"Divide" doesn't start out as radio-friendly Creed Junior, though: The screeching guitars, pounding drums and screaming vocals of album-opener "Reach Out" hint at a more aggressive approach. But it doesn't take long for "Divide" to settle into a more familiar sound. "Hard Way" follows Creed's formula of quieter verses paired with impassioned choruses, all delivered with Stapp's over-serious vocals. The title track could be the sequel to Creed's single "Higher," both sonically and lyrically, with Stapp's religious words ("You became my reason to survive the great divide/You set me free") linked to a blaring, dramatic guitar riff.
Such Christian lyrics frame "Divide" as a spiritual journey, with Stapp's struggle to make the right choices ("Justify") leading him to a triumphant proclamation of faith ("You Will Soar"). The album-closing ballad "Broken" pairs Stapp's confessional lyrics ("Yes I know what it feels like/to be broken and used/scared and confused") with the uplifting vocals of a backing choir to deliver one of the more overtly religious sounds of Stapp's career.
-- Catherine P. Lewis