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KI (DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT)

Devin Townsend

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. A Monday (1:42)
2. Coast (4:35)
3. Disruptr (5:49)
4. Gato (5:23)
5. Terminal (6:58)
6. Heaven Send (8:54)
7. Ain't Never Gonna Win... (3:17)
8. Winter (4:47)
9. Trainfire (5:58)
10. Lady Helen (6:05)
11. Ki (7:20)
12. Quiet Riot (3:02)
13. Demon League (2:54)

Total Time: 66:50

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Line-up / Musicians

- Devin Townsend / vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, samples
- Duris Maxwell / drums
- Dave Young / keyboards
- Jean Savoie / bass
- Ché Dorval / vocals (4, 6, 9)

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CD InsideOut Music (2009)

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3.81
(247 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(24%)
24%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(48%)
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Review by Negoba
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4 stars Brilliant New Direction for a Modern Genius

Ki is the first of a four album set from the newly sober Devin Townsend. This actually made me nervous, for though I am happy that a hero is pursuing a healthier life, other artists have sometimes floundered trying to explore their creativity clean.

I shouldn't have worried. Ki is the most innovative album Devy has made in awhile. Its sound, though recognizable as Devin Townsend owing to his voice and guitar tuning, is otherwise very different from anything he's done before. First of all, the mix is wide open, more spare and open than probably any DT album ever. The guitars are often clean for the majority of the song, and even distorted section lacks the huge wall of sound that had become a Devy trademark. Ironically, one of the descriptors that has come to my mind in describing the new album is "Chris Isaak on acid."

Others have criticized this album for being too mellow, but there is actually a very wide range of emotions on this disc. Early tracks like "Disruptr" and "Gato" are extremely intense with the latter being among Devy's scariest. At the other end of the spectrum, we have spacey ambient tracks like "Terminal" and "Winter." There are plenty of bluesy sections (which frequently start sounding very run-of-the-mill and then morph into something insane) and a female vocalist who actually ups the intensity and compliments Devin's voice quite well. There is also a nice dose of Devy's fun-loving humor, with the train-boogie riff and Elvis impersonation of "Trainfire" leading the charge. The title track is perhaps the closest to vintage Devy with a slowly building stack of musical layers climaxing in the ocean of sonic bombardment we've come to love.

On first listen, there are multiple times I found myself thinking "What the hades is he doing?" Every time, the song would evolve or turn into something strange and beautiful in a way that only Devin could have done. On repeated listens, my regard for the album has steadily grown and grown. I definitely advise giving the album some time with an open mind, for the rewards are great. I don't think it reaches masterpiece level (some of the ambient bits are overlong), but overall it is a brilliant CD and highly recommended.

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Posted Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Review by Epignosis
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Eclectic Prog Team
2 stars Devin Townsend's 2009 album ranges from soft rock to grunge (and even rockabilly), with dashes of bizarre elements from time to time, but I don't get that this is even considered much of a progressive album. For the most part, the instrumentation is plain, with nothing really complex about it; in fact, some of it sounds like an aspiring teenager got a guitar for Christmas, and wrote a few songs by April. While there's a lot to like about this album, there's nothing particularly great about it, and honestly gets boring about halfway through.

"A Monday" Low-tuned guitar makes for a delicate and melancholic introduction.

"Coast" Soft vocals and an excellent groove over simple drums is what this second song is about. The rhythm guitar riff is excellent, and one of my favorite parts of the album.

"Disruptr" Funky rhythms and whispered vocals get this seemingly misspelled track going. The nasty, growling vocals don't appeal to me in the least, but at least are not overpowering, and the lyrics do say "master of the universe!"

"Gato" With a clean, almost amateurish guitar tone, stark drums, and repetitive bass line, this song sounds like it came fresh from a garage in 1990's suburbia. While the distorted guitar riff (which follows the bass) sounds a lot like "Godsmack" from Alice in Chains, the growling and incoherent vocals are present, giving this an edge, but of course an edge I don't care for.

