By the Way

By the Way

by Red Hot Chili PeppersRed Hot Chili Peppers


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No longer the simpleminded nudie-funksters of yore, the Chili Peppers have evolved into a band that, despite occasional forays into unreflective testosterone-rock, seem to have at long last grown up right. If By the Way, the Peppers' follow-up to the four-times-platinum Californication, charts a more mature artistic path, chalk up the bulk of it to the six-string wizardry of John Frusciante, by far the most creative of the many guitarists to have served time in Camp RHCP. Frusciante adds an agreeable sense of spacey psychedelia to tunes like "The Zephyr Song," on which his melodic playing makes up for Anthony Kiedis's palpably flat singing. The band's more visceral side is still in evidence here, most notably on the Motown-flavored "Universally Speaking" and the rough-riding rap-rock title track. But these songs come across as more loose-limbed and less carefully calculated than their counterparts on previous releases. Likewise, the Latin-tinged "Cabron" and the pure pop ethereality of "Tear" (the clearest evidence of the fractured relationship that's said to have affected Kiedis's writing) show a maturity that can't be hidden behind a tube sock.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2002
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624814023
catalogNumber: 48140
Rank: 8871


  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

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Red Hot Chili Peppers   Primary Artist
Flea   Bass,Background Vocals
John Frusciante   Guitar,Background Vocals
Anthony Kiedis   Vocals
Chad Smith   Drums
Julian Schnabel   Conductor
Marc Mann   Conductor

Technical Credits

Flea   Composer
John Frusciante   Composer
Anthony Kiedis   Composer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Jim Scott   Engineer
Chad Smith   Composer
Julian Schnabel   Art Direction,Cover Art
Marc Mann   Orchestral Arrangements
Ryan Hewitt   Engineer
Ethan Mates   Engineer
Jason Wormer   Engineer
Dave Lee   Guitar Techician

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