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  • Summary: Although their ride has been rocky at times, the Los Angeles band is nearing its 20th anniversary. (And if you grew up listening to the band, doesn't that make you feel old.) This, their eighth album, finds the Chili Peppers working with producer Rick Rubin.

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By The Way
Standing in line To see the show tonight And there's a light on Heavy glow By the way I tried to say I'll be there Waiting for Dani the girl Is... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Q Magazine
    100
    A fantastic record, full of wonder. [Aug. 2002, p.118]
  2. Certainly the most absorbing rock album of 2002, if not the best.
  3. Daring and inventive, it takes the kind of stylistic chances and creative leaps that were once the property of the heavies of '60s rock and pop.
  4. For every successful foray... there's a less satisfying track; the album is less focused and has a mushier center than ''Californication.''
  5. Underpinned throughout by the kind of melancholic edge discovered on radio friendly ode to smack 'Under The Bridge', and punctuated by a spontaneous, back-to-basics feel, it's an album that sees the Chilis revitalised.
  6. By god is it ever long (it's 16 tracks), but on the whole it showcases enough of what makes the Chili Peppers a very good rock group – chief among these are John Frusciante's excellent, inventive guitar playing, and the fact that it is with tremendous conviction that Anthony Kiedis belts out even the most ridiculous words.
  7. Spit-shine production, passionless instrumentation, (extremely) laid back grooves and laughably awful lyrics all conspire to do this once explosive band in.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 56
  2. Negative: 2 out of 56
  1. cbm
    Aug 2, 2011
    10
    By the Way represents a different direction for the Red Hot Chili Peppers compared to Californication. By the Way us is very melodic withBy the Way represents a different direction for the Red Hot Chili Peppers compared to Californication. By the Way us is very melodic with beautifully composed songs, my personal favorites being Don't Forget Me and Venice Queen. Expand
  2. patd
    Apr 16, 2005
    10
    Great Album
  3. ChrisR.
    Oct 6, 2007
    10
    SAVAGE TOAST gave it a4: fuck u all who think this album is incredible. any no name shit can right songs like these. i can rhyme just as well SAVAGE TOAST gave it a4: fuck u all who think this album is incredible. any no name shit can right songs like these. i can rhyme just as well as rhcp Don't know the difference between right and write though, moron. Some of the best music this side of the 21st century. I wish they didn't make that shitty Stadium Arcadium album right after this one though. Expand
  4. iskateboard
    Jul 23, 2002
    9
    the first time i heard this cd i thought the rhcp had finally lost it, but now that ive listened to the cd alot im starting to like it more the first time i heard this cd i thought the rhcp had finally lost it, but now that ive listened to the cd alot im starting to like it more and more. nothing will ever be as good as blood sugar sex magik and the other albums, but its still good. Expand
  5. kieferh
    Jul 15, 2006
    9
    savage what's up with you and all of your pessimistic, derogatory comments...i'd like to see you seriously make any album of some savage what's up with you and all of your pessimistic, derogatory comments...i'd like to see you seriously make any album of some sorty, let alone play an instrument. Anyway back to the criteria of the moment--i believe this album represent symplistic riffs and tunes that only the red hot's could pull off...a very blissfully, mellow, and delicious album one could bask in with it's subtle and deep embraces Expand
  6. j30
    Aug 15, 2011
    8
    Really good album, probably their most underrated. The first show I ever went to was on this tour, it was their performance in Park City,Really good album, probably their most underrated. The first show I ever went to was on this tour, it was their performance in Park City, Utah. Amazing Expand
  7. ChrisB
    Jun 3, 2004
    1
    It has been heartbreaking to watch my favourite band gradually turn into a boring uninspired pop band. I never thought it would happen to a It has been heartbreaking to watch my favourite band gradually turn into a boring uninspired pop band. I never thought it would happen to a band that had seemed to have so much creative talent musically and lyrically on the fantastic 'BloodSugarSexMagik'. Californication was OK, but this record is just laughable. I mean listen to the lyrics: "Skin that flick she's such a little DJ??" I mean come on. Bad. Very bad. Don't buy this album Expand

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