Album: Great Divide
Release date: 18/08/2014
Label: Red Bull Records
Twin Atlantic exploded onto the scene with tracks like ‘Free’, ‘Make a Beast of Myself’ and ‘Edit Me’ back in 2011, with their debut album ‘Free’ awarding them sold out headline tours and main stage festival slots, it seemed that Scotland had another band dominating the rock world.
Now, in 2014, finally the time has come, with the Scottish four piece releasing their second album ‘Great Divide’. With their debut album ‘Free’ claiming high positions in album of the year awards, it was certainly going to be a difficult task to replicate the quality they had displayed, and with the prolonged wait of three years, can ‘Great Divide’ surpass the success of ‘Free’?
The opening track hardly makes Twin Atlantic explode back onto the scene with ‘The Ones That I Love’ being a piano led ballad that only displays Sam Mctrusty’s quality, soulful vocal performance. The four piece’s first single from the album, ‘Heart And Soul’ starts to kick the album off, with a blues rock type guitar riff and a pop hook chorus, which displays some of the energy and passion we’re used to from Twin Atlantic, but hardly the hard hitting, squealing guitars, the four piece displayed in the past.
Tracks like ‘Brothers And Sisters’ and ‘Oceans’ show off the softer, side of the Scottish outfit, no doubt destined to be great sing along tracks live, but going back and comparing to the likes of ‘Crash Land’, it doesn’t stand up and reach the heights Twin Atlantic have reached before.
There are some aggressive tracks such as ‘Cell Mate’, ‘I Am An Animal’ and ‘Fall Into The Party’ that hit hard with the squealing, energetic guitars and screaming Scottish passion that grips you at times like their past material from ‘Free’ and ‘Vivarium’, but it still seems unimaginative at times, and a bit weak.
Although ‘Great Divide’ doesn’t hit you as hard as ‘Free’ or ‘Vivarium’, as a standalone album, it’s still a powerful rock album from a great band. The album is a lot more varied in song style, which results in a charming and honourable attempt. The ambitious effort from Twin Atlantic might disappoint the fans that loved the pure aggression and memorable punchy choruses the Scots began their career with, but the valiant, heart-warming album is worth respecting nonetheless.