By the Way

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
No longer the simpleminded nudie-funksters of yore, the Chili Peppers have evolved into a band that, despite occasional forays into unreflective testosterone-rock, seem to have at long last grown up right. If By the Way, the Peppers' follow-up to the four-times-platinum Californication, charts a more mature artistic path, chalk up the bulk of it to the six-string wizardry of John Frusciante, by far the most creative of the many guitarists to have served time in Camp RHCP. Frusciante adds an agreeable sense of spacey psychedelia to tunes like "The Zephyr Song," on which his melodic playing makes up for Anthony Kiedis's palpably flat singing. The band's more visceral ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
No longer the simpleminded nudie-funksters of yore, the Chili Peppers have evolved into a band that, despite occasional forays into unreflective testosterone-rock, seem to have at long last grown up right. If By the Way, the Peppers' follow-up to the four-times-platinum Californication, charts a more mature artistic path, chalk up the bulk of it to the six-string wizardry of John Frusciante, by far the most creative of the many guitarists to have served time in Camp RHCP. Frusciante adds an agreeable sense of spacey psychedelia to tunes like "The Zephyr Song," on which his melodic playing makes up for Anthony Kiedis's palpably flat singing. The band's more visceral side is still in evidence here, most notably on the Motown-flavored "Universally Speaking" and the rough-riding rap-rock title track. But these songs come across as more loose-limbed and less carefully calculated than their counterparts on previous releases. Likewise, the Latin-tinged "Cabron" and the pure pop ethereality of "Tear" the clearest evidence of the fractured relationship that's said to have affected Kiedis's writing show a maturity that can't be hidden behind a tube sock.
All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
The Red Hot Chili Peppers' eighth studio album finds the California foursome exploring the more melodic freeways of harmony and texture, contrasting the gritty, funky side streets of their early days. Luckily, with this more sophisticated sound, the Peppers have not sacrificed any of their trademark energy or passions for life, universal love, and of course lust. Although they recorded the spiky Abbey Road EP in 1988, this album actually sounds a lot closer to the Beatles' Abbey Road, with a little of Pet Sounds and elements of Phil Spector's lushest arrangements all distilled through the band's well-traveled funk-pop stylings. Harmony vocals and string arrangements have replaced some of the aggressive slap bass that the group was initially recognized for, but fans of both the gentle and the fierce Chili Peppers styles will embrace the title track and first single, "By the Way." In fact, this song on its own could almost be a brief history of everything the Red Hot Chili Peppers have recorded: fiery Hollywood funk, gentle harmonies, a little bit of singing about girls, a little bit of hanging out in the streets in the summertime, some rapid-fire raps from Anthony Kiedis, some aggro basslines from Flea -- the song plays like a three-and-a-half-minute audio version of Behind the Music. Overall, the album leans more toward the melodic end of their oeuvre, but they have grown into this kinder, gentler mode organically, progressively working toward this groove little by little, album by album. What once were snapshots of a spastic punk-funk lifestyle have grown into fully realized short stories of introspection and Californication. Though the pace of the album falters at times particularly in the verses; the choruses are all pretty spectacular, it is refreshing to see that as the four Chili Peppers continue to grow older and more sure of themselves, their composition and performing skills are maturing along with them.
Rolling Stone - Tom Moon
A near-perfect balance of gutter grime and high-art aspiration.
Entertainment Weekly - David Browne
No longer the most dangerous kids on the block, the Chili Peppers have settled for a less provocative fate: professional craftsmen. (B)

A near-perfect balance of gutter grime and high-art aspiration.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2002
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624814023
  • Catalog Number: 48140
  • Sales rank: 10,405

