Nisid Hajari
April 12, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Great Divide

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
MCA
genre
Pop

We gave it an B+

What distinguishes alternative power pop from plain old power pop? In the case of Great Divide, it might be the hip hometown (Minneapolis). Or the previous band (Trip Shakespeare). Or, most likely, the distortion and fuzzed vocals with which the trio Semisonic attempt to mask their happy, almost Beatlesque melodies. In other words, not much — which doesn’t lessen the enjoyment of these plump pop nuggets and ”na na na na” harmonies.

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