The Other Side of Time

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The Other Side of Time
The artist, Mary Fahl, is sitting on the right side of the image staring off to the left of the camera.  Behind her is the blurred background of a green wall.  The artist and the title appear in yellow letters on the top left.
Studio album by Mary Fahl
Released May 27, 2003
Genre Folk, celtic, world
Length 61:21
Language English, Italian, Mozarabic
Label Odyssey
Producer Mychael Danna, Jeffrey Lesser, David Tickle
Mary Fahl chronology
Lenses of Contact
(2001)Lenses of Contact2001
The Other Side of Time
(2003)
From the Dark Side of the Moon
(2011)From the Dark Side of the Moon2011

The Other Side of Time is the debut solo album from the American singer-songwriter Mary Fahl, released on May 27, 2003[1] by the newly formed Sony Odyssey label.[2] The album reached #22 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #269 on Billboard'sTop Internet Albums.[3]

History[edit]

After performing as a solo artist in the late 90s and releasing the EP Lenses of Contact in 2001, Fahl was signed with Sony Classical.[4]

Upon finding out Sony Classical would be releasing the soundtrack to the film Gods and Generals, Fahl researched the story and wrote the song "Going Home" on speculation.[4]

Three of the songs from Lenses of Contact were featured in The Other Side of Time, and two songs would figure prominently on film soundtracks. "Going Home" appeared in the opening of Gods and Generals; the album's closing track, Fahl's version of the traditional Irish tune "The Dawning of the Day," was featured in The Guys, along with several reprises of the song.

The Other Side of Time showed some additional sides to Fahl's style, bringing in opera styles in "Una furtiva lagrima" and Middle Eastern influences in "Ben Aindi Habibi". These two tracks, which Fahl sang in Italian and Mozarabic respectively, were the first non-English language songs to appear on her records. "Ben Aindi Habibi" was a traditional kharja written in the 11th or 12th century.[5] Fahl said in an interview that she had discovered "Ben Aindi Habibi" while on tour with the October Project and considered it her favorite song on The Other Side of Time.[6]

In an interview with Liane Hansen of National Public Radio, Fahl stated that she performed these songs on The Other Side of Time because she was signed to a classical label and a pop label would not have let her make that type of record.[6]

"Paolo" was written in 1997,[4] one of the first songs she'd composed,[7] and is considered by Fahl to be the most autobiographical of her repertoire.[4]

"The Dawning of the Day" was written for the film adaptation of The Guys in honor of the firefighters who died in the September 11 attacks. The film's director, Jim Simpson, stipulated that the song sound like it was written 300 years ago. Fahl wrote the lyrics within the two-day deadline.[4] Fahl admits to being moved to tears while writing the lyrics.[7]

Fahl wrote her lyrics to "The Dawning of the Day" to honor firefighters who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks.[7] The song would later be performed by Ronan Tynan at the re-opening dedication for the Seven World Trade Center in 2006.[8]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[9]
Daily Vault B+[10]
Exposé (mixed)[11]
MusicTap 4/5 stars[12]
PopMatters (mixed)[13]

Overall, The Other Side of Time met with mixed reviews. Film Score Monthly called her "a brasher, more exciting version of Enya and Sissel" and concluded, "Mary Fahl, thankfully, is not your typical pop singer. Somewhat unwieldy, but always interesting. More filmmakers should pay attention to the vocal talent on display in this CD."[14] The All-Music Guide praised her past work with the October Project and her first solo EP but gave her only 2 out of 5 stars for The Other Side of Time, saying, "She still has the big voice, but she's opting for an easier course of being eclectic by tossing faint nods at different styles while trying to hew firmly to the center of the road.... This just ends up being a bland waste of a mighty talent."[15]

After listening to the first four tracks of the album, MusicTap's Matt Rowe described himself as "mesmerized," comparing Fahl's "entrancing voice" to that of Lisa Gerrard's of Dead Can Dance fame. He found the majority of the album rich with "philosophical lyrics" and "spiritual airing," calling Fahl a "unique talent" on a "quest for answers that emulate the basic need of man to know things usually beyond our understanding."

