The Devin Townsend Project: Addicted

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The Devin Townsend Project: Addicted
Industrial, Progressive Rock, Techno
InsideOut Music
November 16th, 2009
Release length: 47:01
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The second part of the four part album series under the title The Devin Townsend Project, entitled Addicted, is once again something that Strapping Young Lad fans probably would expect, but wouldn’t at the same time. “But, how is that even humanly possible?” you may ask. Well, Addicted is perhaps one of the most obscure albums of Devin Townsend’s career, even considering the last album Ki, since this album incorporates a more pop, even Europop feel to the music. Much of the album is simple with industrial and synth beats, singing, some screaming where applicable, with a nice addition of female vocals, proving once again that Devin has more talent in his pinky then most bands do collectively.

The music on here is a nice departure from Ki. Where the last album was very mellow and relaxing, this one gives off a more party environment through many of the songs, and have some well crafted lyrics to go along with them, such as the title track “Addicted!” talking about an addiction to pornography, and the chorus to “Resolve!”. The start of the album pretty much all flows smoothly from one song to another with each track bleeding into the next up until “Supercrush!”, and each song after that just getting more enjoyable. Once you hit “Resolve!”, the flow of the music does shift to a more serious sound, but still retains a subtle party environment.

Now that we established that the album is more of a party-sounding album, it should be noted that around the time of “Ih-ah!”, the album seems to be completely derailed. The song is more of an acoustic ballad track with some synths. Things seem alright once you hit “The Way Home!”, but then you get blasted back into the previous post-Strapping Young Lad solo album Ziltoid The Omniscient on “Numbered!” and “Awake!”. The only reason that these two tracks would be here could only be that, according to the Devin Townsend Project website, the third part is going to be very complex and heavy as far as the music goes, so perhaps this is a build up to it. But, either way, these final tracks find the closing of the album to be very dramatic, but at the same time completely void of the flow that was set up in the first six tracks.

Addicted is a great Progressive effort that is just fun to listen to, and is highly recomended. The only issue would be the climax of the album being so void of what the first half of the album presents, especially with the last two albums. Hopefully the closing of this one is to somehow segway into the next installment of this series of releases, and given the timespan between this and Ki, hopefully it won’t be too long. With very catchy tracks like “Addicted!” and “Bend It Like Bender!”, this one is definitely going to be on repeat on your playlist for a good while, as you will be as the album title depicts: Addicted.

01. Addicted! – 5:36
02. Universe In A Ball! – 4:09
03. Bend It Like Bender! – 3:37!
04. Supercrush! – 5:13
05. Resolve! – 3:12
06. Ih-ah! – 3:45
07. The Way Home! – 3:14
08. Numbered! – 4:55
09. Awake! – 9:44
Overall Score: 7.5/10
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Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.