Every once in a while someone comes along that combines a refusal to fit into a neat box with genuine musical talent. Devin Townsend is that person. He has a voice that has range far beyond anyone else I've heard and he can play a multitude of musical instruments to a higher standard than most can even dream of. His guitar playing is good enough to be talked about with other luminaries such as Satriani, Vai and many more guitar gods.
His songs range from haunting operatic to the heaviest of the heavy. As whole he favours the wall of sound ideology best appreciated with a very good source and a large amount of decibels. If any music can be described as epic, then the output of Devon Townsend would be it.
This CD covers pretty much his whole career wrapped up into a sort of Vaudeville show. It loosely joins together songs with the fictional Ziltoid galactic dictator and family. All great fun to be honest.
Having said the above, despite his range of songs being both eclectic and covering different styles, if you don't like heavy metal chances are a fair bit will be hard going.
The other ace up Devin's sleeve is Anneke van Giersberg. She has a voice that soars and is a wonderful foil for Devin. She kicks off the whole shebang with Effervescent which is a truly wonderful song.
All round, I'd say that if you are after something different but heavy then this should be on your list of albums to give a spin.
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A reviewer has put this cd also includes the dvd, but there is no indication of this being the case.Checking both album front & back - track listings & number of discs this is a 2 disc cd ......So could someone please verify as it doesn't really make sense as the dvd is sold separately for £12.51. To also sell a 2 disc cd for £11.09 & have it include the dvd seems odd....It maybe true ....?....Is it ? I give this 5 stars because Devin Townsend music is awesome !