By the Way, I Forgive You

Brandi Carlile - By the Way, I Forgive You
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #91 / 794
User Score
Based on 136 ratings
2018 Ratings: #156
Liked by 4 people
February 16, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Low Country Sound, Elektra / Label
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A.V. Club

The lovely, languid folk songs on By The Way, I Forgive You also offer nuanced looks at life’s everyday complications.


Brandi Carlile has always aimed high. On By the Way, I Forgive You, she aims higher than ever before, this time with her best songs and exquisite production on her side.

Slant Magazine

She’s not only created some of her most fully realized characters—tough and vulnerable in equal measure—but she’s found her most sympathetic collaborators, making By the Way, I Forgive You the most emotionally direct and revealing album she’s to released to date.


By the Way I Forgive You is a different beast than its predecessor, a record with more texture, shade, and ambiguity: it is clearly the work of a maturing artist and it's all the richer for it.

Rolling Stone
Cozy up to the year's early standout: On her sixth LP, veteran songwriter Brandi Carlile teams up with co-producers Shooter Jennings and Dave Cobb for a moving and righteous piece of Americana-infused pop.

The album’s a tad awkward, like many projects steeped in the mild tea of sincerity, but By the Way, I Forgive You is the necessary next step in a shrewdly managed career. Brandi Carlile requires no forgiveness from us.

Random album monday #5 (I stole this idea from @Inglume so everyone go follow him)

Yes, I know it's not monday and I know I missed last week but, to make up for it I'm gonna do another random album tomorrow. I really liked this album. She has an amazing voice and, I think it really fit that folky sound she was doing. A lot of the songs really impressed me with her vocal abilities and, reading some people's reviews of this album, not many people are mentioning it. She is a great songwriter and ... read more
De vez em quando acontece algo que a gente fica questionando se realmente existe a tal famosa coincidência. O último caso comigo aconteceu recentemente ao saírem os indicados ao Grammy ao ter na categoria de Álbum do Ano a presença de By The Way, I Forgive You da Brandi Carlile. O motivo disso é fato que, apesar de ter lançado em Fevereiro sem fazer muito estardalhaço, o álbum seria um dos próximos resenhados aqui no blog, ... read more
► HIGHLIGHTS: "The Joke", "Hold Out Your Hand", “The Mother”, “Most Of All” and “Party Of One”
► LOWLIGHTS: "Sugartooth"
her best album. "Whatever You Do" and "The Joke" will be strong contenders for song of the year. "Party of One" supplies a cinematic flourish and quite the end-note for a cohesive album that's intimate, defiant, empathic, and belligerent all at once. the only rough spots are the oddly upbeat "Fulton County Jane Doe" and the weak "Sugartooth", which comes across as undeveloped filler and should have been left off the record. the rest is brilliant ... read more
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Track List

  1. Every Time I Hear That Song
  2. The Joke
  3. Hold Out Your Hand
  4. The Mother
  5. Whatever You Do
  6. Fulton County Jane Doe
  7. Sugartooth
  8. Most Of All
  9. Harder To Forgive
  10. Party Of One
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Added on: November 27, 2017