By the Way, I Forgive You

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By the Way, I Forgive You
By the Way, I Forgive You - Brandi Carlile.png
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 16, 2018
StudioRCA Studio A in Nashville
GenreAmericana[1]
Length43:25
LabelLow Country Sound / Elektra
Producer
Brandi Carlile chronology
The Firewatcher's Daughter
(2015)
By the Way, I Forgive You
(2018)
Singles from By the Way, I Forgive You
  1. "The Joke"
    Released: November 13, 2017
  2. "Party of One"
    Released: October 17, 2018

By the Way, I Forgive You is the sixth studio album by Brandi Carlile, released on February 16, 2018. "The Joke" was released as the album's lead single.[2][3] The album was co-produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings.[4][5] The album art is an original painting by Scott Avett.[6] The album won a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album in 2019, as well being nominated for Album of the Year.[7]

Promotion[edit]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "The Joke", was released on November 13, 2017.[8] Of the track, Carlile said, "There are so many people feeling misrepresented [today]...so many people feeling unloved. Boys feeling marginalized and forced into these kind of awkward shapes of masculinity that they do or don't belong in... so many men and boys are trans or disabled or shy. Little girls who got so excited for the last election, and are dealing with the fallout. The song is just for people that feel under-represented, unloved or illegal."[8] The official music video for the track was released on February 16, 2018, the same day By the Way, I Forgive You dropped.[9] Former U.S. President Barack Obama named the track as one of his favorites of 2017.[10] "The Joke" later reached number 4 on the Adult Alternative Songs chart [11] and 43 on the Hot Rock Songs chart.[12]

A remix of "Party of One" featuring English singer-songwriter Sam Smith was released as the second single on October 17, 2018.[13] Upon release, it was announced that a portion of the profits from the song would benefit Children In Conflict, a non-profit that aids children affected by war.[14] The song reached number 29 on the Adult Contemporary radio chart.[15] A music video of the album version starring Elisabeth Moss was released in December 2018.[16]

In the music video for "Whatever You Do", Brandi performs the song in her bare feet.

Television & Radio Performances[edit]

Carlile appeared on television multiple times to promote the album and its singles. In January 2018, Carlile performed "The Joke" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[17] In April, she performed "The Joke" and "Whatever You Do" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert[18][19] and "The Joke" on The Howard Stern Show.[20] In August, she performed "Hold Out Your Hand" on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.[21]

Composition[edit]

"The Mother" commemorates Carlile's daughter.[22]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic81/100[23]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[24]
The Austin Chronicle4/5 stars[25]
The A.V. ClubA−[26]
Financial Times4/5 stars[27]
Pitchfork6.9/10[28]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[1]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[29]
Uncut6/10[30]
Vice (Expert Witness)(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[31]

By the Way, I Forgive You received mostly positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 81 out of 100, which indicates "Universal acclaim" based on ten reviews.[23]

Rolling Stone referred to "Party of One" as a "delicate masterpiece".[1]

Accolades[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated Work Result
2018 Americana Music Honors & Awards Artist of the Year Brandi Carlile Nominated
Song of the Year "The Joke" Nominated
Album of the Year By the Way, I Forgive You Nominated
UK Americana Awards[32] International Album of the Year Nominated
International Song of the Year "The Joke" Won
2019 Grammy Awards[33] Album of the Year By the Way, I Forgive You Nominated
Best Americana Album Won
Record of the Year "The Joke" Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Best American Roots Song Won
Best American Roots Performance Won

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth except "The Joke", written by Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth.

No.TitleLength
1."Every Time I Hear That Song"4:01
2."The Joke"4:39
3."Hold Out Your Hand"4:22
4."The Mother"3:17
5."Whatever You Do"4:07
6."Fulton County Jane Doe"4:43
7."Sugartooth"4:28
8."Most of All"3:51
9."Harder to Forgive"4:06
10."Party of One"5:47
Total length:43:25

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[34] 27
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[35] 13
US Billboard 200[36] 5
US Folk Albums (Billboard)[37] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[38] 1

References[edit]

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