The Other Sideby Godsmack
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 quasiMiddle 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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Performance CreditsGodsmack Primary Artist,Group
Sully Erna Vocals,Group Member
John Kosco Guest Appearance
Lee Richards Guest Appearance
Technical CreditsSully Erna Composer,Producer
P.R. Brown Art Direction,Cover Photo
Kent Hertz Engineer
John Kosco Composer
Lee Richards Composer
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.