of course the title song "Stadium Arcadium".
On the "Mars" disc one can find great songs like "Desecration Smile" a song about lead singer Anthony Kiedis and how happy he is with his girlfriend, Heather, "Tell Me Baby", a funk-rock track with a catchy chorus, "Hard to Concentrate" a notable ballad with a heartfelt lyrics, which frontman Anthony Kiedis wrote as a wedding proposal for his bandmate Flea, who was dating the model Frankie Rayder and more.
In conclusion, "Stadium Arcadium" is a diverse and ambitious album that showcases the "Red Hot Chili Peppers'" musical range and talents. With its clean production and memorable tracks, it is no wonder that the album was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards and won five of them.