Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The Devin Townsend Project - "Ki"
The Devin Townsend Project - Ki
2009, Inside Out
1. A Monday
6. Heaven Send
7. Ain't Never Gonna Win...
10. Lady Helen
12. Quiet Riot
13. Demon League
The Devin Townsend Project is a cycle of four albums in which Townsend is endeavoring to create music without the influence of drugs or alcohol. Ki is a quiet introspective album - very different from the "organized chaos" of his past releases. There's no "wall of sound" here everything is subtle and understated. Just when a song like "Coast" or "Gato" threatens to pummel your head in a metal fury it cuts itself off, leading into atmospheric soundscapes like "Terminal" or "Winter." One of my favorite songs, "Trainfire" almost sounds like Elvis Presley on crack! It has a Elvis Presley/Johnny Cash sort of flair in the verses followed by a flowing and melodic chorus. Then it gets really quiet with just the guitar and female vocal... it's really awesome - makes me happy to be a music lover.
Useless Fact: The cover is supposed to be 3-D but I never got the glasses with my preorder.