5 Best Albums of May

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS STADIUM ARCADIUM The Chili Peppers have always been proud hedonists, so their decade of musical coasting has seemed less a squandering of talent than an example of character as fate. But with producer Rick Rubin pushing their buttons, the Peppers summoned up two discs and 28 tracks' worth of ambition, and sure enough, they can still write hits. The first disc, subtitled Jupiter, is wall-to-wall melodies that bob and weave on Flea's bass playing and Anthony Kiedis' vocal cords. (Lyrically he's still concerned with the abstract fantasia that is his California life, but no matter.) The second...

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