The Other Side (Tonight Alive album)

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The Other Side
Studio album by Tonight Alive
Released September 6, 2013
Recorded Summer 2012,[1] Coffs Harbour, Australia
Genre Pop punk,[2][3][4] pop rock,[5] alternative rock,[4] emo pop[6]
Length 39:52
Label Sony Music Australia, Fearless Records, Search and Destroy Records
Producer Dave Petrovic
Tonight Alive chronology
What Are You So Scared Of?
(2011)
The Other Side
(2013)
Singles from The Other Side
  1. "The Ocean"
    Released: June 24, 2013
  2. "Lonely Girl"
    Released: July 31, 2013
  3. "Come Home"
    Released: September 20, 2013

The Other Side is the second full length album by Australian pop punk band Tonight Alive. It was released on September 6, 2013 on Sony Records Australia, in Europe and the UK on September 9, and September 10 in the US through Fearless Records as well as Japan on September 11.[7]

On July 31, 2013, the band revealed the track listing on their Facebook page. "The Ocean" was released as the album's first single to digital outlets and YouTube preceding the album. "Lonely Girl" was later made as an instant download for those pre-ordering the album through iTunes.

After playing a few dates in Australia in May for the first time in a year, Tonight Alive came back in support of the new album, also performing two Rolling Stone Live Lodge acoustic shows in Sydney. They are also on the lineup for Warped Tour Australia 2013.

The Other Side debuted at No. 5 on the Australian ARIA albums chart, No. 43 on the US Billboard 200 and No. 59 in the UK.[8] It received positive reviews from critics, with praise for the album's direction and musicianship.

Background[edit]

Vocalist Jenna McDougall spoke to Alternative Press about the record:

"There are definitely some sad songs on the album, and I think there are a few heartbreakers, but there are also songs like 'The Fire' that's a super-liberating, empowering punk song. I'm so proud of that song because the lyrics are really passionate, affirmative and positive, but the music is really aggressive. [...]
"We are quite, not a bipolar band, but I think this album is really about finding our sound but at the same time also accepting that we don't have one particular sound. Not all our songs are going to be the same, and you can't put them under the same umbrella. Some of them are poppy, some of them are really heavy and some of them are somewhere in the middle. We found a balance on this record, and I'm proud of that because I think it's just being true as human beings. You can be at both ends of the scale."[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
Alternative Press 3.5/5 stars[10]
Alter the Press! 5/5 stars[11]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars
Mind Equals Blown 8.5/10 stars[12]
Rock Sound 8/10 stars
Under the Gun Review 8/10 stars[13]


Rob Foster of Kill Your Stereo reviewed the album positively: "The Other Side isn't just a step in the right direction. No, it's miles further than that. This is certainly the most accomplished thing Tonight Alive have released in their career yet, and frankly, given the quality of their previous releases, that says a lot. Tonight Alive are an excellent representation of Australian music in the international market, and 'The Other Side' backs that up magnificently."[14]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jenna McDougall and Whakaio Taahi, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "The Ocean"   3:01
2. "Don't Wish"   3:51
3. "Lonely Girl"   3:11
4. "Hell and Back"   3:24
5. "The Other Side" (McDougall, Taahi, Mark Weinberg) 3:40
6. "The Fire"   2:47
7. "Complexes"   4:08
8. "Come Home"   3:27
9. "Bathwater"   3:12
10. "No Different"   2:37
11. "Say Please"   3:14
12. "You Don't Owe Me Anything"   3:20
Total length:
39:52

Japanese bonus track
13. "Breakdown (feat. Benji Madden)"[15]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview: Tonight Alive [May 2014] - Punktastic". Punktastic.com. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  2. ^ ALBUM REVIEW: TONIGHT ALIVE - THE OTHER SIDE (2013 LP) theaureview.com. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  3. ^ Review: Tonight Alive – The Other Side www.fortitudemagazine.co.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2014
  4. ^ a b Tonight Alive – The Other Side killyourstereo.com. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  5. ^ TONIGHT ALIVE – THE OTHER SIDE: ALBUM REVIEW iodobi.com. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  6. ^ a b c The Other Side at AllMusic
  7. ^ "Fearless Records". Fearlessrecords.com. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Tonight Alive debut in top 10 killyourstereo.com. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  9. ^ “Listeners need to know that even an artist is human:” Jenna McDougall on Tonight Alive’s new album. Alternative Press. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  10. ^ Lucy, Evan (2013). "Tonight Alive – The Other Side". Alternative Press (Alternative Press Magazine, Inc.). October 2013 (303): 82. ISSN 1065-1667. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ Catalano, Gina (2 September 2013). "ATP! Album Review: Tonight Alive - The Other Side". Alter the Press! (Spin Media). Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  12. ^ Ballard, Joe (9 September 2013). "Tonight Alive: The Other Side". Mind Equals Blown. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "REVIEW: Tonight Alive-'The Other Side'". Under the Gun Review. September 6, 2013.  |rev8 = Music Mayhem Magazine |rev8Score = 5/5 stars
  14. ^ "Tonight Alive – The Other Side". Killyourstereo.com. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "JB Hi-Fi - Other Side (Japanese Import Edition) TONIGHT ALIVE". Jbhifi.com.au. Retrieved 14 October 2014.