By the Way
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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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Personal favourite: Can't Stop
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 on Jan. 24 2014 by GhostRiderfan
Back in 2002 I was more into Agentine Tango... en French musik; The RHCP are timeless.. in 2013 I am completly "une fan finie" :)
Having seen these guys in concert, it's clear they're professionals. This album may be their best effort. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2012 by Langer
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
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 morePublished on Feb. 12 2012 by Sorpse