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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece by Design, 25 Nov. 2002
This review is from: City (Audio CD)
Anyone with a snippet of knowledge about the metal world knows that there is one name among names that just shrieks Metal. Devin Townsend is quite possibly the only person in metal today doing anything new and exiciting, and although this album was released in 1997, it is still much more progressive and full of depth than most, if not all, of the newer breeds of bands claiming to be original.
"City" is 5th gear all the way. Every single track is a masterpiece in its own right and you'd be hard pressed to find anything with this level of intensity and tight musicianship. Indeed, this album is over the top by design; the concept was to make the most extreme metal ever, shaming those 'serious'metal bands in the death/speed metal strata.
If you don't have this, or plan to own this soon...well, there's no accounting for taste. "All Hail the New Flesh"is the seminal metal anthem of the late 90s and there has been little to rival it in years gone by. This album remains quite possibly the greatest extreme metal album ever produced and with the benefit of hindsight, we know that's not a throwaway statment.

Escapology [Explicit Lyrics]
Escapology [Explicit Lyrics]
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Coming of Age for the Veteran of Pop/Rock, 24 Nov. 2002
Anybody who has seen the Robbie Williams Bare-all documentary 'Nobody Someday' should realise the significance of this album. After the tear jerking confessions that Mr Williams hates every part of being a popstar, you begin to realise why he took that wonderful year off for "Swing When you're Winning" and why he appeared so very happy at the Albert Hall.
Escapology, then, is his first coming of age album, from mild (but brilliant) pop to serious soft rock...but labels are misleading. This is still very much Robbie, even if some songs are a little misguided (the apparently deliberate non-commercial nature of opener 'How Peculiar' for example).
'Love Somebody' and 'Monsoon' are a relatively new era in RW history, bringing much more of his beloved rock sound into the scheme of things. Much of the album, for me, has the reminiscence of Chris Cornell's first solo effort Euphoria Morning, especially in the catchy 'Something Beautiful'.
The experimenting with different genres and sounds is typical of an album such as this which is more of a statement of freedom than a true attempt at art. It makes the prospect of the next Robbie Williams album all the more exciting. Whether you love or hate this album, one must commend Mr. Williams for having the strength to do something not everyone will like, and may even alienate his audience a little. That said, it is well worth a listen; a few rotations will have you humming along in no time.

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