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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

Well, this is different...

...but from what I'm used to with these guys, this one is an eye opener. I am a HARD Godsmack fan, and love their harder stuff. Some bands out there just wail and scream out lyrics. This effort by Godsmack shows how talented these guys actually are. The acoustic versions ring melodic through ny iPod, and find myself immersing myself in the vocals and lighter sounds. Sully actually has a voice! You're used to the scowling growl and chunky guitar of passed hits as in "Whatever" and "Sick of Life". The acoustic version of Awake (aptly named "Asleep") actually makes me take notice of the true work of art the original song is via lyrics and musical arrangement. This album isn't for kids. They're into the in-your-face...get-into-the-mosh mentality that most of Godsmack's pieces have. This one is for the more appreciative, and mature ear. If you don't like it, you hate change. I have played this album for my classes, and I have had nothing but praise from my participants. More often than not, they would ask who the band was. I tell them, and they don't believe me. The next week, they have CD in hand to show me. I'm making believers out of lovers of Hip Hop, Top 40, country, and easy listening about Godsmack. When music is good, it transcends ordinary genres, and creates a new realm. Not many selections have done that. Enter Godsmack. This one's a definite buy and hear over and over!

A Belly Dancer's take

This was my second Godsmack CD, and I bought it without realizing what it was. Expecting the usual Godsmack, I was disappointed the first time I started to listen to it. It sat on the shelf forever until one day I got bored and actually listened to the whole CD. I listened to it at least 3 times that day - and went from "this is okay" to "I love this CD!" Now it's my favorite. I am a belly dancer, and I love the song Voodoo on my first Godsmack CD because of the cool unusual beat (actually I like dancing to it.) I can dance to every single song on The Other Side - especially Spiral. (I don't know, but when a hard rock band makes songs with interesting enough beats to bellydance to, I think that's something!) ;-)

Acoustic Magic!!!!

I could listen to this album all day soakin up the sun and contemplating life. I don't understand how anyone could not love these songs in this way. I absolutely loooooove this album! Way to go Godsmack!


Formed: 1995 in Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Boston-based alternative metal group Godsmack originally comprised vocalist Sully Erna (a devout Wiccan), guitarist Tony Rambola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Tommy Stewart. After debuting in 1997 with All Wound Up, Godsmack signed with Universal, which in 1998 reissued the LP as a self-titled effort with a handful of new tracks; at that point Stewart -- who'd left the group in mid-1997 and was replaced by drummer Joe d'Arco -- returned to the lineup on a permanent basis. The band's audience...
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