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By the Way

Red Hot Chili Peppers Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (633 customer reviews)
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1. By The Way
2. Universally Speaking
3. This Is The Place
4. Dosed
5. Don't Forget Me
6. The Zephyr Song
7. Can't Stop
8. I Could Die For You
9. Midnight
10. Throw Away Your Television
11. Cabron
12. Tear
13. On Mercury
14. Minor Thing
15. Warm Tape
16. Venice Queen

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Following 1999's quadruple platinum smash Californication, the Red Hot Chili Peppers return with By The Way, an album as soulful as ever, yet different from any of their previous releases. By The Way blends new rhythms, sounds and styles into the Red Hot Chili Peppers mix, resulting in one of the major new albums of the summer.


When the Red Hot Chili Peppers first appeared smeared in neon body paint with socks dangling precariously from their wieners, even the most faithful funk-metal convert couldn't have conceived they would be around some 20 years later, carrying on in much the same fashion. Despite a long history of tragedies and personnel upheavals, the California quartet's eighth album is mostly business as usual--and business, as usual, is quite good. The title track, "By the Way," is a powerful, bruised piece of slap-bass and intermediary white-boy rapping. "Universally Speaking" pays sweaty, soulful tribute to singer Anthony Kiedis's hometown of Detroit. And "Lemon Trees on Mercury" sounds eerily like it could have been lifted from 1984's Freaky Styley. The band's reliable eclectic side, meanwhile, surfaces on the Latin-flavored "Cabron" and moody "Venice Queen." But the biggest surprise is "Tear," a masterful homage to the Beach Boys that suggests the Chili Peppers' perpetual state of arrested development may someday lift. --Aidin Vaziri

