BRANDI CARLILE // BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU
Written by J.M
By The Way, I Forgive You, folk rock singer Brandi Carlile's sixth studio album, is an effortless offering from a master of her craft.
Release date: February 16, 2018
Label: Low Country Sound / Elektra
Coming out just three years after The Firewatcher's Daughter, Brandi Carlile's newest album feels seasoned and matured in a simple, straightforward affect. While the songs have more of a distinct country flair than previous albums, Carlile's strong, full voice still captures the focus of each song, particularly the trademark moments when she slides into her higher register and the songs become tender and vulnerable in a magical way.
Lyrically, By the Way, I Forgive You does not disappoint. Fans of Carlile will feel at home with the unique lyrics that take universal experiences and borderline cliches and turns them on their head. This is particularly apparent in the heart-wrenching and -warming mid-album song "The Mother," where Carlile sings about both the highs and lows of motherhood: "The first things that she took from me were selfishness and sleep / She broke a thousand heirlooms I was never meant to keep / She filled my life with color, canceled plans, and trashed my car / But none of that was ever who we are."
The album also has gorgeous portrayals of other types of love, both healthy and not, but also real, like in the closing track, "Party of One:" "I loved you the first time I saw you / And you know I love you still / But I am tired / And I am yours."
By the Way, I Forgive You is a quiet but masterful album from Brandi Carlile that both plays to her strengths while also developing and evolving her sound and musicality.