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The Shadow Side is the debut studio album by American singer Andy Black. It was released on May 6, 2016, on Lava and Republic Records.

The Shadow Side
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 6, 2016 (2016-05-06)
Recorded2015–2016
StudioFoxy Studios
(Woodland Hills, California)
Genre
Length49:26
LabelLava, Republic
ProducerJohn Feldmann, Ricky Reed (track 2)
Andy Black chronology
The Shadow Side
(2016)
The Ghost of Ohio
(2019)
Singles from The Shadow Side
  1. "We Don't Have to Dance"
    Released: March 18, 2016

The album was produced by John Feldmann and marks the departure of Black's hard rock musical style as the frontman of Black Veil Brides in exchange for more pop influences. It features guest performances from Quinn Allman, Rian Dawson, Ashton Irwin, Juliet Simms, Matt Skiba, and Gerard and Mikey Way.

Background and productionEdit

Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack debuted his solo pseudonym project under the name Andy Black with the song "They Don't Need to Understand" releasing in May 2014.[6] Black began to record the album in August 2015 alongside producer John Feldmann.[7] Throughout the recording process, Black often teased the upcoming album on social media with images of Black alongside well known rock musicians including Patrick Stump and Gerard Way.[7][8]

In an interview with Kerrang!, Black commented on the musical style of the album.

"I think my intention for this was to go as far in the other direction as possible. Sonically, the goal was to really play with music and a lot of different stuff, to have a lot of odd instrumentation and to have a lot of programmed stuff, keyboards and more classic, almost pop-rock guitar."[9]

While Black was recording the album, he also intended to record the next Black Veil Brides album, later resulting in writing about 45 songs for the solo project.[7]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic83/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
Alternative Press     [1]
Kerrang!4/5[11]
Paste7.9/10[5]
Rock Sound8/10[12]

The Shadow Side has received positive reviews from music critics. It holds an average score of 83/100 on Metacritic, indicating "positive reviews".[10] Rock Sound described the album as being "full of bombastic alt-pop". Alternative Press writer Ryan Downey commented that Black "chases his dark muse against a cinematic backdrop of impressive pop 'n' roll on The Shadow Side", also writing that Black sounded "confidently in charge" despite the large number of collaborations with known rock artists on the album.[1] At the 2017 Alternative Press Music Awards, The Shadow Side was nominated for "Album of the Year", and lead single "We Don't Have to Dance" was awarded "Song of the Year".[13]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Homecoming King"
4:56
2."We Don't Have to Dance"
3:14
3."Ribcage"
  • Cervini
  • Pauling
  • Biersack
  • Feldmann
  • Allman
  • Wilcox
3:51
4."Stay Alive" (featuring Matt Skiba)
  • Cervini
  • Pauling
  • Biersack
  • Feldmann
4:08
5."Love Was Made to Break"
3:25
6."Beautiful Pain"
  • Biersack
  • Feldmann
  • Cervini
  • Pauling
3:33
7."Put the Gun Down"
3:46
8."Drown Me Out"2:52
9."Paint It Black"
4:13
10."Break Your Halo"
  • Cervini
  • Pauling
  • Biersack
  • Feldmann
  • B. Madden
3:31
11."Louder Than Your Love"
3:31
12."Broken Pieces"
  • Biersack
  • J. Madden
  • B. Madden
  • Feldmann
  • Allman
3:36
13."The Void"
  • Cervini
  • Pauling
  • Biersack
  • Feldmann
  • McKee
  • Hudson
4:50
Total length:49:26

PersonnelEdit

Adapted from album booklet notes[14]

Musicians

  • Andy Black – primary artist
  • John Feldmann – backing vocals; keyboards (tracks 1–3, 10 and 11); guitar (tracks 1 and 2)
  • Zakk Cervini – guitar; keyboards (tracks 1–3, 5–8 and 10–13); bass guitar (tracks 1–4, 9 and 12)
  • Matt Pauling – guitar; keyboards (tracks 1, 3, 5–8 and 10–13); bass guitar (tracks 1, 7 and 13)
  • Peter "JR" Wasilewski – horn (tracks 1 and 13)
  • Simon Wilcox – backing vocals (track 1)
  • Juliet Simms – backing vocals (tracks 1, 3, 8 and 13)
  • Ashton Irwin – drums (tracks 1–4, 6 and 12)
  • Ricky Reed – guitar, programming, synthesizer (track 2)
  • Mikey Way – bass guitar (tracks 2 and 11)
  • Quinn Allman – guitar (tracks 2, 3 and 12); keyboards (track 12)
  • Matt Skiba – guest vocals (track 4)
  • Rian Dawson – drums (tracks 7–9 and 13)
  • Dean Butterworth – drums (track 11)
  • Gerard Way – backing vocals (track 11)

Production

  • John Feldmann – production, additional mixing
  • Ricky Reed – production (track 2)
  • Zakk Cervini – mixing, engineering
  • Matt Pauling – engineering
  • Manny Marroquin – mixing (track 2)
  • Ethan Shumaker – engineering (track 2)
  • A&R – Ryan Silva

ChartsEdit

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 23
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[16] 62
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 85
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[18] 182
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[19] 33
Italian Albums (FIMI)[20] 99
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[21] 33
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[22] 66
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[23] 75
UK Albums (OCC)[24] 16
US Billboard 200[25] 22

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Downey, Ryan (May 6, 2016). "Andy Black The Shadow Side". Alternative Press. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  2. ^ Childers, Chad. "Black Veil Brides' Andy Biersack Announces Andy Black 'The Shadow Side' Album + 2016 North American Tour Dates". Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  3. ^ "Album Review: 'The Shadow Side' by Andy Black". The Soundboard. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Exposito, Suzy (May 11, 2016). "Andy Black, Black Veil Brides Frontman, on His All-Star Synth-Punk Debut". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Rosner, Ben (May 12, 2016). "Andy Black: The Shadow Side Review". Paste. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  6. ^ Carter, Emily. "Andy Biersack Streams First Song from Solo Project Andy Black". Kerrang!. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c Sharp, Tyler. "Andy Biersack recording with Patrick Stump, the Used's Quinn Allman". Alternative Press. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  8. ^ Chatterjee, Kika. "Gerard Way, Mikey Way team up for new Andy Black track—hear teaser". Alternative Press. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  9. ^ "Black Veil Brides Frontman's Andy Black Project To Release 'The Shadow Side' Album in May". Blabbermouth. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Reviews for The Shadow Side by Andy Black". Metacritic. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  11. ^ Kerrang! Magazine (30 April 2016 ed.). Kerrang!. p. 66.
  12. ^ Lloyd, Gav. "Andy Black – 'The Shadow Side'". Rock Sound. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  13. ^ "And the winners of the 2017 APMAs are... - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. July 17, 2017. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  14. ^ The Shadow Side (booklet). Andy Black. Lava/Republic. 2016. 02557 01349 8.CS1 maint: others (link)
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  23. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Andy Black – The Shadow Side". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  24. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  25. ^ "Andy Black Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 June 2018.