AOTY 2018

By the Way, I Forgive You

Brandi Carlile - By the Way, I Forgive You
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #76 / 702
User Score
Based on 63 ratings
2018 Ratings: #270
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.

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
Álbum com muito coração e uma vibe quase atemporal, tradicional mas sem ser chato.
► HIGHLIGHTS: "The Joke", "Hold Out Your Hand", “The Mother”, “Most Of All” and “Party Of One”
► LOWLIGHTS: "Sugartooth"
Her voice and story telling are gold!
Favorite tracks: Every Time I Hear That Song, Whatever You Do, Party Of One
I didn't have a lot to say about this album upon first listen and I still don't have a lot to say about it. It just generally doesn't stand out among the rest of the releases this year.

Favorite track: Sugartooth
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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