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Album Review

Pictures of the Other Side was Gareth Gates third album but his first which did not include any cover versions. The conventional wisdom is that a teen star can't possibly spend four years away from the limelight and expect to return as if nothing happened. The conventional wisdom is right in the case of Gareth Gates. who had grown up and recorded an album of mature ballads and mid-tempo rockers which deserved more exposure but didn't get it, presumably because many people did not give a former teen star a chance. After all, this was the boy whose repertoire up to this point had consisted of a range between yet another version of "Unchained Melody" and a cheeky recording of "Spirit in the Sky" for Comic Relief, but Pictures of the Other Side was altogether more mature, right from the quiet opening bars of the first track and single, "Changes." He used emotional string backing throughout, especially on "Can't Believe It's Over." and another highlight is the second single, "Angel on My Shoulder." If this is the sort of adult material that Gates wanted to record from then on, and if he was finally doing what he wanted rather than what the Pop Idol crowd expected, it could be safely assumed that he couldn't care less about chart positions or longevity with one project. The album also included an extra track, "Drive" on the download only version. [A U.K. version featuring three CD-R downloads was also released.]

Customer Reviews

All grown up

A young man grown up. I sincerley believe that Gareth has produced some fine work.I hope that main stream radio will now play his music.There are several tracks which I believe will see Gareth put back in the charts.Gone is the little boy tone there is now maturity in his voice.

Excellent Album Gareth!

This album is fantastic, Lots of meaningful songs on here. Angel on my shoulder is a fantastic song. You won't be dissapointed with this album


From a boy to a man, this album has seen Gareth mature in his writing and in his sound. I've never been a fan but can honestly say this is a masterpiece. It is well written with a personal feel to the lyrics, FANTASTIC


Born: 12 July 1984 in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

U.K. teen pop sensation Gareth Gates attended an audition for the top-rated TV show Pop Idol in Manchester holding a backround in singing, piano, and classical guitar. After a second audition the newcomer managed to get through to the final and came in second on February 9, 2002. Simon Cowell signed him as a solo artist. After participating in a collection of classic traditional pop and vocal pop songs from the 1950s and 1960s called Pop Idol: Big Band Album, covering "Mack the Knife" and "Oh Look...
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Pictures of the Other Side, Gareth Gates
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music
  • Released: 01 January 2007

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