Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
By the WayRed Hot Chili PeppersDigital Media16
  • -2002-06-04
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)[none]
By the WayRed Hot Chili PeppersCD16
  • DE2002-07-08
  • GB2002-07-08
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9362-48140-2093624814023
By the WayRed Hot Chili PeppersCD16
  • CA2002-07-09
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)CDW 48140093624814023
By the WayRed Hot Chili PeppersCD16
  • ZA2002-07-09
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WBCD 20236001208022430
By the WayRed Hot Chili PeppersCD16
  • US2002-07-09
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9 48140-2093624814023
By the WayRed Hot Chili PeppersDigital Media18
  • XW2002-07-09
[none]
By the WayRed Hot Chili PeppersCD17
  • JP2002-07-10
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WPCR-113004943674033157
By the WayRed Hot Chili PeppersCD17
  • JP2002-07-10
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WPCR-123134943674063406
By the WayRed Hot Chili PeppersCD16
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)93624814029325583015823
By the WayRed Hot Chili PeppersCassette16
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9362-48140-4093624814047
By the WayRed Hot Chili Peppers2×12" Vinyl8 + 8
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9362 48140-1093624814016
By the WayRed Hot Chili Peppers(unknown)18
By the WayRed Hot Chili Peppers2×12" Vinyl8 + 8
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9 48140-1
By the WayRed Hot Chili PeppersDigital Media18
  • NL2006-03-17
[none]
By the WayRed Hot Chili PeppersCD17
  • JP2006-05-10
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WPCR-123134943674063406
By the Way (24bit/96kHz)Red Hot Chili PeppersDigital Media16
  • JP2015-06-02
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)093624932178
Bootleg
By the WayRed Hot Chili PeppersCD16
  • -2002
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)4522684438345
By the WayRed Hot Chili PeppersCD19
(unknown)
By the Way: Rough Mixes (phase cancelled instrumentals)Red Hot Chili PeppersDigital Media13
  • -2001

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Can’t Stop
included in:The Studio Album Collection 1991–2011
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/42557 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/jvzf [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/red_hot_chili_peppers/by_the_way/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000218945 [info]
Wikidata:Q153475 [info]

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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, passe). 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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