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 By the Way
  2. 2 Universally Speaking
  3. 3 This Is the Place
  4. 4 Dosed
  5. 5 Don't Forget Me
  6. 6 The Zephyr Song
  7. 7 Can't Stop
  8. 8 I Could Die for You
  9. 9 Midnight
  10. 10 Throw Away Your Television
  11. 11 Cabron
  12. 12 Tear
  13. 13 On Mercury
  14. 14 Minor Thing
  15. 15 Warm Tape
  16. 16 Venice Queen
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Red Hot Chili Peppers Primary Artist
Flea Bass, Background Vocals
John Frusciante Guitar, Background Vocals
Anthony Kiedis Vocals
Chad Smith Drums
Julian Schnabel Conductor
Marc Mann Conductor
Technical Credits
Flea Composer
John Frusciante Composer
Anthony Kiedis Composer
Vladimir Meller Mastering
Rick Rubin Producer
Jim Scott Engineer
Chad Smith Composer
Julian Schnabel Art Direction, Cover Art
Marc Mann Orchestral Arrangements
Ryan Hewitt Engineer
Ethan Mates Engineer
Jason Wormer Engineer
Dave Lee Guitar Techician
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest Red Hot Chili Pepper Album

    The music flows better on this cd than any other cd they have previously relased. Some of the Chili Peppers greatest songs come from this album. My favorite album by far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great

    i really liked this cd, i think that they'll always rock, and they'll always have their cool, they've really grown up and they'll always be the same cali rocker guys!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    RHCP the best band ever

    As the Chili Peppers grow older the complexity of their music increases. Take an old song from the Chili Peppers, say "Real men don't kill coyotes" and take a newer song say "on mercury" listen to them both. The complexity of "On mercury" is so much higher. Although every song they have done is perfect I think the best work they have done is their last two studio albums.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Chili Peppers best

    This is definetely one of Red Hot Chili Peppers best along with Californication. They added a sort of new spin on their already great music, and made it fresh and new. They kept to their old ways and just added some new elements that makes you want to listen to the songs over and over again.With songs like By the Way, Zephyr, and Can't Stop, this album became an instant favorite of mine.The vocals and complicated guitar playing gives a fast, up-beat, and awesome harmony to all the songs. If you haven't listened to this album yet, then you are missing out on something great. It's sweet music to your ears that makes you think. I would, and do, recomend this to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this album is awesome!

    i dont know anyone who doesnt like the chili peppers, and if you dont, you should listen to them some more. i am a huge fan of the chili peppers. i absolutely would give any of their albums five stars. rhcp rock!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Easily Best of 2002

    This may be the most gorgeous, seductive album that I've heard in years. Even if one isn't sure of what a particular song is about, they all SOUND so good. Why compare it to anything else ? However, if we must, I'd say it sounds like "Achtung Baby'' on Xanax. Total ear candy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    I think this album is great. I listen to it every morning when I drive to school. My favorite tracks are "Tear" and "Warm Tape". But the first single "By the Way" is terrific and "This is the Place" does a lot for me as well. I've only been a Pepperhead since 'Cali', but these guys will always be in my CD book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What's the problem?

    I don't get why so many people are slamming this album, personally I think it's great. I love all Chili Peppers music but this album I would say has to be the stand-out. I love all the songs on this album. They're really catchy, for example Throw Away Your Television, Can't Stop and On Mercury, and I feel I can listen to them for hours without getting irritated or bored at all. May not be traditional Red Hot Chili Peppers, but it's still good Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ok, but way to mellow

    I expected a Lot more from it, but i guess it's not that bad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    From Cayenne to Catarina....