"Terminal" This track sounds like a trip back to the 1980s, with soft clean guitar and gentle vocals; thankfully there are no cheesy electronic drums, but even the effects on the singing make me think of that awful decade for music.

"Heaven Send" Again, there's a simple drum beat and basic bass riff, making this song sound like typical rock of the 90s. The growling here is also annoying and doesn't help me enjoy the music.

"Ain't Never Gonna Win" This is a jazzy song with a slight funk and scat edge.

"Winter" A spacey outing with subdued guitar and more elementary drumming, the vocals are quiet and laid back. It's a drowsy track, but at least there's no outlandish growling.

"Trainfire" Now Townsend gets into a bit of old-timey rockabilly here, complete with an Elvis Presley impersonation. It soon becomes loud and irritating in the middle, but returns to the hokey, perhaps humorous boogie. The final moment, having no relation to what came prior, is simply beautiful, with a gorgeous feminine voice leading the way.

"Lady Helen" Unadorned guitar and piano are the main aspects of this quietly attractive song. While lovely, it nearly sends me to sleep.

"Ki" This is more like it. While the title track still has me nodding off, there's a lot of character here, with bright acoustic and electric guitar and handsome vocals. The instrumentation builds, layering heavier guitars, keyboard, and vocals. The machine gun percussion sounds unnatural and mars the track for me, but otherwise, it's an outstanding piece.

"Quiet Riot" This is very similar to acoustic Pink Floyd; it has a simple chord progression on acoustic guitar and a very straightforward melody.

"Demon League" A single electric guitar, pumping out one note at a time and a spacey pad in the background are all that accompany the somnolent vocal.

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Posted Thursday, July 23, 2009

Review by The T
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars DEVIN TOWNSEND has always surprised me with his music. From his industrial experiments with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD to his own more eclectic DEVIN TOWNSEND'S PROJECT to the bizarre stories of Ziltoid the Omniscient, the man's musical output has been changing constantly while retaining some familiar elements, like the industrial sound and that "wall of sound" that Negoba mentions in his review. This time around, Townsend surprises me again, but, curiously, by not surprising me.

Yes, the music in Ki is rather... normal, for lack of a better word. The typical psychotic outbursts of the past, the anxiety-driven sounds of previous albums, are all but forgotten in this new release. It's like the musician has calmed down, cooled down a little bit, and decided to write a record of songs that are much more easier to digest by any casual listener. The result is a quite melodic, but rather uninspired effort that has moments of brilliance but never reaches the heights that just the last two albums reached.

The music, more melodic, is also more acoustic, with less industrial elements, and a much bigger emphasis on the singing and the atmosphere. While I usually prefer melody and atmosphere, I'm missing that uniqueness that Townsend's records always had. Some songs in Ki sound mundane, going from light metal to grunge to blues without shining in any of these styles nor creating some truly original mix.

That's not to say there's nothing to like on Ki. The album, actually, it's quite enjoyable and entertaning, maybe more friendly than Ziltoid The Omnisicient. And Townsend still manages to introduce his little jokes here and there, like the song "Trainfire", a mix of pop and old style rock n' roll complete with Elvis impersonation (and a very decent one, I must say).

This is the strength that the album is missing: that constant change of moods and ideas in the course of one single record is less evident in Ki. It's like Devin Townsend has reached a more sane mental state, but his music is missing the erratic factor.

A good album nevertheless, worthy of three stars.

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Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Errors and Omissions Team
4 stars From what I heard, this is Devin Townsend's calmer album. I suppose and agree that this can some long-time fans irritate. Some may even feel cheated and you know what, it's their right. But unfortunately (paradox is that in this case, fortunately), I don't know DT's music so much. So I can appreciate this quite a lot. I believe that more than if I knew the old ones.

