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3.25 | 78 ratings | 4 reviews | 27% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2022

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1 (55:59)
1. Moonpeople (4:44)
2. Lightworker (5:29)
3. Equinox (4:39)
4. Call of the Void (5:53)
5. Heartbreaker (7:00)
6. Dimensions (5:23)
7. Celestial Signals (5:12)
8. Heavy Burden (4:23)
9. Vacation (3:10)
10. Children of God (10:06)

Disc 2 - Nightwork (Ltd. Deluxe Artbook) (47:51)
1. Starchasm, Pt. 2 (4:34)
2. Stampys Blaster (0:38)
3. Factions (5:13)
4. Yogi (3:57)
5. Precious Sardine (10:14)
6. Hope Is in the World (4:16)
7. Children of Dog (6:45)
8. Sober (4:37)
9. Boogus (3:33)
10. Carry Me Home (4:04)

Total Time 103:50

1. Moonpeople (5.1 mix)
2. Lightworker (5.1 mix)
3. Equinox (5.1 mix)
4. Call of the Void (5.1 mix)
5. Heartbreaker (5.1 mix)
6. Dimensions (5.1 mix)
7. Celestial Signals (5.1 mix)
8. Heavy Burden (5.1 mix)
9. Vacation (5.1 mix)
10. Children of God (5.1 mix)
11. Moonpeople (commentary track)
12. Lightworker (commentary track)
13. Equinox (commentary track)
14. Call of the Void (commentary track)
15. Heartbreaker (commentary track)
16. Dimensions (commentary track)
17. Celestial Signals (commentary track)
18. Heavy Burden (commentary track)
19. Vacation (commentary track)
20. Children of God (commentary track)

Line-up / Musicians

- Devin Townsend / vocals, guitar, bass, synth, computer, orchestrations, co-producer, mixing

- Anneke Van Giersbergen / vocals
- Ché Aimee Dorval / vocals
- Morgan Agren / vocals, drums & percussion
- Mike Keneally / guitars
- Steve Vai / guitars
- Darby Todd / drums
- Federico Paulovich / drums
- Diego Tejeida / keyboards
- Nathan Navarro / bass
- Jonas Hellborg / bass
- Elektra Women's Choir / choir

Releases information

Label: Century Media
Format: Vinyl, CD, Blu-ray, Digital
October 28, 2022

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DEVIN TOWNSEND Lightwork ratings distribution

(78 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(27%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(32%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

DEVIN TOWNSEND Lightwork reviews

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Review by The Crow
2 stars After three years of waiting and a couple of experimental albums in between, Devin Townsend returns with a new album called "Lightwork".

In short, what we have here is a comeback to the most commercial passages of albums like "Addicted!" and "Epicloud", with new age touches in the style of "Ghost", resulting in a somewhat monotonous and uninspired album, whose baroque production is not able to hide.

That monotony is broken by the more progressive Heartbreaker, which reminds me of the more elaborate passages of the much superior "Transcendence", and a kind of homage to his most industrial phase in the interesting Dimensions, which includes a good solo by the always willing to collaborate Steve Vai.

Therefore, the fact that "Empath" didn't quite live up to expectations and that this "Lightwork" is a downright mediocre album, makes me think that the golden boy of prog is slowly losing his magic touch.

But hey... We'll always have his great albums from the past!

Best Tracks: Moonpeople (good chorus and great guitar riffs), Heartbreaker (wonderful guitar work and a central part that brings back some of the chaos and genius that made Devin great in the past) and the aforementioned Dimensions (these growls!!!)

My Rating: **

Review by Negoba
3 stars The Slow Exhale

Devin Townsend has always had multiple types of music swirling in his head and during the pandemic this came to a swirling storm resulting in the quite good but inherently limited audience of The Puzzle (and it's mellower companion Snuggles). Townsend abandoned any intention of pleasing record company or masses and made the chaotic ambient record that was driving his muse.

So there had to be a rebound. Percolating at the same time were a number of poppy fun songs (some of which DT released as youtube singles). After completing the monster project, Townsend knew he quickly had to put something more palatable out. By the time the new project, Lightwork, was completed, even Devin knew he may have swung too far in the other direction. He often remarked in interviews that he had no idea whether his fan base would like the record but (as per his usual) it represented what his life was like in those moments.

When the first few promo singles came out for "Moonpeople" and "Lightworker" I was a bit worried. The songs were very stripped down, simple, and even as an enormous Devhead, I wasn't connecting. Luckily, when the full album came out, it was clear the album was going to have a lot more range that Devin had hinted at. "Heartbreaker" begins with heavy guitars in odd rhythm and the complex layers many of us have come to love. "Dimensions" has an almost industrial vibe (that I totally love) and is one of Townsend's most driving songs to date. I am very excited to see that one live. There is also an update of "Celestial Signals" from the B-side of Transcendence that I prefer though not everyone does. "Children of God" is the kind of soaring anthem Townsend seems to enjoy doing more and more as time goes on, but is too long. Luckily he gives a shorter version on the B-sider called "Children of Dog."

As usual, there are some tasty nuggets on the B-side, including some very heavy bits. Many fans including myself have created their own track lists taking their faves from the 2 discs.

All in all, this was a satisfying collection of new Devin Townsend material. But with his enormous catalog, this is never going to be one you recommend as a starting point or even early in someone's journey. There are less prog elements in this one than many of his discs. I will say, however, that of all the 2022 releases, I've listened to this one more than perhaps any other.

Latest members reviews

3 stars A subtle Devy in the End? Always known for his massive arrangements and extremer than life Metal escapades, Devin Townsend seems to grow more mature with each release. For me his heyday isn´t long gone and he is further away from growing bald than ever. Since at least Transcendence getting more e ... (read more)

Report this review (#2855640) | Posted by GrafHaarschnitt | Thursday, December 1, 2022 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Devin TOWNSEND, leader of Strapping Young Lad, Casualties Of Cool and his various projects, started releasing CDs in 1997; nicknamed the mad scientist of metal to mix moods, metal, pop, ambient, prog, indus, country and thrash tunes based on a wall of extreme sound piling up guitars and keyboard ... (read more)

Report this review (#2855135) | Posted by alainPP | Monday, November 28, 2022 | Review Permanlink

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