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By the Way

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  • Audio CD (July 9 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000067CPX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 637 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.

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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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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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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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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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I am a really big fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and I have to say that this CD is a must-have for any chili peppers fan. All of the songs on there are really good. They have become really versatile with a few different musical styles, like the Mexican sounding "Cabron" to the ska sounding "On Mercury." I like the song "By the Way," which receives a lot of radio airplay. My favorite song on the album is "Can't Stop," which is reminiscent to 70's funk. I like the chord changes and the singing. I also really like "Tear" because it has sort of a Beatle-esque sound like something off of "Magical Mystery Tour" or "Abbey Road." I would highly recommend this CD to all chili peppers fans.
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Like most mainstream followers of Red Hot Chili Peppers, I first became aware of them through their cover of Stevie Wonder's classic song "Higher Ground" off their album, Mother's Milk. Then, when "Give it Away" and "Breaking the Girl" were big, I broke down and bought their breakthrough album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, finding out too late that they were the only songs on the album that I liked.
Well, recently both the Chili Peppers and I have matured and our paths have converged again. I was very interested in the songs off Californication (like "Scar Tissue" and the title track) and stopped changing radio stations when their name was announced as forthcoming. And now with By the Way, they've gained me as a fan again.
This has all the things that I liked about them in the first place: the hard-driving funk--epitomized by Flea's frantic bass playing--combined with the softer, more introspective side. By the way is their most melodic album yet, and that's a good thing. And it's consistent, one song blending into the next with no jarring. Instead of simply throwing together all the songs they've recently recorded into an athematic mishmash, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have created a wonderfully cohesive portrait of where they are in their lives. From the beginning strains of the title track to the ending guitar strums of "Venice Queen," By the Way is a delight.
"By the Way," "The Zephyr Song," "Universally Speaking," and "Throw Away Your Television" speak to me the most but the whole album is great and easy on the ears. Red Hot Chili Peppers have entered the world of adult contemporary, which is a boon because that's what their longtime fans are listening to now.
As Anthony Kiedis sings on "Midnight," "just a minute while I reinvent myself." By the Way is the result of a band not being afraid to change its style or alienate its fans. It certainly brought me back.
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