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does devy do average,he did it here!
on 19 November 2007
Devin townsend of strapping young lad,or should that be once of strapping young lad as many fear that the band are no more ,released this solo album,albeit with backing band in 2003 to a somewhat perplexed public,following on from his brilliant solo album terria,this album seems somewhat flat in comparison.
Devin prior to this spoke of this being very spacey and experimental,in truth it is neither,a more straightforward sounding album of melody with tinges of rage and fierce riffs,this was safe in its design.
An album opener can make or break an album,thats a belief some hold,if that notion is accepted then this album was falling flat after a few minutes,the albums opener 'depth charge' is quite generic and certainly uninspiring in its urgency and its execution.
'Storm' follows and ups the ante,a better song and more focused,'random analysis' follows and again all is good,solid and catchy,yes i was smiling now,but then 'deadhead' weighs in and the album loses its grip yet again,an eight minute track that is a bit like pulling welded in teeth,not for me.
The next few tracks deliver but the final three tail off into an average sound,so when you dig deep into my review,not that it is a challenge,one cant help but feel that this is an average album,to be blunt it is as is my mark out of five, 2.5 then.