Having a wife and three children, Andrew Edmonds knew that he would have to chip away at his album From the Other Side. It took him two-an-half years but he eventually completed what he started. The album was mixed and recorded by Edmonds and while a little shy of commercial radio ready quality has a full sound.
From the Other Side isn’t an album that is reinventing the wheel of experimenting with inventive techniques. It’s a pretty straightforward rock album with solid songs. That’s really it in a nutshell.
He opens with the title track which is a highlight. The song has a lot of energy and has a bit of a Pink Floyd vibe. This song has more distortion than most Pink Floyd songs but the vocal delivery along with the delay creates a familiar sound. The song is catchy but not really a pop song. It features a long outro of lead guitar.
Up next is “Same words, Different order” which is a straightforward rock song with a catchy vocal melody and a memorable bass line. The band Blur actually came to mind on this song. Blur didn’t come to mind on “Miss Reliable” which felt like a slice of Americana down to the guitar solo.
“Song for no-one” is a slower rocking ballad but arguably the most emotionally resonant song on the album. I thought his vocals especially good on this song. The music more or less serves the vocals on this song.
The centerpiece of the album is “Windowsill” which is seven-plus-minutes long. The second half of the song is all about lead guitar. This is where Edmonds really flexes his lead guitar skills. Very Freebird-esque.
My personal favorite track was the closer “Tears on the wind” which again has a bit of a Pink Floyd vibe. The song is simple but I liked the contrast of the organ against the guitar progression. Good stuff.
From the Other Side isn’t perfect but it's a solid album and Edmonds should be proud of it. Even though the songs weren’t bursting with innovative ideas the songs were easy to appreciate. Recommended.
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