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2.26 | 98 ratings | 5 reviews | 7% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Hummer (15:54)
2. Arc (23:02)
3. Consciousness Causes Collapse (6:38)
4. Equation (3:16)
5. The Abacus (8:02)
6. Cosmic Surf (16:26)

Total Time: 73:18

Line-up / Musicians

- Devin Townsend / writing, recording & producing

- Jeff Feinstein / flute

Releases information

Ambient music including samples of a Reading by Leonard Cohen from the National Film Board videocassette, The Tibetan Book Of The Dead, Part 2: The Great Liberation, Jodie Foster from the movie 'Contact', Lynn Sparrow from the Edgar Case video 'Meditation Made Easy' and Ravi Shankar.

Artwork: Konrad Palkiewicz

CD HevyDevy Records ‎- none (2006, Canada)

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DEVIN TOWNSEND The Hummer ratings distribution

(98 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(7%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(15%)
Good, but non-essential (23%)
Collectors/fans only (33%)
Poor. Only for completionists (21%)

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Review by TCat
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
2 stars This album is worlds apart from most of DT's other albums and is an entire spectrum separated from any of the Strapping Young Lad albums. This one is completely ambient and utilizes low frequency noises to create atmospheres of mostly electronic processed sounds. Don't expect any rhythm and the vocals here are spoken word or added as effects. As Devin himself said, this album is not for everyone. It was created as a sort of cooling down period for him, and it acts as a very meditative album for sure. It is relaxing and works fine as that sort of album. The soundscapes here approach the same ambience as the ambient droneworks of Bass Communion which is the side project of another excellent prog rock giant, Steven Wilson. The difference is that Bass Communion recordings, at least to some extent, have more of a meaning or direction overall.

These tracks on The Hummer are mostly uneventful, especially the first 2 very long tracks, the title track at over 15 minutes and "Arc" which is over 23 minutes long. Not much happens here, there is no percussion, only long drawn out drones or pitch sounds which build and ebb over their long durations. There are a few other added sounds such as morse code type sounds that add a timely element to the tracks, but don't do much to give it direction. This goes on for way too long. In comparison to the best Bass Communion tracks, at least they tend to have direction, some percussive noises and more variations in pitch. Track 3 on The Hummer is "Consciousness Causes Collapse" which actually has more action than the first 2 tracks starts out with a beautiful flute solo, which eventually gives way to electronc sounds again and a spoken word reading by Leonard Cohen of part of the Tibetian Book of the Dead. This works well enough and adds to the recording, but it is a long, long span to get to this point.

This music flows into a more structured track, the comparatively short "The Equation" which makes for a strong track, even though it still stays with the overall sound, it continues in a direction that was started in the previous track. "The Abacus" actually finally introduces some percussive sounds to the ambience which still doesn't distract from the meditative nature of the album, but actually adds more to the album and it actually becomes as interesting as the best Bass Communion works. Last of all, "Cosmic Surf" starts off interestingly enough, but soon descends to sounds of waves with very little else. Eventually some bad spoken word clips are thrown in talking about corny new age book of life topics and that just seals the fate of the album. Meditative, yes, but except for a few interesting shorter tracks that make up the middle part of the album, this is overly long and not good for much else but meditation. As good as other Devin Townsend albums are, it was expected that at least the ambient works would have been better than this, but overall, this is a disappointment. 2 stars only.

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
1 stars "The Hummer" is the eigth full-length studio album by Canadian artist Devin Townsend. The album was released through HevyDevy Records (Townsend´s own label) in November 2006. It bridges the gap between "Synchestra" from January 2006 (released under the The Devin Townsend Band monicker) and "Ziltoid The Omniscient" from May 2007, although Townsend, also found time to release the fifth and final Strapping Young Lad album "The New Black" in July 2006.

Stylistically "The Hummer" is one of Townsend´s out of number ambient/atmospheric releases and as such a follow-up album to "Devlab" from December 2004. Compared to "Devlab", the ambient/drone style of "The Hummer" is a bit less eventful. If "Devlab" wasn´t exactly a pleasant listening experience, at least it was dynamic with both mellow ambient moments and loud abrasive moments of ear torture (there was some tension there). "The Hummer" is more like one long and very dull ambient drone spiced up with some atmospheric synths. It´s predominantly very minimalistic and requires huge amounts of patience to sit through. The short flute part layered with creepy spoken word vocals which open "Consciousness Causes Collapse" is a rare occasion on "The Hummer", where my attention dosn´t wander. The slightly more loud and dramatic "Equation" isn´t enough to make me jump in my seat, but at least it shows an intent to create some dynamics. But after that we´re right back where we started...many, many minutes of slow building ambient drones which go nowhere.

I admit I had a hard time getting through "Devlab" and the idea of that album eludes me, but "The Hummer" is even more of a challenge getting through. It´s 73:27 minutes long, which already is a long playing time for any album, and when it´s an ambient/drone style album, where this little is happening, it becomes an almost excruciating task getting through it. A 1 star (20%) rating is warranted.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

Latest members reviews

2 stars 4.5/10 I have nothing against the ambient music, except for the fact that albums with that kind of sound risk be many boring. Even though this is the fault of Hummer, he still sounds a more "audible" than the hideous Devlab, it has to be the worst of all albuns of Devin. Well, 73 minutes o ... (read more)

Report this review (#837827) | Posted by voliveira | Sunday, October 14, 2012 | Review Permanlink

2 stars If ever there was an argument for breaking up the current configuration at PA and allowing bands to fit into multiple genres, the Hummer would probably be it. I can't think of a single album quite as misallocated. There aren't any elements which would suggest to me that the Hummer should be a pos ... (read more)

Report this review (#723101) | Posted by R-A-N-M-A | Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Another musique concrčte from Devin Townsend. Like its predecessor, ''Devlab'', ''Hummer'' is an ambient album. There are differences between the two though. ''Devlab'' could be described as more of a dark ambient piece, and just plain weird. It is one long continuous piece broken into 15 untitl ... (read more)

Report this review (#192239) | Posted by ZeroDreamPlasMaximus | Sunday, December 7, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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