Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. While the instrumental augmentation in most of the songs is impressive, the setlist feels less immediate than the band's past work.
  2. This loosely associated collection of songs isn't even the logical extension of some of the more unwise artistic wanderings of Worlds Apart (2005).
  3. While the band once pushed forward with a strength that seemed to surprise even them, So Divided ultimately feels scattered and flaccid.
  4. It's hard to truly love a band that are so chameleonic that they sacrifice signature definition for adventurousness.
  5. It's all over the place, but it packs enough sweet noise manipulation and actual songwriting to get over.
  6. As with most things Trail of Dead, it's bloated where it thinks it's profound.
  7. Despite the impressive stylistic voices and rich production, there's ultimately something hollow around the project.
  8. So Divided is somewhere in between—something less than the bluster and chaos of the group’s major label debut, something more than the follow-up’s misguided pretension.
  9. Pick your adjective[:] Over-the-top, anthemic, epic.
  10. While they may never reach the heights of their Source Tags & Codes, the band can still push boundaries.
  11. Mojo
    40
    So Divided is less pompous, but the dynamic likes of Naked Sun and Stand In Silence barely atone for hamfisted stabs at chamber pop, country and The Cure. [Dec 2006, p.108]
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
  1. BobbyK
    Mar 19, 2007
    4
    A huge disappointment. Source Tags and Codes was perhaps their defining album, but I think that it made them want to try to push their A huge disappointment. Source Tags and Codes was perhaps their defining album, but I think that it made them want to try to push their boundaries even further. While Worlds Apart wasn't particularly great, it at least was fairly consistent and had some memorable moments. This album, on the other hand, finds Trail of Dead trying to be overly creative, making all the flourishes they add to their music sound excessive. It just seems like they're trying too hard to make something totally new, when in fact all they really need to do is expand on the stuff they made in works like Sources Tags and Elena's Tomb. "Wasted State of Mind" and "Eighth Day Hell" are really the only two tracks worth listening to, and even the latter sounds like a Beatles song with ultra-exaggerated British-accented vocals. Full Review »
  2. RalphP
    Mar 14, 2007
    1
    Its not even worth 1 dime. So mediocre and so lame.Get source tags and codes or Madonna. How dissapointing
  3. DTonning
    Feb 14, 2007
    1
    Absoulute shit compared to Worlds Apart. Not even worth mentioning in the same breath as Source Tags & Codes.