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Without a doubt, Numan's high mark is his early period, which ended around 1983. Having said that, one can't expect any groundbreaking material from The Other Side of..., a compilation that documents his second phase, 1984-1992. Let's call it the "generic" phase, for nearly every composition sounds alike, and that sound is unmemorable. Comprised of synth-pop, dance, and new wave, the songs on The Other Side of... lack the depth of Numan's early work. Most of the cuts are taken from Berserker (1984), The Fury (1985), and Strange Charm (1986). It's interesting to hear a pattern running throughout the compilation -- Numan's fondness for saxophone. He incorporates the instrument (or its synthetic likeness) into nearly all of the compositions. While most of the songs are merely OK, a few of them are mentionable. The opener, "I Can't Stop," was a minor dance hit for Numan in 1986. "The Need" (also 1986), with its appealingly funky bass, is akin to his earlier work on I, Assassin and Dance. And "The Skin Game," a solid dance-synth rock piece from 1992, scores with its Devo-esque intro. The Other Side of Gary Numan is recommended only for fans of this period in Numan's career. The uninitiated should seek out Document Series Presents Gary Numan for an excellent single-disc overview of his best work.