    Over the years I have become the fifth Pepper (haven't we all?)...I'm the legendary air-guitarist,air-drummer,air-bassist and have been known to sing a song or two. And throughout my 15yr career w/ my funksoul broz, I have discovered that there are approx 32 different kinds of chili peppers of varying intensities. Cleary this is not cayenne, but a different kind I've never experienced. Is it catarina or aji panca?? I don't know, but I'm warming up to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Opinions are like aholes....

    everyone's got one. I personally like the cd. However, I couldn't help but laugh at the wide spectrum of reviews on this cd. The best thing I can advise is to listen to it and if you like it great; if not, well, return it, it's just a MINOR THING...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Give it a chance

    After listening to this cd a couple of times it really grows on you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Changing Chilis

    I have been a RHCP fan for quite a long time now. Although I do agree that this is not their best album (recommend Blood, Sex...) I do think that this is a good album. When I first heard it I was not too impressed but each time I listened to it I liked it more and more. It certainly does not sound like the conventional Peppers stuff, but it's a good thing that they are changing. It shows that they are innovative and creative. This stuff is still top quality and every fan should own a copy. Listen to it a few times and you'll start loving it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Their Best Album yet

    By the Way collorates the familiar Red Hot Chili Pepper style with a mellower sound. Besides the two singles, "Zephyr Song" and "By the Way", this album includes many memorable tracks that make it hard for the cd to get old due to the amount of great songs on it. This is definetly the best cd for any bad of the year and you'll be missing out if you don't get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Band Grows, Others Don't Grow With It

    Some people really can't deal with the fact that the Chili Peppers aren't who they used to be, so they lash out and claim the Peppers don't have the talent anymore. The truth is, they themselves have fallen behind the Peppers. By the Way continues what Califonication started, and is easily their best CD to date. The title track is a little of every thing Chili Peppers. "Universally Speaking" is slower, and may appeal to less of a mass, but is a solid listen. "This is the Place" is an interesting look at the life of a junkie, although at times the lyrics are a bit hard to comprehend but we've come to accept that from this band. "Dosed" is just a beautiful tune, as is the somewhat more poppy "The Zephyr Song." "Can't Stop" and "Throw Away Your Television" should still appeal to those who only cared for old school Chili Peppers. The Peppers really switch things up by throwing in a latin influenced song ("Cabron") and a ska song, reminicant of Sublime ("On Mercury"). Bottom line: there's a diverse range of music here, although there are a few more mellow tracks than anything else. But the way they perform the hell out of these songs makes you realize the talent this band has. "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" proved this band knows good music. And, by the way, they still do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth $15!

    I'm a huge Chili Peppers fan, and a bassist. All of Flea's previous bass work revolved around punchy slap bass that I loved. This has all but disappeared, much to my disappointment. However, the band has grown, and the lyrics and guitar riffs are catchy. Not a bassist's dream, but I recommend for anyone who likes good music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Band That is Always Evolving

    This latest album by the RHCP shows how musically intuitive they really are. To idiots who say its simple and mellow are missing the big picture. The RHCP have grown up and already mastered the art of the funk/punk genre they created. Now, in their older years, they choose to grow, lyrically and musically. Frusciante's guitar playing has evolved in its chord progressions and sonic beauty. Flea is brilliant in realizing that his bass doesn't have to be slap happy to be good, it just has to be a perfect harmonizer with the song and bring out a more lush texture (something that a slap bass wouldn't be right for). Anthony's lyrics and vocals are at their peak. The album may sound simple but, musically altogether, is very advanced. New bands today are simplifying music because they lack the composition skills for it. This album proves that the Chili Peppers are not some bafoons who limit themselves and play the same type of songs over and over again. It proves just how musically intelligent they are. Fans who fail to recognize this aren't fans but just people who want to hear "Suck My Kiss" continuously. True musicians need to evolve and that's what the RHCP do. They continue to being true innovators as musicians. They always have been.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    RHCP rule

    Another great cd by the red hot chile peppers a must have for any fan or anyone who apperciates this type of music, if you like Californication your going to love this

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    what a collection of awe-inspiring tunes

    pretty much the most ecletic cd your ever hear. damn the chilis are great - listen to venice queen and youll know its something special thanks chilis

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ok

    Argh, true it's not the funky style we all love, but the chili peppers have to move on with their style, and this album (as well as Calafornication)proves they have. ''Can't stop'' and ''Dosed'' stand out as the best, but this mellow style does grow on you and im sure there will be many more favorites to come.

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