Track list[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "In the Great Unknown" Mary Fahl, Glenn Patscha, Byron Isaacs 4:41
2. "Going Home" Fahl 4:48
3. "Want To" Fahl, Scott Healy 4:32
4. "Ben Aindi Habibi" Aurora Moreno, Esteban Valdivieso 4:06
5. "Redemption" Ramsey McLean, Fahl 4:43
6. "Paolo" Fahl, Bob Riley 4:32
7. "Una furtiva lagrima" (from L'elisir d'amore) Gaetano Donizetti 3:49
8. "The Other Side of Time" Fahl, Stephen Schwartz 4:11
9. "Raging Child" Fahl, Riley, Joel Moss 4:25
10. "Annie, Roll Down Your Window" Fahl, Patscha, Isaacs, Jeffrey Lesser 3:58
11. "The Station" Fahl, Patscha, Isaacs 4:43
12. "Kindness Can Be Cruel" McLean, Fahl 4:18
13. "Dream of You" Fahl, Patscha, Isaacs 3:44
14. "The Dawning of the Day" (Lyrics by Mary Fahl) Irish Traditional 4:34

Personnel[edit]

Orchestra

  • Karen Milne
  • John Moses
  • Joe Passaro
  • Sue Pray
  • Jim Saporito
  • Laura Seaton
  • Kirk Worthington – cello
  • Dale Stuckenbruck
  • Maxine Roach
  • Sarah Adams
  • Rick Dolan
  • Richard Clark
  • Caryl Paisner
  • Belinda Whitney
  • Helen Campo
  • Ken Barward Hoy
  • Don McGeen
  • Xin Zhao
  • Adam Grabois
  • Laura Oatts
  • Stacy Shames
  • Larry Di Bello
  • David Earl Taylor
  • Shelly Holland-Moritz
  • Natalie Cenovia Cummins
  • Elizabeth Lim Dutton
  • Robert Bush
  • Leise Paer
  • John Miller – conductor
  • Mark Sherman
  • Martin Agee
  • Dennis Anderson
  • Randy Andos
  • Joseph Bongiorno
  • H. Robert Carlisle
  • Barry Finclair
  • Joyce Hammann
  • Karl Kawahara
  • Jeanne LeBlanc

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak Position
Billboard Heatseekers[3]
#22
Billboard Top Internet Albums[3]
#269

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mary Fahl: The Other Side of Time Product Information". Sony Masterworks. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Mary Fahl Biography". MaryFahl.com. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Other Side of Time Charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Mary Fahl Emerges". The Electric Review. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Sony BMG Masterworks". Mary Fahl: About. Archived from the original on November 9, 2006. Retrieved 14 December 2006. 
  6. ^ a b Fahl, Mary (3 August 2003). "Weekend Edition Sunday". National Public Radio (Interview). Interview with Liane Hansen. Washington, D.C. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c "Singer Mary Fahl". USA Today. 21 January 2005. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "The Voice: Linda Eder's Official Fan Newsletter". LindaEder.com. Summer–Fall 2006. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 
  9. ^ Nickson, Chris. "The Other Side of Time review". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  10. ^ Egbert, Duke (12 July 2003). "The Other Side of Time review". Daily Vault. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  11. ^ Chokey, Jim. "Mary Fahl – "The Other Side of Time"". Exposé. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  12. ^ Rowe, Matt (11 June 2003). "Mary Fahl – The Other Side of Time Music Review". MusicTap. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  13. ^ Su, Peter (11 September 2003). "Mary Fahl: The Other Side of Time". PopMatters. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  14. ^ "Film Score Divas –– Past, Present, and Future". Film Score Monthly. Retrieved 13 December 2006. 
  15. ^ "The Other Side of Time`". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 December 2006.