Divisionby 10 Years
Knoxville, TN, alt-metal act 10 Years made their major-label debut with 2005's The Autumn Effect, an effort much beholden to the likes of Tool and Staind, and the album scored a big radio hit with the single "Wasteland." Reportedly recorded in a fractious intra-band environment (hence the title), Division sounds like the work of a band that carefully and thoroughly deconstructed its previous hit and attempted to replicate it several more times for the follow-up. Division is a smooth, radio-friendly record featuring new producer Rick Parashar's glossy layers of instruments and vocals. Occasional moments also suggest that the bandmembers now consider themselves "artists": the coda of "Picture Perfect (In Your Eyes)" is nearly as long as the body of the song itself, and features a spoken word poem read by one of the album's female backing vocalists. Division may well have the intended effect of prolonging the band's chart life, at least temporarily.
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Performance Credits10 Years Primary Artist
Alaina Alexander Background Vocals,Spoken Word
Technical CreditsDean DeLeo Composer
Rick Parashar Producer
Travis Wyrick Composer
Christian Mock Engineer
10 Years Composer
Brian Vodinh Producer
Rich Parashar Audio Production
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I became acquainted with 10 Years with their singles on the radio and I'd enjoyed them for ages. It was not until recently that I purchased their albums, both of which were fantastic trades for a relatively small amount of money. I strongly feel that Division shows 10 Year's growth in their music. While The Autumn Effect was a great album, Division has more of an edge, which, to me, is always welcome when not in excess. My favorites include " Russian Roulette" (if it were any more emotional on Hasek's part, he'd just be shouting at you. sorry, Mr. Mason) and " Focus" , a heart-swelling and dancing song that I can listen to over and over again. Just today, I've probably listened to Russian Roulette 10 times, I enjoy it that much. It is rare that a critic really knows anything and the review for Division certainly shows this. I find the CD to be immensely enjoyable and I already look forward to what 10 Years comes out with next.