- 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)
By The Way Single, Import
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this cd is great "cant stop listening to it" it has a selection of some of their best songs *****Published on 21 July 2009 by Mrs. P. H. Griffield
AMAZING, it is so good it should be made in gold with a diamond studded casePublished on 2 Aug. 2006 by Sam