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By The Way (U.S. Version)

By The Way (U.S. Version)

June 28, 2010

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 25, 2002
  • Release Date: June 25, 2002
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2002 Warner Bros. Records Inc. for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S.
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  • Total Length: 1:08:30
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  • ASIN: B00122IVQA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (752 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,639 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

This, I think, is the best Red Hot Chili Peppers album.
StS
The title track, Zephyr Song, Can't Stop, Midnight, Tear, and Minor Thing are incredible songs with only By The Way sounding like their previous work.
A. Field
The more you listen to the CD & soak in all the great songs,the better they get."By The Way" is one of the best albums out this year.
BudSmokE420

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Andrew L. Chmelko on August 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Lately I have heard many MANY people slinging mud at the Red Hot Chili Peppers calling them everything from "sellouts" to "no fun anymore". While earlier outings such as "The Uplift Mofo Party Plan" and "Mother's Milk" are what got me into the Chili Peppers in the first place, if they were still trying to churn out the same exact funk-punk that they did in the 80's I am certain I'd be bored to tears with them by now. I relish the fact that no two Chili Peppers albums really sound the same, and even appreciate the greatly panned "One Hot Minute" for its own unique style (I certainly wouldn't have minded hearing a second album with Navarro on guitar before he took off). As far as them being sellouts...whatever. I used to be one of those brainless sheep that called every band with a hit single "sellouts" until I read Henry Rollins's "Get in the Van," where he said that Black Flag were considered sellouts for (among other things) cutting their hair, not playing every single song the audience requested, playing songs that were longer than 3 minutes, and...horror of horrors...RELEASING ALBUMS. People who accuse bands of selling out should be taken every bit as seriously as an Anna Nicole Smith film festival.
This album, while maybe not as close to the typical idea of "fun" as albums where the boys rapped about sex and partying, is indeed a treasure. I'll admit I wasn't too crazy about it at first, but upon repeated listenings I found myself unable to listen to anything else for weeks. My personal favorites are the block of "This is the Place," "Dosed," and "Don't Forget Me.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Susan D Phillips on July 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album is amazing, i just bought it at 10 o'clock this morning, and i bet i will not be able to stop listening forever....the chili peppers are the best, i don't give 5 stars often but this album definantely deserves it, you can tell the chili peppers put so much effort into making this album enjoyable...my favorite reviews are the ones that go through all the songs, so here's the tracks one by one and what i think of them:
1.) By the Way: You've probably heard this one by now, but this songs cannot be overplayed, john's funk guitar, and flea's nice slap bassline complete the song over anthony's rapping and soul singing
2.) Universally Speaking: A nice little ballad with smooth vocals and rythamic guitar and bass
3.) This is the Place:...an awesome output by the chili peppers, as flea plays one bass line through the whole song, all the other peppers are playing off it with sweet effect and smooth backround vocals by john, a masterpiece
4.) Dosed: Nice double guitar work here, a very catchy tune that will be stuck in your head (in a good way)
5.) Don't Forget Me: Beautiful chords, great vocals, and a nice job done on the rythem side by chad and flea, i love the drums in this song!
6.) The Zephyr Song: I love how diverse the chili's can get, this almost has a latin hip hop flavor to it..but then it changes and john's vocals come in, and it's amazing!
7.) Can't Stop: My absolute favorite song on this cd, john's playing a bass line!, or it sounds like that, then flea takes over with it later in the song, and how do they make john's ohhhhh ahhhh's sound good over funk?, i don't get it, but it's great, and then the chorus comes in, unexpected, and it's amazing, i hope they release this song, because everyone deserves to listen to this song
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Michael Leach on July 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"By the Way" is, undeniably, a stellar album, representing yet another tremendous offering from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It easily equates its predecessor, "Californication", in terms of its accessibility and the consistency with which it displays quality musicianship and meaningful lyrics. As always, Anthony Keidis' wonderfully unique vocals are complemented expertly by Flea's mastery of the bass guitar, Fruisciante's great guitar performances and Chad Smith's rhythmic drum beats. It is understandable, then, that, in a similar vein to "Californication", all 16 of the album's tracks are excellent, and are not let down by any pointless `filler' tracks.
However, the Chili Peppers appear to have significantly stretched their musical boundaries since "Californication", as "By the Way" manages to encapsulate an earnestness and emotiveness that the band has rarely revealed to its legion of fans. While the album retains the band's raw edge, especially through hard-hitting songs such as catchy first single "By the Way" and the bittersweet funk tune "Can't Stop", it also introduces a wealth of songs based around beautiful vocal harmonies and soaring melodies. Moving ballad "I Could Die For You" illustrates this point perfectly, as it stands as among the most beautiful three minutes in the Chili Peppers' recording history. Thankfully, the band has definitely not transformed into a soppy, dull, Train-esque rock act. Even the album's most tender moments either maintain a degree of intensity or are balanced out by more unrefined moments, such as those involving rapping and chanting. For instance, the juxtaposition of Keidis' aggressive rapping with moving vocal harmonies in "Minor Thing" culminates in an aurally appealing contrast.
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