With just one week until its official Aug. 30 release date, I’m with You, the forthcoming tenth studio album by Red Hot Chili Peppers, was unleashed earlier than expected. No, the album didn’t officially leak, but it appeared in its entirety for free streaming on the band’s homepage in the iTunes Music Store yesterday afternoon.
The sudden emergence of the free album stream closely followed a debut of several new album cuts earlier that day, among them opening number “Monarchy of Roses.” The songs were broadcast via numerous radio stations across the U.S.
The audio stream on iTunes does not separate I’m with You into individual tracks, instead presenting it as one solid block that clocks in at 59:22. It’s up to the listeners to discern each individual track themselves, but with audible breaks between songs it’s not terribly hard to do.
The full debut of I’m with You, in particular, exposes the talents of new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who took John Frusciante’s place after his amicable departure in 2009. While a disciple of Frusciante’s melodic, harmonious style, he brings his own flavor to the Chili Peppers.
The album’s lead single “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” has been ruling the charts for weeks now. Watch its official music video below: