Rock solid Okies the Great Divide, together 10 years while lesser acts have come and gone, follow their top-notch Afterglow with another champion effort.

Rock solid Okies the Great Divide, together 10 years while lesser acts have come and gone, follow their top-notch Afterglow with another champion effort. Remain finds the quartet in a stylishly guitar-driven mind-set; the pulsing "Fly On" is Petty-esque in theme and tone, and "Lost in the Night" is a winner with crisp acoustics, winning Mike McClure vocals, and small-town romanticism. Elsewhere, the Divide rock out on "Gypsy Steel" and torch-twang admirably on "If Not for You." They also offer subtle introspection in "Other Side of Midnight," reach extraordinarily funky slacker heights on "Bummin' Around," then startle with the soulfully poetic "Moon is Almost Full" and rollicking domesticity of "Mary Hold On." This is one fantastic record, begging the question: Why aren't these guys stars?—RW