Twin Atlantic - Great Divide

A further step towards the middle ground for the Scottish rockers...
Twin Atlantic - Great Divide

Following the promise of their spiky pop-punk mini-album ‘Vivarium’ in 2009, Glaswegian rockers Twin Atlantic took a step back with the stadium-filling riffs and faux-Americanisms of 2011’s ‘Free’.

Returning with the Jacknife Lee (R.E.M., U2) and Gil Norton-produced ‘Great Divide’, blues and glam-rock influences permeate their sleek, catchy arrangements and power-pop choruses.

However, lyrics like “I’ll stay young to be saved” (‘Be A Kid’) come across as self-indulgent and frontman Sam McTrusty’s reedy vocals get lost in menacing tracks like ‘I Am An Animal’.

It’s only the wistful ‘Rest In Pieces’ that proves that the band can be emotive and powerful without the overwrought production.

5/10

Words: James Evans

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