Scott Stapp - The Great Divide

Published Wednesday 9th January 2008
Scott Stapp - The Great Divide
Scott Stapp - The Great Divide

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Reviewed by Tony Cummings

The former Creed singer sold a bucketload of albums with his previous band although they never managed to win the affection of rock critics. During the Creed era Stapp denied having a Christian faith though intriguingly after he went solo and released this album, he went on record with the Christian press to explain that he was definitely a believer in Christ. Was it spiritual change or desperate self-serving marketing? I'm still not sure although reports of bar brawling and drunkenness prove that Stapp continues to fight his personal demons. As it turned out, this album, although not doing particularly well in the mainstream market, contains some hugely powerful performances. The impassioned "Justify" has already been a major turntable hit on Cross Rhythms radio while the songs "Surround Me", "The Great Divide" and "Broken" are just as good. Throughout Stapp sounds wounded and seeking the comfort of his Saviour. We all need that kind of hope. Scott is supposed to be in the studio recording a follow up but maybe the time of superstardom has passed for the rock singer. All I can say is that anyone who has heard the powerful passion of "Justified" on Cross Rhythms radio will be forced to acknowledge that Scott is still a vocalist of very real emotional power.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 13:43 on Sep 1 2011

Less than a year after Creed's Greatest Hits was released, we hear Scott Stapp's first solo accomplishment in June 2005. I was watching gospel station, and lo, I see the video for " The Great Divide".
Scott still delivers a song with powerful vocals! great song to high-light the release of his solo debut. We have all been at Heaven's doorstep wanting answers time and time again. Again, Scott's inventive, deep, cut to the bone lyrics are found; especially on "Fight Song" (not a fan of the heavy metal sound though).
I love "Let Me Go" & "Sublime". Who cannot relate to "Surround Me"; we've all been down on our knees crying out before GOD. This collection of 10 songs ends with the mellower "Broken"; great song to close the set. Scott keeps pressing on, wtg Scott!
GOD Bless! - Don

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