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Devin Townsend


Experimental/Post Metal

2.92 | 165 ratings

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2 stars I like this album. I really do. But it's just not that interesting.

Basically, what we have here is a one-dimensional, upbeat Strapping Young Lad album. Devin sings more, the lyrics aren't all angry, and there is a bit of musical progression to be found. The production is probably the weakest on any of his releases, and the sound dynamics are particularly uninspiring. A number of the songs, particularly the ones in the middle of the album, don't really have much standing out about them, though the beginning tracks and the final one are certainly worth hearing if you're a Townsend fan.

Of note are a few tracks. First, the opener Namaste blazes with speed and interesting melodies. Yes, Devin screams most of it, and yes, Devin screams most of it with a melody--an ability that as far as I've found is unique to him. Also, the track Material still stands to me as a very strong song. The first half seems mostly normal for a Devin song, with fast drums and guitars and a bit of roaring. However, the second part features some cheerful vocal harmonies and upbeat lyrics. The final song, Planet Rain, is the truly best song on the album. It's slow and churning for most of it, but Devin's voice, especially when he screams he's sorry, carries so much impact and emotion that it's very hard not to fall in love with the power of this one.

Overall, probably Devin's weakest solo release. Nevertheless, fan's of Devy will appreciate a few tracks, and fans of Strapping Young Lad might find a good segue into his solo stuff.

LiquidEternity | 2/5 |


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