Honestly, when i first heard “Beautiful” months and months ago i was a little skeptical. The song for a while just sounded a little boring and bland… but over time i grew to really appreciate the message and overall vibe the song presents. When i bought the album and as soon as i gave it 1 listen through… i was sold. It was well worth the long wait that i was extremely anxious for. The cd takes you on a journey from start to finish, through the diversity this album presents. Jesse Hasek’s voice and lyrics are astounding and extremely inspiring. This record has really made me look at my own songwriting skills in a different way. Easily one of my favorite cd’s ever. I don’t think i will be able to ever pick out favorites from the album i love them all!
Creativity isn’t manufactured on an assembly line. It can’t be scheduled or forced and when it’s not coming there’s nothing to do but wait. That’s what the members of Knoxville, Tennessee quintet, 10 Years, discovered when they started writing songs for their second album, Division, the follow-up to their debut The Autumn Effect. Having spent the better part of two years on the road, the band members planned in October 2006 to take a month off and then dive back into writing mode. They aimed to re-enter the studio in early 2007 and have their second album done by that spring. But just a few weeks after they started coming up with riffs and melodies, it became clear they were going to have to throw away the calendar. ”We could have met our deadlines and gone into the studio in January,” clarifies singer Jesse Hasek. ”But we decided early on that we weren’t going to allow ourselves to run through the motions. We felt like we really needed to challenge ourselves and do something fresh and different. And that took a little longer than we expected.” As it turned out, Division was well worth the wait. Musically eclectic, technically adept and emotionally poignant, the songs shatter preconceptions, revealing a tapestry of previously unexplored influences and a larger array of stunning melodies. Like The Autumn Effect, the new album is filled with enveloping textures and heart-stopping dynamics, but the arrangements are more developed and the songwriting more mature, revealing a cavalcade of styles including metal, hard rock, punk, alternative pop and even classical.
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Division is one of the most perfect cd’s I have ever heard. From start to finish I was amazed at the musicianship and Jesse’s vocals. The stand out tracks for me are 11:00 AM DayDramer, Russian Roulette, Just Can’t Win, Picture Perfect, and All Your Lies. Check out So Long, Goodbye, it is the most beautiful song they have ever written. Before listening to it I didn’t know what to expect and I was hoping it was going to be as good as the Autumn Effect, but I was amazed and I like it better. If you like 10 years or just appreciate music, buy this!!!!
Just saw this band at Rock on the Range and I have to say, they were fantastic. I had never heard of them until I saw their name in the lineup and I’m really glad I didn’t miss them. Their sound is heavy but melodic and well written. I highly recommend this band and hope that they overcome their underrated status because they are very much deserving. Phenomenal overall production and now that I’m on board as a big fan, I’ll be spreading the word as well. Check these guys out! You won’t be disappointed!
First of all, these guys are extremely underrated. Not many people have heard of 10 years and that is a shame because they write damn good music. Division is on the softer side when compared to their debut, but the songs are written very well and they are very deep. There are alot more acoustic and clean-toned interludes on this album than previously, but I would not say that is a con. The lyrics are amazing and that is to be expected, Hasek really knows how to write powerful and rich lyrics. The production on the album is also amazing. Great record! A must have!
I have written a couple of reviews for other albums on here, and I am amazed at the incredible brililance and quality of some (Alter Bridge- Blackbird; Hurt- VOl. II), but not all, of the rock released over the past 12 months out. Division from 10 years is quite simply, astounding.
I am not even quite sure how to articulate how good Division is, other than to say that it is so complex, layered, emotional, and brilliant, that it would just make me downright sick to my stomach if this album does not become an essential rock album for every single person in America who calles themselves a hard rock fan. I don’t know what is happening to rock in America- it seems like albums such as Division should sell 20 million copies given it’s quality, but I don’t know. I certainly hope it provides big success for the band.
For anyone remotely considering purchasing this album, By all means, please purchase it with all deliberate speed, and listen to it a few times. let it sink in. You will find that songs you initially thought were brilliant, stay that way, and get better, and other songs on the album that you might not have thought were brilliant initially, will envelop you with the layers, textures, and soaring vocals, and will stay with you all day and night. It is exactly what happened to me. Into my third listen, I just opened my eyes, and said, “This is brilliant.” I honestly believe that you will be grateful that you got it. I have said this before about some other albums, major marketing muscle needs to be put behind this album- the label needs to make an investment here. People need to be exposed to this band.
Thank you all for reading, and i hope you enjoy Division as much as I did.