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The opening track of any album is often an indicator of a band's mindset, and the downbeat, piano-led introduction of Twin Atlantic's third album The Great Divide is laced with the lament and regret of an act disillusioned with growing up. Conversely, there is a sense of optimism in their singalong anthem "Heart and Soul," which blusters into an uplifting, stadium-sized rock song, taking its cues from '80s hair metallers Def Leppard in the midst of an album that runs hot and cold throughout. There is a clear indication that the Scottish outfit have shifted direction toward a poppier, cleaner sound in comparison to their 2011 release, Free (no doubt inspired by their arena shows with the likes of Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters, and Bruce Springsteen) — the Glaswegian quartet wrote much of this album in the back of a tour bus. The effects of their busy life on the road polarizes the overall feel of the record, which swings from the upbeat and booming "Fall Into the Party" to the longing and separation that underpins "Brothers and Sisters." Lead singer Sam McTrusty's uninhibited accent is genuine and refreshing, but even at his most earnest he's unable to save the soaring rock ballad "Be a Kid" from the tired clichés and simplistic rhyming lyrics employed, while the chest-thumping, youthful anthem "I Am an Animal" also slightly misses the mark. The restraint that holds together "Rest in Pieces" and "Oceans" calls to mind the emo-pop of late-Jimmy Eat World and Saves the Day, driven by the raw emotion and soaring guitar hooks that were the bedrock of their debut Vivarium. There's nothing groundbreaking about Twin Atlantic's high-energy rock anthems, nor their more reflective moments, and although the album at times borders on sounding contrived, there is enough desire and honesty to keep The Great Divide interesting. Their eyes are without doubt set on reaching mass audiences, where sold-out arenas full of avid fans beckon for their ambitious, radio-friendly, singalong rock. [A CD/DVD version added four bonus tracks and a making-of Great Divide DVD.]

Biography

Formed: March, 2007 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Soaring Scottish alternative rock outfit Twin Atlantic was formed in the city of Glasgow in 2007 around the talents of Sam McTrusty, Ross McNae, Barry McKenna, and Craig Kneale. Like Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday, and fellow Scots Biffy Clyro, the quartet specializes in stadium-sized, radio-ready emo-pop that dutifully walks the line between pained and majestic. The band released Vivarium in 2010, and followed it up with Free in 2011. The following year they were invited to play on the popular...
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