April 06, 2018

Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way (2002) ☠

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Alternative Rock
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☠: Selected by Lass
© 2002 Warner Bros. Records
AllMusic Review by Zac Johnson
The Red Hot Chili Peppers' eighth studio album finds the California foursome exploring the more melodic freeways of harmony and texture, contrasting the gritty, funky side streets of their early days. Luckily, with this more sophisticated sound, the Peppers have not sacrificed any of their trademark energy or passions for life, universal love, and (of course) lust. Although they recorded the spiky Abbey Road EP in 1988, this album actually sounds a lot closer to the Beatles' Abbey Road, with a little of Pet Sounds and elements of Phil Spector's lushest arrangements all distilled through the band's well-traveled funk-pop stylings. Harmony vocals and string arrangements have replaced some of the aggressive slap bass that the group was initially recognized for, but fans of both the gentle and the fierce Chili Peppers styles will embrace the title track and first single, "By the Way." In fact, this song on its own could almost be a brief history of everything the Red Hot Chili Peppers have recorded: fiery Hollywood funk, gentle harmonies, a little bit of singing about girls, a little bit of hanging out in the streets in the summertime, some rapid-fire raps from Anthony Kiedis, some aggro basslines from Flea -- the song plays like a three-and-a-half-minute audio version of Behind the Music. Overall, the album leans more toward the melodic end of their oeuvre, but they have grown into this kinder, gentler mode organically, progressively working toward this groove little by little, album by album. What once were snapshots of a spastic punk-funk lifestyle have grown into fully realized short stories of introspection and Californication. Though the pace of the album falters at times (particularly in the verses; the choruses are all pretty spectacular), it is refreshing to see that as the four Chili Peppers continue to grow older and more sure of themselves, their composition and performing skills are maturing along with them

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  1. Dear Lass, what is the difference between this and the one st https://www.mediasurf.org/2016/06/red-hot-chili-peppers-by-way-2002.html?m=1 ?

  2. Hey babe, there is no difference between the 2 entries. They're identical. The one in the link was an older entry that failed to update with our new search bar. In other words, it didn't always appear within the search bar results if you were to type in "red hot chili peppers" There is a few of those older entries still lurking around. We do however, always put the proper CD and album information in every post if there is a difference between 2 or more pressings.

  3. thank you for sharing. good band, good site.

  4. Dear Lass, can you re-rip "07. Can't Stop" as it has a "hiccup" between 03:45 and 03:46. This song is one of my fave in this album and that small issue is audible. Thank you!!

    1. Matthew my love, I have to be honest, I don't hear any hiccup in that song at the time you specified. You can try downloading it again but I listened back 4 times and heard nothing. The files in the RAR file have are fine and have no hiccups as far as I'm concerned.

    2. Dear Lass, that's odd. I did download the file thrice and tried to play the file in my laptop and mobile phones. They all have this issue on the specified timeframe... Rather than a "hiccup", it's more like a very tiny bump, pause, not-sure-how-you-call-it.

    3. I honestly don't hear anything wrong with the track, babe. Sounds more like a mastering issue. Ripping it again won't fix it. No one has mentioned this supposed error before. 😞