338. "Warped" by The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Absolute thunder from the Chili Peppers.

The drum sound is sumptuous.

The central riff is Exhibit A of the benefit of having Dave Navarro as guitarist, if only for one album. The freak-out guitar solo is Exhibit B.

The spacey singing contrast perfectly with the lockstep accompaniment.

The peak moment for me is the sequence of cymbal attacks coming out of the solo, setting up the final verse. You spend your life looking for the trance where ideas like that come to you.

The delicate surprise ending is an impressive composition that stands on its own. I look forward to it.

Beneath it all is the beautiful support of Flea on bass guitar, tremoring in the muted opening, adding muscle to all the bigness, flying off the handle in the solo, and in that soft ending making everything okay. He can always handle the spotlight, but he is almost as valuable acting as the music's humble shepherd.