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By The Way Single, Import

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Product details

  • Audio CD (10 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Import
  • Label: WARNER
  • ASIN: B000065EMS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 770,927 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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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BBC Review

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are renowned for their unique brand of funk-rap-punk-rock (reader, please feel free to add your own descriptors, according to taste and pretension. Neo and fusion are always good. Eclecticism is, apparently, passé). But, with By The Way, the Californian foursome have made things much simpler for all concerned by releasing what is essentially a straight-forward rock album.

Ok, so there may be some notional rap, funk, and a sniff of punkishness (punk not really being achievable in half measures). But it is a rock sound, with balladic verses and powerful harmonised choruses, that wins through.

This marks a definite continuation of the successes of their previous release, 1999's Californication. The strutting of old is replaced by a melancholy if ennobled air, pervasive in "Universally Speaking", "Dosed" and "I Could Die For You". The radio-friendly "Zephyr Song" with such lyrics as "In this perfect weather, we'll find a place together..." is even a little twee.

Although a rock album, By The Way is far from one dimensional. The energetic, "Can't Stop" and "On Mercury" cut to a ska feel while "Don't Forget Me" proves slow and gritty. The boisterous "Cabron" features arpeggiated guitars which brings to mind images of somewhere strangely medieval and Spanish.

The Chilis have seen their fair share of life's stress and tragedy. "Venice Queen" is dedicated to Kiedis' recently departed friend and drugs councillor Gloria Scott. His break up with long-time girlfriend Yohanna Logan perhaps further influenced the album's plaintive sound.

"Sex-god" posturing aside, The Chilis have always harboured a gentler, emotional side. It is with By The Way that a band famous for performing in no more than a "modesty sock" have finally reached maturity and managed to truly lay themselves bare.

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Format: Audio CD
this song wouldn't feel out of place on Californication mixing mellowness (Scar Tissue) with the more muscular moments on the album. the tune is a grower thanks mainly to the harmonic chorus. it does feel like the band are making a conscientious porgression into an even more spiritual territory. John Frusciantes guitar playing is interesting and creative; and Flea as always adds a vibrant bassline.
the chilis have set themselves a high standard to live up to - this single doesn't rank above their best but is still a quality tune.
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For anyone who has grown up with the chilis this single indicates the manner in which the band have matured and where they are heading as hinted in Californication. Anthony's soulful lyrics and voice fit perfectly with the medlodies provided by the rest of the band, whilst John's guitar and effects follows on from what he has been experimenting with on his solo albums. All in all a great song with a chorus line what will be in your head all day.
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Finally I have got my hands on new material from the absolute Gods of all that is funky!
This song follows on in the vein of where Californication left off, emptier in feel than the highly polished production of the Blood Sugar Sex Magik days, but none the less striking for it. John is proving to be a wonderful backing vocalist, and his voice accompanies Anthony's beautifully here in the chorus.
They even get away with the vocoder effect in the verse.
The band just sound comfortable with one another, more mature, just playing what the hell they want to, and the result is a fine single. Let's hope for more of the same on the album.
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By dpdan on 14 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
An absolute gem. WIth By the Way being my first ever album, bought for me by my Mother at a filling station 8 years ago, this single reminded me of why I love the Chili Peppers. The two B-sides here are killer, with an unexpected 60's flashback on Teenager in Love and full on funk assault on Time. Definitely worth whatever they're asking.
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