Editors' Notes The alt-rock legends shatter all preconceptions with the idiosyncratic, unabashedly pretty By the Way. A lot of the credit goes to John Frusciante, whose puzzle-like fretwork, soulful eccentricity, and doo-wop backing vocals are all over this dazzler. “Universally Speaking” is psych-infused power pop laced with Beatles-esque harmonies; “Dosed,” meanwhile, is a delicate ballad featuring Anthony Kiedis’ honeyed falsetto. Perhaps the single most delightful moment arrives with “Tear,” a rippling meditation on life replete with warm electric piano.

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By the Way
1
3:37
 
Universally Speaking
2
4:18
 
This Is the Place
3
4:16
 
Dosed
4
5:11
 
Don't Forget Me
5
4:36
 
The Zephyr Song
6
3:52
 
Can't Stop
7
4:28
 
I Could Die for You
8
3:13
 
Midnight
9
4:54
 
Throw Away Your Television
10
3:43
 
Cabron
11
3:37
 
Tear
12
5:16
 
On Mercury
13
3:28
 
Minor Thing
14
3:37
 
Warm Tape
15
4:15
 
Venice Queen
16
6:06
 

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