Even in song Gato, where we can hear death metal vocals, even here it seems controlled and quite harmless. Nothing brutal, still it's perfectly directed and under influence of Peace. During last days, I've heard a lot of strange music. Not usual ones, but these unique in something. Let's face it, this is not conventional album. Word that can describe it would be ambient death metal (with calm death metal parts and ambient parts), which is very weird combination. I heard Opeth's Watershed, where it's also more quiet DM to some extent, but not so much. It was like ambient and death metal, but here even the supposed DM parts seems like ironic take, like if they're using growling and heavy instruments, but they don't mean it like that. Like jamming song Ain't Never Gonna Win is right after heavy Heaven Send. It's new combination, but welcomed. I found myself quite enjoying it to be honest (I always am).

4(+) for Ecclesiarchy (I mean eclecticity)

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Posted Sunday, September 20, 2009

Review by Prog Leviathan
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4 stars This moody, atmospheric release treads new territory for Devin Townsend, emphasizing a mellow-- almost stripped down feel to many of the songs concealing his trademark depth as a producer. This alone makes it a unique entry into his already excellent catalogue of albums.

Things start with a melancholic guitar strumming, transitioning into first softly driving "Coast". Although there is a dynamic build near the song's bridge, this one will come as a satisfying surprise to many DT fans; it shows an interesting level of Devin's minimalism (which, it should be noted, is not minimalist at all, since this guy crams a ton of sounds into his albums). "Coast", the elegant "Terminal", spacy "Winter", lush "Lady Helen", and dynamic "Ki" all place emphasis on melodic singing and mood, and will appeal to most listeners immediately. They stand out to me as the best part of this album, and show a new level of artistry on Devin's part.

Although the first thing one will remember about "Ki" is its excellent mellow sections, there is still quite a range of intensity. "Disruptr" and "Gato", for example, menace the listener with slow-paced and savage vocals; there is still Townsend's metal sound throughout, but it won't knock you off your feet here. It takes its time to appear, building and exploding at a slow tempo.

The downside of "Ki" is that-- even when compared to other DT albums-- it is a tough listen to explore. There are few truly memorable moments: no big choruses or guitar solos to catch one's attention. I am sure that's the point, since it helps give the album its moody feel, but it forces many listens to appreciate the depth going on through the multiple layers of production.

Although not as immediately gratifying or entertaining as most of his other albums, the artistry and variety in "Ki" make it a must buy for Townsend fans (who are probably in to artistry and variety in the first place). "Ki" has enough mood and subtle class to please newcomers as well, perhaps even those who were turned off by Devin's noisier albums. If you're a fan of metal music and haven't already investigated him-- do yourself a favor and explore "Ki" and his stellar catalogue.

Songwriting: 4 Instrumental Performances: 3 Lyrics/Vocals: 4 Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

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Posted Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Review by LiquidEternity
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4 stars Ki represents a lot of great ideas from Townsend, and a wonderful reinvention of his heavy sound, but at the same time it definitely feels like an incomplete album.

First, let it be known that Ki is not really necessarily supposed to stand entirely on its own. Being the first part of a four album set, it serves as the quiet (okay, let's just leave it as "quieter") introduction to a look at Townsend's process of sorting out his issues. A lot of Devin's fans may find themselves pretty turned off by this release. For starters, Ki is very skimpy on the metal. The music is heavy, yes, but it is slow and churning rather than chaotic and intense like his usual, and at very few points during its run time is there any distortion or double bass drum used. His lineup, with the exception of returning Devin Townsend Band keyboardist Dave Young, is a much more jazz-oriented group. Duris Maxwell has been recording on the drums since the 60s, and Jean Savoie reportedly is a bassist in a Beatles tribute band. Certainly not the usual Townsend lineup. This creates the interesting distinction between Ki and the rest of the man's solo output: room to breathe. There is space and quiet all over Ki, whereas even in his more introspective pieces otherwise (think Terria or Ocean Machine), there were always walls of wild noise to back up his gentle tunes. I think a comparison with Terria is in order, as both albums have a higher percentage of milder tunes, both albums are a bit less pushing for metal sounds throughout, and both albums have lots of beautiful solo guitar interludes.

