After nearly three years since alternative/powerpop band Twin Atlantic’s debut release, the group comes through to release their second album entitled Great Divide. As a result of increased festival exposure, touring with many big names in music and getting a solid radio hit under their belt, TA has experienced growth in their fan base which they deserve in their efforts. Twin Atlantic is a group of guys from the UK who just love making music and touring, and Great Divide is tangible proof of this.
After the piano-based ballad-style intro “The Ones That I Love” sets a very soft tone for the tracks to come, their hit single “Heart and Soul” begins to play. It has that quality to it that makes it seem like you’ve heard the song before, which I mean in the best way possible. The track will have you singing along to the chorus even if you don’t know all of the words to it yet. If the guys had radio hit on their minds, they definitely picked the right track to have that happen.
The momentum of the group continues to flow into the next track “Hold On”, which also has radio hit potential written on it. Vocalist Sam McTrusty knows how to use his vocal range to his advantage throughout the track, producing a sound that makes it worth coming back to for more. The track overall has great balance to it and brings out very strong qualities of all the members, making it one of the highlights of the album as a whole.
When “Oceans” begins to play, I’m sure all the people who were fans of the opening track will be very pleased. In regards to slower style tracks, this one resonated with me a bit more than “The Ones That I Love”. Though the track is a bit sappy, it’s still well constructed at its core. Some great symmetry is felt by the bandmates throughout the track, making it soothing to listen to and giving off a very mellow feel.
On the complete other end of the spectrum, “Cell Mate” is arguably one of the heaviest tracks on the album, but still seems to fit within their respected genre and doesn’t feel out of place. It has a classic rock feel in an odd way, but still has a modern twist to it that makes it Twin Atlantic’s own. Both “Cell Mate” and “Actions That Echo” are tracks that just possess a ton of energy, and make them instantly infectious.
Twin Atlantic seems to cover a fair amount of ground within their genre on the album, but I wouldn’t at all say they’re biting off more than they can chew. Great Divide possesses a healthy mix of sounds that make it so people with varying tastes can find something they appreciate on the album. Once you’re done being swooned by the band’s accents when they sing, and you look at Great Divide in its entirety, you’ll see that it possesses some quality tracks on it that Twin Atlantic should be proud of.