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5.0 out of 5 stars 'By The Way' - Album of the year Oct. 12 2002
Format:Audio CD
By discarding the sock-adorned genitalia gimmick, and slap-bass heavy funk obsessions, and then discovered mellow harmonised music, Red Hot Chili Peppers have now made in my opinion their greatest album to date, reflected in the fact that they are enjoying arguably their highest level of popularity to date.
1. By The Way
One of those songs that sounds anonymous the first 2 or 3 times, then suddenly becomes brilliant. Some might say a typical Chilis song, but the harmonised verse and shotgun delivery of the lightning rap interludes seperate this from the rap/rock guff.
A definite *****
2. Universally Speaking
A great bouncing rhythm right through this track, you cannot help but nod ya head (no black suits comin'). Fairly generic verses, but Kiedis comes into his own on the chorus.
3. This Is The Place
A more slower tempo for this one, it is almost like a follow-up to Under the Bridge. Another strong chorus makes this a distinctive track, together with Flea's consistently brilliant bass.
4. Dosed
Not a favourite among the more rap/funk centralised Chilis fans, this is one of the highlights of the album. Showing how love has mellowed his outlooked, Anthony Kiedis' vocals are beutifully matched by the melodic, swooping guitar play by John Frusciante
5. Don't Forget Me
One of the more anonymous tracks on the album, that is not to detract from the track, more a reflection in the overall album.
6. The Zephyr Song
The second single to be lifted, a more upbeat song, with an almost rap-like sung verse, and another melodic chorus. The middle eight makes the song stand out however. Bear in mind, the lyrics make no sense however. Brilliant gibberish
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5.0 out of 5 stars From A Non-Rock Fans POV Dec 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
By most I would not be considered your typical candidate as a rock music listener/fan. First, I am black.. ..A woman.. ..And, Only 20 years of age. You may say: "Well, There was Hendrix!" But, Let's be serious for a moment.
How in the world did I end up with a Red Hot Chili Peppers album in my collection? Well, I remembered watching the "Give It Away" video every morning before walking to elementary school (Early 90's) and it was something that just stuck with me. It was a strange video and I had no idea what the Kedis was talking about. But, It was amusing nonetheless.
Present Day: I walked into Sam Goody and I saw the album "By The Way" sitting right in the front of the store on sale. I remembered listening to and watching the video for the title track and I liked it! So, I thought why not grab the album its under $15 bucks anyway.
Got home and popped it in the player.. ..First listen straight through the entire album and I loved it. From beginning to finish. Of course, I'm not a big fan of rock music I prefer soul, neo-soul, and r&b but this album definitely had caught my attention. I can't compare it to their previous releases obviously but from the little experience I've had with their older tunes. They sound more mature and content with their lives on this LP.. ..Does that make any sense?
And, I love the instrumentation itself.. ..And, I've even managed to learn the lyrics to the majority of the songs. "Throw Away Your Television" is the only song that is slightly reminisce of "Give It Away" for me and I like that song as well too.
This album obviously and has the potential to appeal to people of different backgrounds.. ..As I said before it grabbed my attention as a non-rocker. It may do the same for you! Check it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking May 29 2005
Format:Audio CD
By the Way soars as one of my favourite albums. RHCP manages to pull off yet another unique cd, balanced with the upbeat and funky ''This is the place'' and ''Throw away your television'', and the slower ''Venice Queen'', ''Dosed'' and ''I could die for you'' that add that melancolic, yet beautifull ring to the album. No need to say Flea's bass riffs are purely excellent, as he stands one of the best bassist of his generation. The guitar's harmonics and catchy rythms are great, though it's not the leading instrument, its takes you away with breathtaking solos. The instruments mix perfectly with Kiedis' melodic vocals, that support the strong lyrics. One of the best tracks on the album, Minor Thing, kicks off with a solid intro and almost rap-sung lyrics. Beautifull. The 16-track album is a masterpiece, a must-have in your RHCP collection.
Personal favourite: Can't Stop
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5.0 out of 5 stars Going from red to white hot May 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is an amazing CD. The great thing about RHCP is that they are continously changing their music style. I wouldn't call it better, because all their styles are great and different. In this album the chilis have included a lot more mellow tunes, like Venice Queen and Midnight. We hear some great rock-rap in songs like By The Way, The Zephyr Song and Minor Thing. The best bass is in Throw Away Your Television. Although the lyrics aren't as crystal clear as some people might like them to be, you can interpet them and make them your own, as Anthony's husky voice delivers. There's also amazing lead guitar by the talented John Frusciante and the spectacular drumming hosted by Chad Smith. This is a simply unmissable CD. If you only buy one CD in your lifetime, then this is it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of their underrated gems...
Wow, I was blown away when I heard this album... all you BSSM fanboys are missing out on what is some pretty badass music if you are willing to open your minds.
Published 9 months ago by GhostRiderfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Never too late to appreciate
Back in 2002 I was more into Agentine Tango... en French musik; The RHCP are timeless.. in 2013 I am completly "une fan finie" :)
Published 21 months ago by Lynd Audette
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Having seen these guys in concert, it's clear they're professionals. This album may be their best effort. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Langer
5.0 out of 5 stars By The Way - RHCP
The cd arrived to me in great condition and made the perfect valentines day gift for someone who was looking to complete their RHCPs cd collection.
Published on March 6 2012 by Hilary Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best
i'd say its one of their best cds. Almost every song on it is good except for maybe two of them. Sure its not as funky as others but there are still a few funky tunes and all the... Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2012 by Sorpse
1.0 out of 5 stars Warped record
Great album , unfortunatly one of the records came with a severe warp. It skips consistently and is very diassapointing
Published on Oct. 30 2011 by Soobound
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah I've Got Something to Say
After ALL these reviews, I don't have much to say. At least that would make any ones day.I write lryics for others, that is my way.
These songs fron R.H.C.P. Read more
Published on Dec 15 2009 by Luap Van Horn
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of the Chili Peppers!
Compared to Californication...this album is more on the mellow side...it's my favorite album by the RHCP.
Published on Sept. 17 2009 by Mary Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth, Melodical Bliss
In this astounding CD by RHCP they really take it down a notch. They deliver a smoother, slower, more in touch album. The songs are very emotionally packed. Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by M. Grady
1.0 out of 5 stars funk? yeah right!
this cd is freakin' slow and boring, its perfect to put a baby to sleep. why! why! anthony did you have to change your style of music you bum! Read more
Published on July 12 2004
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