The album opens with filler. Unfortunate, but such is the way it goes. Thankfully, A Monday is fairly short and in rapid course turns into Coast, the primary "single" from the album. This track introduces the laid-back, mellow nature of most of Ki, and it does so with a particularly well-written and recorded series of vocal melodies. This is followed by the often maligned Disruptr, a bizarre track that in my personal opinion may very well be the heaviest one he's ever recorded. Slow, deep chugging guitars (not distorted though, mind you) rest along a jazzy rhythm and Townsend's half-growled but mild vocals. Of course, moments of distinctly un-mild vocals happen, and the music does step forward from the methodical rhythmic crunching a couple of times--most notably in the song's finale, with a searing bit of vocals and a perfectly placed rhythm that makes the head seriously want to bang. Gato is perhaps a fair bit weaker, as the layout of the music and the placement of the intensity is fairly awkward (strange that Townsend mentions it as probably his favorite from Ki). It does grow on you a bit, but it's somewhat less than average to his usual standards, and the female vocals, though wonderful in other songs, seem a bit forced and unnecessary.

But don't worry. After two more intense pieces (again, relative to the record, not his usual), Townsend finally backs things down for Terminal. I can see how some listeners, especially those seriously into metal, might find this boring, but to me it's the perfect example of a spacey, lush song with absolutely perfect understated vocals. The melody is haunting and at the same time quite catchy. Think of this, perhaps, as a somewhat truncated Death of Music. Prog heads no doubt look towards Heaven Send with hunger, as it is almost nine minutes long, and that makes it great, right? Well, a word of warning: it's more or less a seven minute song where at the end they talk in the studio for a second and then play the finale prechorus and chorus a third time. That's not to say that it isn't a good song. Che's vocals fit perfectly here, and choirs of yelling Townsends should naturally pique the curiosity of many fans of his music. A fantastically weird Vai-esque solo happens during this tune as well, definitely bordering on the bizarre, especially for Devin, who never seems to solo anyways. Ain't Never Gonna Win... sounds like pure filler to my ears. It's a light bit of jazzy jamming, and that I don't mind, but it just sounds like a fragment of studio goofing rather than an actual song.

Winter is another soft song in the vein of Terminal, though all the stops and starts kind of kill the vibe of this track for me. Another slightly average one. Trainfire, however, is not at all average. Another one of the major highlights of this release, Trainfire showcases Townsend in an Elvis sort of fashion, singing goofily over something like a Johnny Cash locomotive riff. Naturally, he drops this every now and then (for a couple of choruses, a piece in the middle where he starts getting avant and bizarre, and the last few minutes). After a short run, the song begins to slow down, dropping off instruments until only female vocals and a bit of musical background remain. Absolutely beautiful section, but unfortunately short. Don't fear, however, as Lady Helen is making its debut next, and the gentle beauty of the conclusion of Trainfire and of Terminal find themselves pretty fairly matched with this softly atmospheric track.

Of course, then wanders in the title track. Anyone who is a fan of Townsend should hear this song, even if they aren't enjoying the rest of Ki. Because this track is not only the highlight of its respective context, but of the last three or so albums he's released. The first half is quite mild, not really building but still layering sweet vocals together into delicate harmonies. The second half is really one motif repeated over and over again, building and being added to until the absolutely explosive ending, complete with massive Drumkit from Hell double bass and choirs of Townsend and arpeggios. Quiet Riot is a cool acoustic piece, almost more folky and straightforward, especially following the song it does. And lastly, the album ends on a bit of skippable filler.

