|The Other Side of Time|
|Studio album by|
|Released||May 27, 2003|
|Genre||Folk, celtic, world|
|Language||English, Italian, Mozarabic|
|Producer||Mychael Danna, Jeffrey Lesser, David Tickle|
|Mary Fahl chronology|
The Other Side of Time is the debut solo album from the American singer-songwriter Mary Fahl, released on May 27, 2003 by the newly formed Sony Odyssey label. The album reached #22 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #269 on Billboard'sTop Internet Albums.
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. 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.
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.
"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. Fahl admits to being moved to tears while writing the lyrics.
Fahl wrote her lyrics to "The Dawning of the Day" to honor firefighters who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks. The song would later be performed by Ronan Tynan at the re-opening dedication for the Seven World Trade Center in 2006.
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." 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."
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."
|1.||"In the Great Unknown"||Mary Fahl, Glenn Patscha, Byron Isaacs||4:41|
|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|
Musicians and vocalists
|Chart (2003)||Peak Position|
|Billboard Top Internet Albums|