I just can't handle Kiedis. He is just not a very good singer and his lyrics are often atrocious. The rest of the band are sick, though. I think they took a huge step back when John left again, though. Josh is a solid replacement, but he is no Frusciante.
I'll agree whole heartedly with you on John. As far as Kiedis' voice, to each his own, I guess. I find it unique and enjoyable, definitely no mistaking its him. By the lyrics being atrocious, I hope you were referring to the way they are sung and not the actual lyrics. If you were referring to the lyrics, are we even talking about the same freaking band? I know it was wayyyyyyy over played on the radio, but to this day the lyrics to Californication just........mind=blown!