John Frusciante’s performance is effective and restrained, and drummer Chad Smith shines when he’s let loose, notably on These Are The Ways. There are, however, way too many tracks that miss their marks, trying to supplant the old energy with wisdom; the magik with maturity. Indeed, the omission of a few, such as It’s Only Natural and Tangelo, would have made this 73-minute opus leaner and hungrier.
At heart Unlimited Love is an intoxicating, moving and occasionally backbone-freeing return from a justly legendary band. It’s a good record; just not a great one.
For fans of: Incubus, Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age
Unlimited Love is out now via Warner