In the end, there are some really fantastic songs on Ki, but the presence of a few duds and a few minutes of filler really clog up the thing and keep it from getting rated any higher. Fans of Devin Townsend already should certainly check Ki out, but newcomers to the scene might want to look towards one of his more consistently enjoyed, such as Terria or Ocean Machine: Biomech.

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Posted Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Review by The Crow
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4 stars "Ki" was one of the biggest surprises of my musical life...

This change of direction of one of my most admired and respected musicians, shooked me strongly... Could this album really had been made by the same man who did masterpieces like "Terria" or "Synchestra", and the same who rocked me out to hell with the powerful Strapping Yound Land releases? I could not believe it...

But after a pair of listenings, I realised that the style of the man was still fully noticeable, but just a bit diminished between the minimalistic and incredibly beautiful guitar solos, behind the new acoustic directions of songs like the fantastic Lady Helen and Terminal, and of course, in the stronger acts like the odd Disrupter, the curious and dark Gato, the rythmic and hypnotic Heaven Send... And the title track, with some guitars and choirs wich brings Ziltoid back to my mind!

Like almost every Townsend effort, we also have new experiments never heard before in his discography, but still completely coherent with his style... If Bad Devil was his reinterpretation of cabaret music, Trainfire is his tribute to the rockabilly style, where he makes a incredible Elvis imitation, building of the most funny and surprising tracks of "Ki", specially its peaceful and dreamy ending... Other experiments like the poppy Quiet Riot don't work so well, while others, like the jazz interlude "Ain't Never Gonna Win..." make us feel that this man has played this kind of music his whole life.

So this bunch of new, old, and unexpected elements make "Ki" the most surprising and diverse Devin Townsend album... And talking about a career so variated and variated, saying this is really much.

Best tracks: except some dull moments like Winter and Quiet Riot, this album has a incredible quality... I specially enjoy Heaven Send, wich is maybe the most catchy Dein Townsend tracks since Earth Day, the precious guitars of Lady Helen, the obscurity of Disrupter and Gato, the funny Trainfire, and Ki, the track wich has the most classic Devin Townsend sound.

Conclusion: different, original, beaufitul, and authentic... "Ki" is another step further of the most incredible prog-metal mind in actual music. An album wich sounds more organic that anything that Townsend did before, having also his best guitar work to date, great vocals, and a lot of memorable tracks. It's a pity that some sections of the albums don't work so well like the rest. This is the fact because I'm not giving this album five stars... Nevertheless, I strongly recommend "Ki" to every prog-lover. Even if you can't hear the previous Devin Townsend albums, or if you don't like metal... Because "Ki" is just different of anything you've heard before.

My rating: ****1/2

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Posted Sunday, November 22, 2009

Review by TheGazzardian
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2 stars This album is a shrinker.

The first time through it, I was pretty impressed with it. I don't usually appreciate most of the 'cliched' metal-isms that a lot of metal music has, but what I've heard of Devin Townsend has usually sounded great to my ears (although I'm still just scratching the surface of his releases), so I figured I'd give his new project a try.

I found myself really digging a lot of the songs on the first listen, including Gato, Heaven Send, and Ki. But upon repeated listens, I find this album growing old quicker than I had expected. As well, certain songs seem to follow similar formulas, but in a really obvious way that reduces their value. An example would be Gato and Heaven Send. Each feature a strong chorus that works well because of the interesting dynamics between female vocals and Devin's death-metally growls. Yet, each song sounds almost the exact same. Perhaps I am just too used to complex songs for simpler songs to grab me the same as they used to, but I almost can't tell these songs apart other than the chorus.

A friend of mine recommended listening to this album with Disruptr, Gato, Heaven Send, and Trainfire removed. I gave it a shot, and found that it did change the album a lot. He described it as "a much cooler, chill out album with less 'heavy-because-this-is-devin-townsend' songs", and I have to agree with his prognosis.

