Other Side

The Other Side

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by Godsmack
     
 

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This aptly titled EP allows one of metal's more menacing acts to unplug and show a more subdued -- if not necessarily more mellow -- aspect of their musical mien. The Other Side offers up a mixed bag of new material and acoustic versions of songs from the band's earlier releases. The fresh stuff is the most intriguing, since it allows Sully Erna and company to

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This aptly titled EP allows one of metal's more menacing acts to unplug and show a more subdued -- if not necessarily more mellow -- aspect of their musical mien. The Other Side offers up a mixed bag of new material and acoustic versions of songs from the band's earlier releases. The fresh stuff is the most intriguing, since it allows Sully Erna and company to start with a blank slate, particularly "Running Blind," which finds Erna dipping into a bag of world music tricks, emerging with a quasi–Middle Eastern vocal drone. "The Other Side" is similarly brooding, extracting maximum emotion from an exceptionally dark, brooding guitar riff from Tony Rombola. The disc's passel of remakes is a bit more scattershot; "Asleep" (a revision of the hit "Awake") falls a bit flat, but the pared-down "Spiral," with its combination of Arabic and Spanish flourishes, makes for fascinating listening. While The Other Side could've been just a time-killer, Godsmack put enough effort into the EP to make it stand on its own merits.

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
The Other Side is Godsmack's first acoustic offering. Totaling seven songs, it's not quite a full album. But fans will note its mixture old and new material, as well as the departure from Sully Erna and co.'s normal metallurgical sonic signature. The primary influence here is Alice in Chains. New track "Running Blind" is dominated by the high-low harmony sound that's become Alice in Chains' legacy, as is "Re-Align," which otherwise doesn't drift very far from Faceless' electrified version. The guitars -- and guitar solos -- are acoustic throughout Other Side, and the percussion is lighter and more refined than the normal 'Smack pummel. As for the rest of the new material, "Voices" suggests the more subdued work of the band's peers (Seether, Staind, etc.), while "Touché" crosses threads of the Allman Brothers with the usual post-grunge throttle. It's also a little free advertising for Erna's vanity imprint and its new signing, Dropbox, whose Lee Richards and John Kosco guest. In a way, The Other Side feels like a vanity project for Godsmack itself, the sort of thing a band releases in between official studio records, or just because it can. But that doesn't mean it's a bad trip for fans, who will no doubt get a kick out of this more jangly side of a band that's made a tidy career out of going for the jugular.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/2004
Label:
Republic
UPC:
0602498611678
catalogNumber:
000153902
Rank:
13473

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The Other Side 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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KD_Win More than 1 year ago
My boss said I would love this and he is so right. Even though there is only 7 tracks I can listen to it over and over. It's a great buy if you are a fan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Surprisingly good. The new stuff is great and the band picked the right songs to translate into acoustic. This is not just some gimmick for hard core godsmack fans. Even though it only has 7 songs, it is a solid album. With the Other Side, you get a new perspective on the band. Fans will love it and I'm sure people who don't listen to godsmack will find an appreciation for this album. Nice, mellow, relaxing, but with the same dark godsmack style. Buy this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing CD. Godsmack shows just how talented they really are (for maybe the one or two people who were wondering). I personally love acoustic versions of hard rock/heavy metal music...and this album is no exception. It showcases how multi-dimensional the band really is. And the song "Running Blind" has quickly become a favorite of mine. This is an excellent CD and an absolute must for any fan of this musical genre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is awesome! Running Blind is an ok song with very simple riffs. Re-Align sounds alot better on acoustic than on guitar. Touche is just an awesome song! Voices is ok. Keep Away doesn't sound as good as on guitar but Tony still keeps to his riffs. Spiral is twenty times cooler than on "Awake" and definetly the highlight of the album. If you liked "Awake" you will love this acoustic version of it, very interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is what the greatful dead wish they could have been. It's trippy, soft, and hard. It's one of my favorate cd's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago