Red Hot Chili Peppers – “I Could Have Lied”
Track #6 off of Blood Sugar Sex Magik, 1991
90s alternative rock will forever be one of the best periods of music and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are a prime example. Their 1991 fifth studio album was full of great songs, most of which could have been released as singles and done remarkably well. Rarely ever does a project come along that is actually full of hits but the Chili Peppers do not falter, and one track that stands out as a gem in this track list is the acoustic based “I Could Have Lied”. This one in particualar is a 60s sounding rock song that lets the insturmental take full charge while the lyrics about a broken relationship linger in the background. The insturmental is even and simple, with mainly just an acoustic guitar and drums to keep the beat. But the coolest part of this entire four minutes is the Jimi Hendrix sounding guitar solo that comes right after the first chorus that is so addicting, I could literally just sit there and listen to that part over and over. “I Could Have Lied” is a tune that lives on in many decades and doesn’t really feel all that old, even though it was released over thirty years ago. It feels effortless yet so carefully curated at the same time, and I think that’s one of the reasons it’s managed to still be a great song to this day.