By The Way, I Forgive You is the sixth studio album from Brandi Carlile. Carlile is known for Americana that is carefully balanced between pop and country, though on her later albums, she falls to one side or the other more and more often. That trend continues on this latest album.
Her last album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, fell more on the pop side, and this one leans more country, which makes sense given her Nashville production team for the album.
Despite flashes, By The Way, I Forgive You falls short of being Carlile’s best work. Between the Nashville production and the rock orchestration on several songs, the album is a not entirely sure what it wants to be. People will find some genuinely lovely songs here, but there will be a lot of disagreement on what they are, depending on what side of the Americana spectrum they fall.
Recommendation: Stream It
Songs I Have a Playlist For: Party of One, Most Of All, Whatever You Do, The Mother
Songs I Will Thumbs Down: The Joke, Sugartooth