Album DescriptionThe Other Side of Something delivers something treasured and something new. On Sara's latest, she continues to deliver the thought provoking moments you expect while exposing you to a decidedly more upbest and bright approach.
Record Label Inotof
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 4.98" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.23 lbs.
Release Date Mar 23, 2004
Publisher PROVIDENT-INTEGRITY #1225
ISBN 0012268917 EAN 0000768291627 UPC 000768291627
This Should Be A Textbook On What Christian Music Should Be. Mar 13, 2007
This is the first Sara Groves project I listened to. I'm one who sometimes reads the reviews after listening to or reading or viewing the subject and compare notes, and I discovered that this may not be her best project. This project was enough to make me a Sara Groves fan, and put to shame over 90% of what is called Christian music today, and it isn't even her best project? Wow!
One thing I've been doing recently with various Christian projects is look at the lyrics. There are some that you know are talking to God because the 2nd person pronouns are capitalized, but "God", "Jesus", "Christ", "Lord", "Savior" and the like are rarely if ever used. On this project, Groves chose not to capitalize references to God, but it is more obvious who she is talking to than other modern recordings, and there is enough usage of the above words to move her lyrics from vague to clear.
Some songs nowadays are actually secular songs from a Christian perspective, looking at a life situation from the viewpoint of a person who just happens to be a Christian. Sara's personal songs come rather from realizing that the secular event is really as sacred as a "Christian" activity, and treats them as such.
One sign of an artist succeeding is, believe it or not, mixed reviews. If an artist is doing their job, they will not please everybody. They will surprise and maybe even disappoint some fringe fans who want the artist to re-do what they've always done. But while some may not like that work of art, others will appreciate the same work, whether they be new-comers to the artist, those who like the new direction better than the old, those who are eclectic in their tastes (that's me), fellow artists (I also resemble that remark) or those who are true fans of the heart in the artist as opposed to specific individual works.
I enjoyed several songs, such as "Jeremiah", "Compelled" and "Boxer". I also loved her arrangement of one of my favorite hymns, "Come Thou Fount". I know Christians who want artists to stick to the familiar (e.g. hymns, songs recorded by other artists that are over-played on the radio) instead of the lesser known or original compositions. As a result, some artists counsel others to mix songs by others or maybe a hymn to their original songs. This may be where Groves is coming from in including "Come Thou Fount". Or she may have just included one of her favorite hymns just because she loved that song. Either way, she makes the hymn her own.
Different but still good Jan 14, 2007
As previous reviews have mentioned, The Other Side of Something is not the typical Sara Groves sound, but, because she is so talented, it's still good.
She changed things up on this cd, and I'm a bit torn. She's got a wonderful voice and her lyrics always connect with me, plus I love it when any artist attempts to do something different. This time, though, I am having difficulty getting into the music as I usually do. Don't get me wrong, it is still very good. And even though it is not quite in line with my tastes, I am encouraged that Sara did something outside her "normal" stuff, because that makes me anticipate her future releases all the more. And, as a previous reviewer said, it grows on you. The more I listen, the more the intelligence, talent and grace of the artist shine through.
Two songs worth mentioning specifically, one for good and one not so good, are "Come Thou Fount" and "Boxer." Sara puts her own personal twist on "Come Thou Fount," modernizing it, but maintaining its beauty as an all-time great hymn. "Boxer" on the other hand, I just have to fast forward past; maybe it's me, but it's just too repetitive and (I really hate to say it) annoying. The rest of the cd is all good, but nothing in particular stands out one way or another - just standard, solid Sara Groves music.
Mature Christian Music Mar 3, 2006
I love this album because it reflects so much of my Christian walk. The doubts, the struggles with God, the joy and the sense of peace that all Christians face at some point or another. Sara is not afraid to write about real life and that is something I really applaud. There is really so much happy Christian music out there, that does not explore the darker issues of being a child of Christ - sure life is sweet in Christ but there are dark nights of the soul and I believe Christian music should reflect the whole spectrum. Jeremiah is a brilliant song in its simplicity and I love how the arrangement seems to build up in intensity as you listen to it, it's like a meditation on scripture. Sara manages to write melodies that aren't always conventional,like songs in a minor key for example, Jeremiah. The Other Side of Something is a beautiful upbeat song that lifts me up everytime I listen to it. I love this album a little more than Add To The Beauty. But both are excellent. Thank you Sara!
Gets Better Every Time Played Sep 27, 2005
Worth buying. Every time I listen to this CD I like it even more. The songs "Esther" and "What I Thought I Wanted" have planted provoking thoughts my mind that I'm blessed to entertain long after the music has left my ears.
Hasn't left my player yet! Aug 11, 2005
I have to admit, I was a little nervous perchasing this CD because of the mixed reviews I have read here and other places. I was very happily surprised. This CD maintains all the original integrity and depth of her previous CD's. The Other Side of Something earns 5 stars from me. The lyrics are bold and honest, the music is very catchy yet genuine. It is rare that I find a CD that I instantly like, but this is one of them. This CD is absolutely worth a listen.