Overall, this is a fun album, if it does get old a bit fast for my liking. The strongest track, in my eyes, is 'Ki', which for some reason reminds me of "The Circle of Life" off of the Lion King. (Everyone I've mentioned that too thinks I'm crazy, but I still like the song). Overall, though, I'd give this album two stars - it just doesn't have enough to warrant many repeated listens, or enough songs that will remain valuable outside of the album context.

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Posted Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Canadian artist Devin Townsend is a productive guy, with more albums to his name than the number of years he's been recording music. "Ki" is one of two releases from him in 2009.

And for a guy mostly associated with metal, this album is a rather surprising venture. Most of the songs are rather mellow and laid-back, with acoustic guitar just as if not more prominent than the electric. Distorted riffs are few and far bteween as well. In fact, in terms of style many of the songs here to a lesser or greater extent made me think of Chris Isaak.

Many of the songs do contain a brooding darkness though, often provided by some rather nifty synths, but also slightly distorted echoing bass and guitar sounds are used to good effect to create slightly disturbing atmospheres. And on a few select occasions, these moods evolve into brief, highly effective brutal-sounding metal parts invading the almost pastoral landscapes created.

It's a well made album, and while a progressive metal audience might havbe a hard time with this one those who appreciate sophisticated pop/rock and art pop might be a surprising, new audience for this artist. At least as far as this particular album goes.

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Posted Sunday, December 06, 2009

Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Ki' - Devin Townsend (7/10)

After relentless touring with bands and tiring of his personal demons, Devin Townsend pulled out of the public eye, and for a while, there were fears that his career- for the most part, would be over? Then, in a true fashion of Devin Townsend, he surprised us all by announcing one of his most ambitious projects yet, his self-titled 'Devin Townsend Project.'

Adopting a totally different style for each of the four albums along with a unique set of musicians for each, the Project's first album 'Ki' comes as a bit of a surprise to anyone who was expecting the extremity of Strapping Young Lad or the experimentation of his solo work. What you get here is a protest against convention, through some of the most chilled out music I've ever listened to.

The music can easily be described as atmospheric, laid-back and some times even psychedelic rock. Due to the fact that the majority of his fanbase was either attracted to him for his metal, or progressive aspects, there will be a lot of people alienated by this release. While there are certainly 'weird' moments of music to behold on 'Ki,' there won't be a whole lot that will leave you scratching your head on first listen.

'Ki' feels like a slingshot that won't be released. There are times when its almost certain that Devin will finally explode in a Strapping sort of way, but at the last moment; the anger is pulled away for total calm. While this can be frustrating at times from the listener's point of view, it is a real commentary on the artist, and his newfound lifestyle of moderation and er, self-preservation. However, while the 'heavy' moments on this album are few and far between; when they come, they sound more brutal than ever in contrast.

In any case, it's great to see Townsend exploring new facets of what he can do. It does not have the longevity of some of his earlier works, nor does it have as many 'mind-blowing' moments, but what does very well is show that Devin Townsend is far from extinguishing his creative abilities, and that there is a lot of great music to be heard from him in the years to come.

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Posted Friday, March 05, 2010

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5 stars I remember the day Devin said he was quiting Strapping Young Lad. I was watching a very old British TV station called Rock something or other (it was very good but it didn't meet viewers needs and kind of fell into the ground). Devin was performing a puppet show as Ziltoid and made me laugh li ... (read more)

Report this review (#1035547) | Posted by arcane-beautiful | Sunday, September 15, 2013 | Review Permanlink

5 stars 8.5/10 New Directions Devy knows how to surprise me. After the excesses and follies of Ziltoid he shows elegantly restrained and steeped in new influences on Ki, an album that is a sort of "preview" of your Devin Townsend Project, and while part of it. With the support of musicians with li ... (read more)

Report this review (#848853) | Posted by voliveira | Thursday, November 01, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Well,maybe this is my favorite album from Devin Townsend.There are some screams but generally Ki is very calm,peaceful and mainly purgative.Ki expresses the serenity of the mind.Also you can listen to Ki when you want to be in nirvana situation.My favorite tracks are:a monday(nice introduction),coas ... (read more)

