- Audio CD (24 Sept. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Century Media
- ASIN: B008S6B476
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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I won't break it down by song but there aren't any that I would actively skip (though I am not too crazy about 'Liberations', 'Where We Belong' and 'Divine' at the moment). The entire gamut of song styles are covered here from acoustic ballads to fast paced catchy numbers to slow building epics. A special mention must go to 'Grace' & the re-recorded 'Kingdom' (check out the brilliant live version on 'By A Thread') which are my highlights of this record and an unbelievable showcase of heavy, epic, beautiful and soul piercing music. The songs in the end do tend to blur into each other which is a shame because there are some real gems here. I wish there were fewer but longer songs on this one but hey, I'm just nitpicking.
The bonus disc 'Epiclouder' also has some great songs that wouldn't be out of place on the main record (with 'Believe', 'The Mind WASP', 'Whoah No!' & 'Socialisation' being my picks). There is nothing really 'Demo' when it comes to the quality of these songs. I therefore urge you to get the deluxe 2-disc version as it is fantastic value for money. Devin's liner notes (in which he discusses these bonus songs and also talks about how 'true metal heads' will probably not like this record) are insightful and funny and give the whole package a very personal touch.Read more ›
Now the review.
Epicloud starts out with Effervescent, a nice Acapella intro that fits Devin's objective of a powerful sounding album. This rolls seamlessly into True North, which starts out with soft female vocals and then Devin brings the power. Lucky Animals follows True North, a track which was released as a fun taster before the album was released. Liberation has a nice rolling pace. A soft song comes next with Where We Belong and so on. (I'm not going to go through every single track as I don't feel I have to)
Overall as an album, I find Epicloud to be good. That's right good, not amazing, not special, just good. I feel Devin succeeded in his mission to create an epic and loud album, but I find I do not get the same "THIS IS SOMETHING SPECIAL" feeling that I get from past albums. It feels a bit cold to me, the brain is there, but the soul isn't. There are a couple of tracks I enjoy (for example, Lucky Animals), but there are quite a few "meh" ones as well. I certainly applaud the fact that he re-recorded Kingdom.
Four stars in all, simply because Devin is a very clever artist and the album is not terribly written, it just didn't touch me in that special place I was hoping it would (which could just be a personal thing)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this as a gift for my husband, when asked how good it is his reply was "awesome, epic in every way". Read morePublished 15 months ago by Joanne
So far love this CD - not even got around to listening to CD2 yet! As others have pointed out, the title means Epic and Loud and loud is the best way to listen to this CD. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Briser
Really catchy and reminiscent of Devys Infinity. The whole Devin Townsend Project has been a blast.Published 19 months ago by M R HOWARD
"It's epic, it's loud..."
As with all Dev releases, parts of it are stunning, and the album flows well as a complete unit, but the random departures from... Read more
got this for a friend loved it so much i had to get it myself says it reallyPublished 21 months ago by styxxx
Very good album in my opinion, didn't listen to Devin for a long time and the combination of different genres in the same album works for me.Published 22 months ago by vibrato
Just buy it.
Listen to it.
Buy it again for your friends they will love you for ever.
Go buy everything else Devin does and be even happier.