Slow Cheetah

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“Slow Cheetah” is a song from the Red Hot Chili Peppers' 2006 album Stadium Arcadium. The song is characteristic of the band's stylistic shift from rap and funk towards a mellower sound, evident in their latest albums. “Slow Cheetah” is unusual in that it is one of the few songs on Stadium Arcadium to feature the use of an acoustic guitar.

Critical response

Andrew Perry of The Observer notes that within the dreamy, anthemic atmosphere of “Slow Cheetah,” the Chili Peppers transmute their funk and metal into a much mellower and softer style, whilst sacrificing little of their passion and energy. Perry, Andrew. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stadium Arcadium. The Observer April 23, 2006. Goldstein, David M. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stadium Arcadium. Cokemachineglow May 29, 2006. Stadium Arcadium received generally positive reviews, and even won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 2007.

Musical techniques

For much of Stadium Arcadium, guitarist John Frusciante experiments with a vast array of synthesized effects, many of which are reminiscent of the idiosyncratic timbres found on 2004’s Shadows Collide With People. The ghostly outro of “Slow Cheetah” is a clear example of Frusciante’s affinity for psychedelia, and provides a stark contrast to the...
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