Report this review (#309785) | Posted by Prog Geo | Tuesday, November 09, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is the first part in a series of 4 albums that Devin is making under the name' The Devin Townsend Project' and how does it fare up to his other work? well its very mellow (saying as he is now recently drink and drugs free) and his writing is a lot more stright forward than before, dont get m ... (read more)

Report this review (#284067) | Posted by FarBeyondProg | Saturday, May 29, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I´m gonna go thru this return of the giant D track by track. Ki, as stated in the review before, is the the first part in a four album series. 1.A Monday. Nice, short, mellow opener. This intro song always puts me on a good mood. 2. Coast. Still very mellow and laidback. I really enjoy Du ... (read more)

Report this review (#268092) | Posted by I Love Internet | Thursday, February 25, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The first notes of this albums opener Coast(after a track of some guitar plucking and strumming) really appealed to me instantly. Unlike most Devin Townsend productions there weren't a hundred guitars and layers upon layers of sound, a very clean sound with tons of space in the mix had taken its ... (read more)

Report this review (#252792) | Posted by Lezaza | Thursday, November 26, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Ki is great! It is also one of Devin's latest albums. This is perhaps the most relaxing he's ever been, musically. A Monday - A monday is the soft and mellow introduction. It sets the tone for the entire album, even in its relatively meager length. This has delicately layered Pink Floyd overton ... (read more)

Report this review (#251498) | Posted by Alitare | Wednesday, November 18, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Different? Yes. Good? Yes. So this is Devin Townsend's new album, the first of four, you know the story. Anyways, the first time I heard Coast I knew it was something different, but continuing with the other tracks I was fooled into thinking that this was nothing but an over-hyped and slightly r ... (read more)

Report this review (#235297) | Posted by Dorsalia | Wednesday, August 26, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars 3- (minus) A cool off album from Devin Townsend. Some Ying after years and years of Yang, some sort of return to nature (which I think will be short). After the extreme Ziltoïd, Devie brings us down to the basics. The main words here could be "simple" and "natural". Nothing too fancy, no complexe ... (read more)

Report this review (#231088) | Posted by mono | Tuesday, August 11, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Occasionally an album and artist deserves rare praise. Anyone who has heard Devin Townsend knows he is a talented person. If I left it there he would be grouped in with a myriad of other talented musicians but there are musicians who are very good musicians and there are musicians who are excell ... (read more)

Report this review (#227479) | Posted by barbs | Saturday, July 18, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars When I first heard Devin Townsend singing on the Vai project "Sex and Religion" way back in 1993, I knew there was something special about him. And this was based on his singing alone (little did I realise at the time that he'd go on to become a wonderful guitar player in his own right, not to m ... (read more)

Report this review (#220095) | Posted by captainragamuffin | Sunday, June 07, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The new Devin Townsend album, Ki, from the newly formed Devin Townsend Project has been in heavy rotation over the past weeks and I have to say that I'm very happy with it. I recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of experimentation with their metal although I hardly consider this a metal album. ... (read more)

Report this review (#219994) | Posted by jimbrown87 | Saturday, June 06, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Although I first heard this album a while before it was released, I decided to hold fire on reviewing it until I had heard it at decent quality through a good audio system; after all, if anyone's recordings reward those with decent audio hardware, Townsend's do. I am glad that I did so. Ki is quit ... (read more)

Report this review (#218321) | Posted by La fraisne | Tuesday, May 26, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars In 2007 (shortly after the release of Ziltoid the Omniscient) Devin Townsend decided to take a break (of indeterminate length) from the music biz. Now, less than 2 years later, we find that no less than 4 Devin Townsend albums are on the way with the possibility of all 4 seeing a release in 2009 ... (read more)

Report this review (#211524) | Posted by nickgibbon | Friday, April 17, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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