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Great Divide Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 9, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mca UK
  • ASIN: B000002OZU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,006 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I got this album for $9 after I heard "If I Run" on the radio in 1996, and I've been a Semisonic fan ever since. About half the album is somewhat similar to "If I Run", which is a catchy little rock song it's tough not to like. I think "FNT" was on a movie soundtrack, and that's also a decent representation of what you can expect to hear on Great Divide.
The catchy, easy-going rock songs aren't the only reasons to get this album, though. Sometimes the band slows things down and just offers you a sad little love song or two. "Falling" may be my favorite song by the band, and other medium-paced songs like "Brand New Baby" and "The Prize" have grown on me enormously.
Great Divide is similar to Semisonic's more recent, first truly mainstream offering, Feeling Strangely Fine, which rode on the success of the single "Closing Time". I prefer Great Divide, but if you enjoy either album, you'll probably like the other one, too.
Semisonic get a little more excited on Great Divide, and it's a little rockier of an album -- possibly a better fit for fans who like "Closing Time" or "Singing in My Sleep" -- than Feeling Strangely Fine, but the band's style hasn't really changed.
Great Divide is an album that first caught me because I loved a few of the songs (If I Run, FNT, Down in Flames, Falling), but now it's an album I love because it really doesn't have any bad songs. My favorite albums are the ones I never use the forward button on, and Great Divide is one of those. The songs really grew on me, and the songs that didn't use to do much for me are now among my favorites.
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Great Divide has lived in my CD player for 8 years now, and I think it's safe to say that I'll never get sick of it at this point. The funny thing is that, the first few times I listened to it, only a couple of songs struck me. Of course, the scrumptious "oo-ooh!" chorus of Delicious grabbed me right away, and FNT sizzles with electricity from the first listen, but most of the songs seemed less stellar. That didn't last long though. These songs are my adopted babies now.

I hesitate to label an album that didn't crest 100,000 copies sold as the greatest album of all time, but I will at least say that Great Divide is by far the best car soundtrack I've ever heard. Roll down those windows and crank it up!! I'm getting an adrenaline rush just thinking about it.
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As a devout Semisonic fan, saying that 'Great Divide' is better than 'Feeling Strangely Fine' (one of the great rock albums of the 90's) is almost sacreligious, in a way. But I'm saying it. From the moment you first hear the opening lick to 'F.N.T.', you're sucked in for life. The whole album does that to you. I still don't know what my favorite song is, because they're all so good, but it's between 'F.N.T.', 'If I Run', 'Across the Great Divide', 'Falling', and 'In Another Life.' If you like your music with a beat that brings out the inner optimist in you, then buy this album!
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Why, if it's so great, am I holding back the remaining star? A valid question: this album, in effect one of the most assured debut efforts ever (not counting the band's Pleasure EP) is deserving of another half-star, it's true, but while Great Divide is frequently irresistible, it doesn't quite reach legendary status. That said, I've heard very few albums that are so consistently listenable on a repeated basis. I first saw Semisonic, so surprisingly without their registering a memorable impact upon me, when they led off for Aimee Mann on the I'm With Stupid tour in 1996, a few months before this record's release. So I didn't even realize at first who was making the sweet but chunky music issuing from my friend Dave's car speakers. After hearing "If I Run", I was useless, and as with Mann's "I Should've Known" from Whatever, went on to play it over and over and OVER again on the 100 - mile ride back home; in fact, in excess of 1,000 total airings to date - no exaggeration. As he was a drummer that occasionally gigged, it and the movie "Phenomenon" became forever associated with my late brother's tumor-related travails. For that reason alone, Great Divide will always hold a very special place in my heart. But there are a host of other pleasures to be had with this record, just a little better than Feeling Strangely Fine, its far more successful follow-up (indeed, combine the stellar moments of both - specifically, "Closing Time", "Built To Last", "Singing In My Sleep", "DND", "Never You Mind" and "This Will Be My Year" with "FNT", "If I Run", "Great Divide", "Down In Flames", Falling", "In Another Life" and "I Feel For You" - you'll have one of THE all-time best albums in any genre, guaranteed).Read more ›
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By snow47 on December 7, 2012
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Ha! I could not resist that title. There is a decent chance that this is the best album of its kind that you have never heard, and quite possibly the best of its kind period. The bottom line is that this is an absolutely irresistable (to me) set of incredibly catchy, brilliantly written, fantastically performed guitar-driven pop songs. The melodies and hooks are just deliriously good. Dan Wilson is one of the best songwriters around (he co-wrote Adele's "Someone Like You"), and his lyrics are just as good as the music that drives them. Semisonic is a three-piece band, and they sound great. Honestly, I would take pretty much any track off of Great Divide over "Closing Time" (from their subsequent album Feeling Strangely Fine, which is also very very good, while being more subdued and nightimey). I don't feel any shame in enjoying an album this catchy. It's rock band music, pure undadulterated pop, and brilliant songwriting all together. Highly recommended.
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