The Other Side (Godsmack EP)

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The Other Side
EP by Godsmack
Released March 16, 2004
Recorded 2003
Genre Acoustic rock
Length 29:57
Label Universal, Republic
Producer Sully Erna, David Bottrill
Godsmack chronology
Faceless
(2003)
The Other Side
(2004)
IV
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[3]

The Other Side is an acoustic EP by the band Godsmack, released on March 16, 2004. It includes several previously released songs re-recorded as acoustic versions, as well as three new acoustic tracks.

One new song, "Touché", featured Godsmack's first guitar player, Lee Richards, as well as John Kosco, who were at that time in the now defunct band Dropbox,[4] The other two new acoustic tracks were "Running Blind" and "Voices" which are old songs that Sully Erna wrote but never recorded.[5]

The song "Asleep" is actually an acoustic, shorter and calmer version of "Awake" from the band's second album Awake.

Recording[edit]

According to Sully Erna, the band decided to do an acoustic record because they have always messed around with acoustic versions of their music and gotten great reactions to it. "Reworking the songs this way shows a different side of the band."[6]

The Other Side was recorded in a Hawaiian studio with producer David Bottrill, who has worked with the group on "I Stand Alone", and on their third studio album Faceless.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Running Blind"   Erna 3:59
2. "Re-Align"   Erna 4:23
3. "Touché" (featuring John Kosco and Lee Richards) Erna, Kosco, Richards 3:38
4. "Voices"   Erna 3:44
5. "Keep Away"   Erna 4:49
6. "Spiral"   Erna 5:21
7. "Asleep"   Erna 3:58
Total length:
29:57

Sales[edit]

The Other Side debuted at number five on the Billboard 200, selling 98,000 copies in its first week,[7] and the album would go on to sell over half million copies in the United States. The album has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with excess sales of 500,000 copies.[8]

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Certification[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[11] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Other Side - Godsmack". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ Richardson, Sean (2004-03-19). The Other Side Review. Entertainment Weekly. pp. 65–66. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  3. ^ Hoard, Christian (2004-03-24). "The Other Side : Godsmack : Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  4. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (2004-06-03). "Ex-Godsmack Guitarist Finds Second Act - News Story". MTV News. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  5. ^ "Discography - The Other Side". Godsmack - Discography. Retrieved 2007-11-10. 
  6. ^ a b Wiederhorn, Jon (2003-08-12). "Godsmack To Release All-Acoustic Album In November". Blabbermouth.Net. 
  7. ^ "Norah Still Tops On Billboard 200". Blabbermouth.Net. 2004-03-24. Retrieved 2009-01-23. [dead link]
  8. ^ "RIAA certification for Godsmack Albums". Recording Industry of America. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  9. ^ "The Other Side - Godsmack". Billboard. 
  10. ^ a b "Godsmack Alternative Songs Chart History". Billboard. 
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Godsmack – The Other Side". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH