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"The Other Side" - Music Review

  • Anthony DeBarros CCM Magazine
  • 2004 28 Jan
"The Other Side" - Music Review

Artist:    Billy Ray Cyrus
Label:   Word

Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus’ first collection of songs for the Christian market bears that same husky twang that made “Achy Breaky Heart” and his debut album, "Some Gave All," a multi-platinum smash.

“Did I Forget to Pray?” and “Face of God” have a homey, confessional quality, while fans of story songs will enjoy the love-your-neighbor feel of “Wouldn’t You Do This for Me?” As a bonus, the cover of Bebo Norman’s “Tip of My Heart” features a guest appearance from ‘80s pop star Richard Marx.

But while Cyrus has probably never been in finer voice, the song arrangements are occasionally as vanilla as country music gets. Some rootsier elements — think Ricky Skaggs’ recent gospel work — could have added some additional vibe. But for country music fans, this album is a great addition to your collection. 

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