Great Divide (1996) What distinguishes alternative power pop from plain old power pop? In the case of Great Divide , it might be the hip hometown (Minneapolis). Or… Semisonic Pop
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Great Divide (1996)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: Semisonic; Genre: Pop

What distinguishes alternative power pop from plain old power pop? In the case of Great Divide, it might be the hip hometown (Minneapolis). Or the previous band (Trip Shakespeare). Or, most likely, the distortion and fuzzed vocals with which the trio Semisonic attempt to mask their happy, almost Beatlesque melodies. In other words, not much — which doesn't lessen the enjoyment of these plump pop nuggets and ''na na na na'' harmonies.

Originally posted Apr 12, 1996 Published in issue #322 Apr 12, 1996 Order article reprints