No Other Name - THE OTHER SIDE REVIEWED IN WORSHP LEADER MAGAZINE NOV/DEC 2011
Being recognized with a New Artist of the Year Dove Award nomination before releasing a single project could foreshadow a "peak-too-soon." However, No Other Name should have no problems based on their first commercial release, The Other Side. Dove award-winning writer and producer Bernie Herms - noted for work with Natalie Grand and Casting Crowns - along with Jason Kyle and Blake Bollinger, collaborate to capture the trio (brother and sister Sam and Laura Allen, and Chad Smith) on guitar-driven worship and impeccable harmonies. Laura's vocal stylings and the beautiful piano arrangement on "Before I Go" will be a favorite for radio and worship leaders alike.
The a capella arrangement and harmonies of "Christ Arose" forced me to push the repeat button more than once, as I was overwhelmed with both the passion and reverence of such a thoughtful and jubilant testimony of the Savior. By the time I listened to the final song on the CD, "Midnight Cry," I must admit that I was caught off-guard by the realization that this was a live recording. I found myself applauding along with the audience as I found both encouragement and inspiration from this exceptional song. For those who like upbeat worship, "Even Angels" is noteworthy and again highlights the powerful lyrics woven throughout the album. No Other Name and this new release are worthy of accolades already noted and sets the stage for this side of heaven and much success to come.
WL Takeaway: The power of songs like "Before I Go" and "Let It Start With Me" combined with the amazing lyrics throughout, make The Other Side a must-have CD. The production quality and instrumentation are first class and the vocals are impeccable.
Playlist: "He's Alive," "No Other Name," "Even Angels," "Let It Start With Me," "Christ Alone," "Before I Go," and "Midnight Cry"