Andy Black
The Shadow Side


3.5
great

Review

by CaliggyJack USER (87 Reviews)
May 7th, 2016 | 117 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Better than it could have been.

I was wondering when Andy Biersack would call John Feldmann again. After all, he brought a spark of style to a band that was more known for mimicking other successful acts with not much in terms of identity. After Wretched and Divine, I began to see good potential in Black Veil Brides. However, this review is not about Black Veil Brides.

The Shadow Side is the debut album for Andy Biersack's Goth-Pop project Andy Black. It is a lot more designed for the mainstream than other music Andy is known for. One massive problem is in the lack of They Don't Need to Understand in the album. It was a beautiful track with great percussion and vocals and it is borderline criminal how it is not included in this album. Despite that, the album does contain other great singles like We Don't Have to Dance, a great pop track that mimics the general theme of They Don't Need to Understand, but has less instruments playing and relies much more on synths and beats. Stay Alive features Matt Skiba on guest vocals and has a much better flow to the whole song, there are no stiff rests and it runs along at a consistent pace which is nice.

Not everything on this album is good, however. Ribcage has a redundant production and lyrics that repeat themselves endlessly. Broken Pieces is too slow for the overall theme of the song and the choral chants are overused ad nauseum. Homecoming King tries way too hard with the over-dubbing and ends up sounding out of place. For a bunch of songs, it seems like many of the songs were just filler. If that was the case, perhaps this would have been better off as an EP, but I digress.

The Void has a great pace and piano segment, not to mention the random saxophone that is slightly distorted. I enjoy the lyrics which discuss marching through a void in our hearts without the need of the ones who put us there. One thing I will give John Feldmann props for is his liberal use of different instruments, a perfect example is Put The Gun Down which starts with different violins playing different parts at the same time while massive drums take control about thirty seconds down the line. Drown Me Out doesn't exactly have the best start, but it is a great track with a nice use of distorted vocals and drums.

The Shadow Side has more good tracks than it does bad. That doesn't end the nagging feeling that this was a severe case of wasted potential, with its production and the hype that Andy attempted to build over the course of months. Regardless, The Shadow Side is a great album that shows the more jovial side of Andy Biersack's musical tastes, and gives more content to his fans. Though, most likely diehard Black Veil Brides fans will be turned off by its mainstream production and lyrical content. In a sense, Andy Black is yang to Black Veil Brides' yin, but one could also say they compliment each other just as much as they oppose each other.



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Snake.
May 6th 2016


21702 Comments


inb4 horrible thread

Digging: Spielbergs - This Is Not The End

CaliggyJack
May 6th 2016


2826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

*sigh*



What can you do

Sinternet
May 6th 2016


19657 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Now, should I 1 this before or after i listen to it?

CaliggyJack
May 6th 2016


2826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

At least you are willing to give it a try.



You do you m8

Sinternet
May 6th 2016


19657 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Et tu, i'll give the review a read later

emester
May 6th 2016


8261 Comments


If you think this gonna get snide to come back...


...I hope to fucking god that it does not

CaliggyJack
May 6th 2016


2826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Still have no idea who that is despite everybody saying his name.



Is he a diehard Andy fan or something?

zaruyache
May 6th 2016


21014 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Is he a diehard Andy fan or something?



diehard Andy fan



Andy fan



You don't even know, man. You don't even know.

Digging: Imha Tarikat - Kara Ihlas

CaliggyJack
May 6th 2016


2826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh God, then please DON'T enlighten me.

Toondude10
May 6th 2016


13864 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

yeah he's pretty much the biggest BVB fan you'll ever hear of and everyone made fun of him because of it. it all went downhill from there.



at least that's the short version of it.



also totally forgot album this existed

Digging: Thank You Scientist - Terraformer

CaliggyJack
May 6th 2016


2826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've been following it for awhile. Since the idea of Andy delving into Pop interested me and I thoroughly enjoyed "They Don't Need to Understand".



Reminds me again of how stupid it is that song isn't on the album

zaruyache
May 6th 2016


21014 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

why listen to this when Nickelback have like ten albums tho

CaliggyJack
May 6th 2016


2826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Eeewwww Nickleback



Also Death, I agree completely. Standout track.

CaliggyJack
May 6th 2016


2826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Although my fav track has to be "The Void"

Green Baron
May 6th 2016


24584 Comments


We Don't Have to Dance is catchy, I'll give it that.

Cygnatti
May 7th 2016


32816 Comments


'Andy Black' is so much cooler 'Andy Biersack'

CaliggyJack
May 7th 2016


2826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Anything I think sounds better than "Biersack"

Sinternet
May 7th 2016


19657 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

urghh i tried to like this, i really did, but it feels so vapid and uninspired. None of the hooks are interesting as they sound super generic, and the lyrics sound like something I would have written in my journal when I was 13.



Decent review though, pos'd

Toondude10
May 7th 2016


13864 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

yeah I gotta say this isn't particularly unbearable. That being said though it's really nothing more than your typical pop rock album and we've had so many of those within the past two years already.

JigglyPDiddy
May 7th 2016


3431 Comments


Meh, this is as uninteresting as Andy's face. I was never on the hype train when it came to his looks either.



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