By The Way

Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Uncut
    60
    By The Way presents a band who have mellowed and matured with unusual benefits to their music. [Sep 2002, p.118]
  2. Blender
    60
    Essentially Californication 2, a reprise of their last album. [#9, p.142]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 226 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 62
  2. Negative: 3 out of 62
  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. Full Review »
  2. Oct 22, 2010
    8
    It's very mellow. That might be what annoys a lot of people about it, because the Chili Peppers have always been about the funk. It's also aIt's very mellow. That might be what annoys a lot of people about it, because the Chili Peppers have always been about the funk. It's also a little monotonous at times but there really are some great songs here if you're willing to listen in a way you haven't before. The lyrics don't make sense, but who cares about that? It's a chill-out album. "Venice Queen" is my personal favorite, followed by "Can't Stop" and the title track. Great stuff. Full Review »
  3. Jan 6, 2017
    9
    This album from the Chili Peppers expresses their more modern rock direction of music. By The Way although shows many directions of music suchThis album from the Chili Peppers expresses their more modern rock direction of music. By The Way although shows many directions of music such as funk, modern rock, alternative and kind of pop on tracks like The Zephyr Song. The album opens with the explosive title track By The Way, the song goes from melodic and slow, then blasts off into funk madness with Anthony rapping the lyrics. The next track is the alternative track Universally Speaking which has a funky sound throughout but is melodic at the same time. The next track is the dramatic song This Is The Place is a turn in the beginning of the album but is a very good song for being kind of depressing. The rest of the album includes hits like The Zephyr Song, Can't Stop and Dosed and Venice Queen. Other than the hits, there are very good tracks on the album like On Mercury, Minor Thing, Throw Away Your Television and Cabron. This album shows a very good direction for the Chili Peppers into the new millennium and it did so because 4 years later they released Stadium Arcadium which was a critically acclaimed double album . Full Review »