"The Great Divide" (Wind-Up; 2005)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Scott Stapp, the voice of Creed, steps out from behind the mic as Creed's front man to bellow his own solo record. The first track sets the disc's tone for heavy guitars and thought-provoking lyrics, much like the credo of Creed before. Stapp relies on his personal struggles with faith to try and build a bridge across "The Great Divide," which is the title track and most played single to date.

"The Great Divide" flows along with much expectancy; those wanting the Creed sound won't be disappointed. Although some tracks could be plucked from "My Own Prison," Stapp almost tries to not sound like Creed's front man. He strains his voice to an almost Jim Morrison sound on the first track but does settle into his own skin later in the CD.

"The Great Divide" is not void of ballads/testimonies, possibly placed to bring in some listeners who might shy away from the distortion of the other tracks. I'm not sure if these songs will make to radio or not; someone's iPod might be the catalyst Stapp needs most.

The best songs here are "Reach Out," "Fight Song," and "The Great Divide."

Performing on "The Great Divide" are: Scott Stapp - vocals; Aristides Rincon - guitar; John Curry - guitar; Mitch Burnman - bass; Mark Archer - drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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