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DECONSTRUCTION (DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT)

Devin Townsend

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.86 | 360 ratings

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voliveira
4 stars 7.5/10

Deconstruction is Devin in your typical crazy, but I prefer what came before and after.

In Ki he was soft. In Addicted it was simple and straightforward. Now he is bold, crazy, preposterous, bipolar, funny - a man can gather so many facets within themselves? In the case of Devin Townsend, the answer is yes. There is much he got rid of drink and drugs, but that does not mean that his side "wild" died, and Deconstruction is proof of that. You liked Ziltoid? So will like this.

The problem is: I did not like Ziltoid.

But fortunately Deconstruction feels like an effort to top the alien's album, and that is why I give it a rating of four stars - rounded up. But if compared with ZTO was this album was better as compared to their predecessors Ki and Addicted it pales considerably. Both works reveal facets of Devin while known (Addicted to sent me Biomech and Terria) and new (Ki is the revelation of a mature side on the singer). With this new album he is showing that for which it is well known, but the lack of consistency in some parts and too much aggression and growling of his voice (as well as the guests, which includes Mikael ?kerfeldt and Ihsahn) is what I prevents giving a higher rank.

Still, I'm thankful that this man is able to amaze me. Consider: there are orchestral moments here (created in special programs by Devy) that fill well the overall sound. This is evident at the end of Planet of Apes and The Mighty Masturbator (indecent title and lyrics), which I might add are my favorite moments on the album, along with the opening Praise the Lowered (yeah, I have a weakness for battery and electronic effects). Even the concept of the album does not escape the creepiness: where else but an album this guy, you will find the story of a guy who can not eat a hamburger offered by Satan to be vegetarian, even if it means letting you know all the mysteries and secrets of the universe? Crazy, crazy.

At the time of writing this review I'm listening Ghost, and I'm increasingly sure that Deconstruction is the weakest album of the Devin Townsend Project. Yet it is a work that reflects the creative genius of that and that shows how far he can go.

voliveira | 4/5 |

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