Scott Stapp - The Great Divide Album Review

Scott Stapp The Great Divide Album

Review of The Great Divide Album by Scott Stapp

Scott Stapp

The Great Divide

Album Review

With the insistent weight of Scott Stapp being "The Grammy Award winning voice of Creed" already pressing upon you before the CD hits the deck, coupled with the fact that even the cover features Scott singing in what we assume to be a suitably earnest fashion, it is no surprise to learn that this is all about "The Voice".

There is nothing wrong with music that features a distinct vocal characteristic. Alice in Chains' Layne Stayley, god rest him, added rich, harmonic beauty to the sound of AIC without dominating it. Sadly Scott Stapp makes exactly that mistake though, with the music taking a backseat to the vocals. It sounds as though the mix engineer (probably against his better judgement) has pushed that vocal fader just too far. The vocal is not only overly earnest, pretentiously tortured, and ridiculously cringe-worthy, it's also just too damn high in the mix.

Tearing your ears away from the voice to the songs, you find yourself in some sort of sub-grunge-lite world of mediocrity, as though you've discovered a big suitcase of Pearl Jam songs that even they wouldn't unleash upon the world. Hopefully this solo outing will quell any more desires within Scott to fill his lungs to this ridiculous extent.

Richard Edge




Site - http://www.scottstapp.com


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joandakota

Music is for the ears and voice is for the soul. Go a little deeper and reviewer might get a clue what Scott Stapp is all about. LOVE CREED, LOVE SCOTT STAPP, MAYBE BECAUSE IT'S EXACTLY THE SAME PERSON. Only Scott Stapp IS Creed. Musicians come and go. Obviously, so do friendships. (50 million CDs later, what happened to loyalty)PLEASE STOP COMPARING CREED TO PEARL JAM. Is Pearl Jam the only group on the plant allowed to have a lead singer with a deep voice??!! There are a lot of great groups out there with deep voiced lead singers, are they all trying to be Pearl Jam? Even the ones that came BEFORE Pearl Jam?

8 years 1 month ago
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Valerie

I believe Stapp did many of the songs on this CD in the first take to capture the emotion of the song. This CD isn't about sounding perfect or rehearsed, it's about honesty. He purposly simplified his lyrics this time around to make sure he was understood correctly.

8 years 1 month ago
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jasonism123

The reviewer, Richard, is a dick..a moron! yeah he obviously hates Scott, and likes Pearl Jam. FYI Richard, Scott will eat Eddie Vedder's heart out. I'm a pearl jam fan, but I only see little comparison on their voices. People always compared them, coz they don't listen that well. Richard, if you're reading this, just go fly a kite, and stop making biased reviews.

4 years 10 months ago
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dtencza

This is a pathetic excuse of a review written by someone who obviously hated Stapp before he "listened" to the CD. Looks like it is time to find a reviewer with an open mind and some basic talent for writing a review, both of which this reviewer lacked. The new Stapp CD is honest, soulful and very enjoyable.

8 years 2 weeks ago
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