BIFFY CLYRO clones Twin Atlantic are suffering from an identity crisis. Great Divide, the Scottish four-piece’s third studio record, continues their surge into the public consciousness – reaching number six in the album charts – but fails to set the pulse racing.
Their clean rock sounds, something more than a doff of the cap to the stadium anthems of their more popular countrymen, are enjoyable enough without feeling like they would merit sustained listening. The biggest problem is that it is fairly hackneyed. Opening track The Ones That Love drones on about the youth of today having lost their voice, while ballad Be A Kid drowns under lyrical clichés.
It is not for lack of effort. Single Heart And Soul is unashamed cigarette lighter fodder while there is something endearing about vocalist Sam McTrusty’s Proclaimers-style delivery. Great Divide appears caught between its influences, though. Rather than establish its own identity, it sits safely in the stereotypical rock genre. That’s not enough to keep it on the iPod for long.