The Top 40 title track got Sweathog some chart action in When your drummer and a guest pianist by the name of Michael Omartian have more recognition, it is clear it will be an uphill climb. For the times, though, heartfelt songs like "In the Wee Hours of the Night" needed a strong personality fronting the group.
Goldsmith performing Joe Cocker's "Ride Louise Ride" or Sanford Townsend Band material makes for a solid outing, but not the additional hit singles this group needed to amass a following. Great music, stirring performances, it's just that the world wasn't quite ready for Three Dog Night meets the Allman Brothers Band.
The Witch Queen of New Orleans. Lolly Vegas. Don't Say You Don't Remember. Johann Sebastian Bach. Precious and Few. Walter Nims. Softly Whispering I Love You. Son of My Father. In a live review of a Lenses of Contact show, Billboard stated "while her former band was sometimes categorized as new age , progressive , or art rock because of its classical leanings, the solo Fahl has her feet firmly planted in classic rock, pop, and folk terrain.
The New York Press wrote the EP "makes us embarrassed for both the mincing stampede of girl singers on the charts and for Fahl herself, who actually cares enough to sing, literally, from her guts, while daringly carving every phrase into dizzying terrain. She shares writing credits on 12 of the 14 tracks on album. Two songs on the album featured prominently on soundtracks.
Fahl wrote her lyrics to "The Dawning of the Day" to honor firefighters who died in the September 11, , attacks. Overall, The Other Side of Time met with largely positive reviews. Somewhat unwieldy, but always interesting. More filmmakers should pay attention to the vocal talent on display in this CD.
A live Boston Globe review from August stated "Fahl has a voice for the gods. It is a compelling operatic pop instrument that can transport listeners to other realms. Usually such stylized music doesn't lend itself to variation Fahl broke free of all stylistic restraints. A July review stated that Fahl is "Most certainly an Artist of the highest caliber," and "this is not rock and roll. No dance moves or funky grooves, either.
She is unlike any other popular performer today. Her lyrics are deeper and richer, like a Marc Cohn or a less self-involved Joni Mitchell. Her voice is a real treat, though.
It is a force of nature, pulling you along as she rages against the heavens in full throttle; or softly, intimately singing to a private part of your soul that only she knew was there. All-Music Guide praised her past work with 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.
Doyle also provided nearly all of the instrumentation. Publication Nippertown referred to the album as "mindblowing,"  while The Morton Report called it "brilliant" and "a worthy re-interpretation not to be missed. It was released on October 2, Kubian composed the piece with Fahl's voice in mind, and the vocal part features select lines from Shakespeare's play.
The premiere performances was very well received, and met with positive reviews in the press. From Broadway World publication: "The overall composition is dramatic with flurries of vibrant musicality especially among the violins and brass. Mary Fahl has a dramatic, beautiful voice. Hallelujah Darker Side Working My Way Back Home In the Wee Wee Hours of the Night When your drummer and a guest pianist by the name of Michael Omartian have more recognition, it is clear it will be an uphill climb.
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