Absolutely. RHCP makes music to fit with the lowest common denominator in mind, be it mass consumers or Anthony. Their style is very confining to John's abilities. He's a better lyricist and singer (my opinion) than Anthony. Plus, Flea often provides the more complex bass parts on John's albums.
That said, The Empyrean is a better album than anything in the RHCP catalog. Also, the depth and breadth of his studio/production work is extremely impressive (Warpaint, The Mars Volta).
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