The Great Divide (Music - Scott Stapp) It takes superhuman levels of concentration, but by ignoring the lyrics, one can appreciate Scott Stapp's solo debut The Great Divide for what it is:… The Great Divide (Music - Scott Stapp) It takes superhuman levels of concentration, but by ignoring the lyrics, one can appreciate Scott Stapp's solo debut The Great Divide for what it is:… 2005-11-22 Scott Stapp Rock
Music Review

The Great Divide (2005)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Nov 22, 2005; Lead Performance: Scott Stapp; Genre: Rock

It takes superhuman levels of concentration, but by ignoring the lyrics, one can appreciate Scott Stapp's solo debut The Great Divide for what it is: solidly built post-grunge for chest beating, fist-pumping, and beery sing-alongs. Stapp's new backup band is tighter than Creed was, ripping through thundering prog-metal with slick virtuosity (''Reach Out'' and ''Fight Song''). And Stapp certainly knows how to craft a ham-handed stadium anthem (the title tune). That said, is there a more self-important rocker out there? His Hallmark card clichés and dull portentousness weigh down every track.

Originally posted Dec 02, 2005 Published in issue #853 Dec 09, 2005 Order article reprints
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