In metal circles, Devin Townsend is a name that gets mentioned - praised - a lot. I was sceptical when I heard this for the first time. There are some wonderful melodies, but I was expecting a brutal sonic assault. Don't get me wrong, this does rock, but in a Monster Magnet sort of way. But give this 3 or 4 listens and it really does grow on you. Townsend is held in such high esteem because he does whatever he feels like doing and doesn't try to write fashionable numetal. There are some great melodies here, the pop-rock of Life instantly infectious. Townsend's sound is described as windy; this is probably the best description I could give, it's the sound of someone jamming on a mountain in the middle of nowhere. But this album is best appreciated when listened in tandem to his furious offering, Physicist which reeks of industrial hatred. It sounds nothing like this album, and makes you appreciate how good this Canadianis. Give this a spin, and let it grow on you - chances are you won't be disappointed.