Godsmack
The Other Side


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mr. Lean Mug USER (112 Reviews)
May 31st, 2006 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


I’ll be honest with you: I don’t really like Godsmack. Much of what I’ve heard doesn’t appeal to me. I’ll admit that they’re a solid band, with many positives, but you won’t catch me in a tee-shirt depicting their wanna-be Alice in Chains sun logo anytime soon. However, a little over year ago, a friend of mine had recently picked up Godsmack’s The Other Side EP featuring acoustic versions of some of the band’s most popular songs, as well as previously unreleased acoustic tracks “Running Blind," “Touché," and “Voices." I also noticed that this EP featured the song “Asleep" which is actually the acoustical rendition of “Awake," the title track of the band’s second album. Anyway, when I saw that my pal had purchased this CD, I instantly wanted to hear if it could impress me any more than Godsmack’s studio albums did. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it did.

The Other Side is unsurprisingly softer than Godsmack that you would come to expect. This is the type of release that occurs when a band wants to record something to please old and new fans, but also wants some that will allow them to be viewed on a higher level as artists. The Other Side features excellent songwriting, in respect to the new tracks, and perfect re-workings of the some of the songs that helped make Godsmack famous. The guitar parts are simple, yet effective. Beautifully played acoustics overlaid by vocalist Sully Erna’s typically grungy growl, complemented by light bits of percussion, wrap everything together into a tight, coherent, and enjoyable package.

From the beginning, the slow, smooth chords of “Running Blind" wash over you. This song is excellently paced, and suits its acoustic setting perfectly. I especially like the percussion in this song; it reminds me of something out of a Wild West movie (take that however you wish). “Realign" is a most worthy revisiting of one of Godsmack’s former hits. The Other Side version of this song retains the strength of the original, but adds more of a melody, and makes the sound more radio-friendly then ever before. “Touché" was written in conjunction with Dropbox members John Kosco and Lee Richards (whose band is currently signed to Erna’s Realign record label, a subsidiary of Universal). Featuring one of the most clever and memorable riffs on the EP, “Touché" is a perfect blend of two band’s creative visions, and one of the strongest tracks by far.

‘Voices," the third of the previously unreleased tracks is a slight disappointment musically compared to the first two. However, whatever it lacks in that department, it makes up for in the lyrics sheet. “Voices" is a very well-written song, and Erna’s voice compliments is perfectly. “Keep Away" has a slightly more-twangy guitar sound to it. It also features a much more prominent bassline when compared to the rest of the EP. In direct contrast to “Voices," “Keep Away" lacks lyrically, but makes up for it musically (probably one of the reason’s why it was Godsmack’s first hit). “Spiral" is a favorite song of Godsmack‘s to perform during concerts. The introduction reminds me of the Pearl Jam song “Once" (from the band’s 1991 debut Ten). Fusing excellent guitar work, great drumming, and perfect vocals, “Spiral" is another one of the standout tracks from The Other Side. This EP concludes with “Asleep." An interesting adoption of “Awake," “Asleep" features a hauntingly audible piano as well as the chillingly moody guitar sounds. It’s a rather melancholy way to end The Other Side, but is most likely a fan favorite.

Like I said before: I’m not a Godsmack fan. However, I am a fan of this EP. It’s the first thing I recommend when asked for input on this band. While it may not be perfect (similar songs, repetitive lyrics, etc.), it’s still a very solid release from a solid band. I may have to go find me a shirt featuring album art from The Other Side, because something like that I wouldn’t mind wearing.



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w0bbL4
May 31st 2006


14 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice record and review, i have the same opinion. But it's clearly too expensive, 13€ for 7 songs, besides the most songs are only acoustic versions of older tunes.


RainShadow
May 31st 2006


132 Comments


This CD pretty good compared to they're more known stuff. Good job on the review, matches pretty much everything I thought about it. The sound like they are trying to rip off Days Of The New.This Message Edited On 05.31.06

pattern_recognition
May 31st 2006


950 Comments


The band John Kosco and Lee Richards are from is called Dropbox, not Dropline. And they sound exactly like Godsmack. The guitarist even looks like Tony Rombola, no joke.
Anyway, good review. Running Blind is an alright listen once in a while, as is Asleep.This Message Edited On 05.31.06

CushMG15
May 31st 2006


1802 Comments


Solid Review.
I haven't broke this out in awhile, but I remember enjoying quite a bit.

Acey
May 31st 2006


2578 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great accoustic remakes plus the single imo. it's about time someone did a review for this. good review.

f_u_c_t
June 7th 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is some brilliant acoustic. I prefer this over all of Godsmacks stuff.

ducktape415
June 14th 2006


14 Comments


I think just like you. i dident like GS but then I heard this and I was amazed! Great review! maby u should try track by track next time.

Psyclone
July 21st 2006


432 Comments


What album was "I Stand Alone" on? Or was it not even on an album?

Volunteer
July 21st 2006


102 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

E.N. - "I Stand Alone" was on Faceless and the Scorpian King Soundtrack

Volunteer
July 21st 2006


102 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think after Faceless came out Godsmack was getting, well, smacked by critics for making three albums that all sound alike. So they tried something new and did an OK job. Personally I say if it ain't broke... but Godsmack pulled this album off. Worth a listen. Nice review.

Cravinov13
July 21st 2006


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like listening to this sometimes caus eit's just so calm and relaxing.

jason_f90
December 1st 2006


203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

As mentioned above this is some very impressive acoustic remakes. I particularly like "Re-Align" and how they did the solo in acoustic.

godLike
December 1st 2006


126 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not bad, but unimaginative and bland IMO. Nonetheless best Godsmack record.

Slaytan
December 3rd 2007


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I have to say that I rather enjoyed this EP. For the most part I find Godsmack boring and repetitive, but I really liked this.

Omnisonic
January 11th 2008


119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The remake/re-done songs on this album aren't that good in my opinion but the originals are excellent.

Omnisonic
January 14th 2008


119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't really think they're all that bad; I just think "Running Blind", "Touché" and "Choices" are the standout tracks.This Message Edited On 01.14.08

Poet
January 14th 2008


5935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best on here are Running Blind and Asleep.

skullcrusher149
January 27th 2008


560 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Asleep acoustic is pretty good TBH.

Flyboy
January 27th 2008


395 Comments


What a blatantly obvious rip-off of Jar of Flies. 7 tracks and "Running Blind's" bass line sounds an awful lot like "I Stay Away" by AiC. I can't believe this band got so big by basically copying Alice and Chains. They aren't even original at all... this band is an abomination.

Poet
January 27th 2008


5935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

LOL@your rants

Godsmack is a solid band.



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