By the Way, I Forgive You
Brandi Carlile - By the Way, I Forgive You
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2018 Ratings: #35 / 361
User Score
Based on 37 ratings
2018 Ratings: #163
February 16, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Low Country Sound, Elektra / Label
Your Review


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.

Apr 20, 2018
A little unsure of what it wants to be, the album has some gem songs, but feels torn between its orchestration and its production.

Key Tracks: Whatever You Do, Most of All, Party of One
Mar 24, 2018
Nice tracklist
Mar 4, 2018
Highlight - The Joke
Feb 24, 2018
With a twangy drawl suited for the folksy swamp buckled swang on this album, Brandi Carlisle made me a fan as this was the first album of hers I’ve heard. I’ll have to check out the rest of her young catalog. Bright future gets even brighter on By the Way, I Forgive You.
Feb 3, 2018*
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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Added on: November 27, 2017