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Ki

Devin TownsendAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 16, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • ASIN: B0025T65GC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,783 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Monday
2. Coast
3. Disruptr
4. Gato
5. Terminal
6. Heaven Send
7. Ain't Never Gonna Win...
8. Winter
9. Trainfire
10. Lady Helen
11. Ki
12. Quiet Riot
13. Demon League

Editorial Reviews

In a world of increasing conformity and musical banality, Devin Townsend is among the few real personalities who have character, charisma and surprising innovative creativity. As a solo artist and producer, a member of the (by now disbanded) Strapping Young Lad, with whom he played Ozzfest and the main stage at the Download festival, and vocalist on Steve Vai's album, Sex And Religion, Townsend has always inspired fans and critics alike. The latest chapter of his extremely diverse career is entitled Ki. 'Ki is the first in a series of four albums under the moniker Devin Townsend Project. Each album is essentially a different band or collection of session musicians playing my music,' Townsend explains. 'They were chosen based on what the theme of the album is and the vibe that the album is trying to project. The album Ki is very specific in this quartet of albums in that it controls its anger throughout, and really is an exercise in having little to prove.'

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Focused ... Detailed ... Solid ... Confident ... May 22, 2009
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FIRST IMPRESSION:

Just finishing my first-ever trip through Devin Townsend's "Ki" ... and already it feels to me like his best work to date. All the best elements of his previous recorded output combine with a deceptively simple (but never simplistic), often groove-oriented approach that (for me) hits all the right buttons. This project rattles back and forth between melodic and (somewhat subdued for DT) heavy blues-oriented material that has a bit of bite here and there but never loses its composure. Clean/acoustic guitar gives way to heavy, leading into ambient, which slides into moments that are almost David Gilmore-esque, then to back to blues, but this time with a touch of rockabilly ... and yet somehow it all make sense! The Pink Floydian flavor is most evident on "Quiet Riot," but can be felt through much of the project.

Of course, given that this album is the first of four interrelated releases, each with its own stylistic identity, I'm already looking forward to the NEXT chapter of the "Devin Townsend Project"!

I may return and add to this review once I've spent some time with the lyrics, but for now I'm gonna recommend this one on the strength of the music and performance. Well worth a listen!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it time... let it sink in... June 4, 2009
By JeremyG
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On my first listen, I wasn't sure what to think. I'm a huge DT fan, with my favorite albums being Ziltoid and Terria.

So I listened a second and third time, and now I believe it to be his best album to date.

Ki is a less aggressive than most of his previous work, but that isn't a negative. You'll still get plenty of the big guitars and lots of classic Devin Townsend screaming.

Seriously, nobody can scream better than this guy.

Highly recommended. Easy five stars.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can never go wrong with Devin! June 12, 2009
By RICK H.
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Let me start by saying I pretty much like everything Devin has done. I know the word genius gets thrown around alot, but for me he is as close as you can get. I bought this on pre-sale because they offered the first 300 copies sold would be autographed. How could I resist that? I have had this CD a little over two weeks already, so I have had time to let the songs sink in a bit. At first I thought that it was a little too jazzy for my taste, but since it was Devin I have given it several more listens and I will say it really is pretty damn great! Sure it is a little different than you might expect from him but there are plenty of "Devin" moments thrown in. If you like Devin, then I strongly advise you to pick up a copy. I personaly can't wait for the next one to come out. BRING IT ON!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FunKi March 11, 2011
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Definitely Devin's Funkiest & Grooviest release. Absolutely fantastic. Killer basslines on the early tracks!!

This album is completely different than Devin's other 'solo' work or heavier material with SYL. This is a brilliant, unique album. I especially like this sequence of songs: Coast-->Disruptr-->Gato-->Terminal-->Heaven Send-->Ain't Never Gonna Win. Great stuff!

"Winter" is a nice chilled out acoustic track. "Trainfire" deserves recognition as a sorta progressive swing/rockabilly piece.

"Disruptr" is definitely one of Devin's coolest songs - best cut on the album.

Ki is probably my overall favorite DT effort. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first installment. September 22, 2009
By Rhys
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This album is one in four that the maniacal, insane genius that is Devin Townsend will release under the Devin Townsend Projects moniker(The second, Addicted, is planned to be released in late October/early November). It is an immaculate first entry in the sense that it captures the extreme metal nature of his previous work under Strapping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend Band as well as his fascination with older music.

Ki contains moments of dark bluesy acoustic that build and segue into even darker explosive moments. With brass instruments in Heaven Send, Che Aimee's backing vocals in several tracks and the partial seriousness of the lyrics, Ki is a work both typical of Townsend and, at the same time, open to new listeners. The notorious cursing of SYL is toned down to the occasional damn throughout a couple songs, but still to the same effect that fans are accustomed to.

My personal favorites on this album are Gato, Heaven Send, Ki and Disrputr and they, above the other tracks, illustrate the intense, cosmic buildup that Mr. Townsend was shooting for with Ki. This album is well deserving of 5 stars and will leave the listener strongly anticipating the coming installments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I've been a fan of Devin Townsend since Ocean Machine and have thoroughly enjoyed his solo stuff since. Ki is no exception as it is a brilliant album! Devin hired a group of talented and unique artists to play on this album and it comes through in the music. It sounds like nothing he has ever written before with clean guitars, at times a sort of funky, bluesy sound that is extremely catchy. Ki will have you listening to it over and over again.

In my opinion Devin has also written his most beautiful song ever in Terminal. It somehow brought me back to my childhood, very chilling...in a good way.

I've thought for years that DT was one of the most talented musicians in music and Ki only confirms this even more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ki
I've been aware of Devin Townsend's music since he was the singer for Steve Vai. I kind of ignored Strapping Young Lad when I'd read through Century Media catalogs sent to me... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Lesson In... DYNAMICS !!!"
Not the prog-thrasher you would expect from the Dev, "KI" is a Dynamic and Deep release... at times soulfully sensitive and melodic, at other times its crushingly heavy. Read more
Published 17 months ago by RJMelling
4.0 out of 5 stars This isn't SYL but it's definitely Devin
When I first got into Devin Townsend I was under the impression that all his music was SYL-esque. So when I picked up Ki I was expecting a brutal assault on my senses. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Casey Skeskaflorkz
5.0 out of 5 stars My first approach to HevyDevy's new world.
I remember when I first got the CD. I just couldn't be anymore surprised from what masterpiece Townsend created. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jiand Sanjarani Pour
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great cd, would recommend it to any rock-n-roll fan. go ahead and buy this cd, you'll love it. Good stuff.
Published 20 months ago by ugly-wan-kenobi
5.0 out of 5 stars His Best
This is the first of four releases in a series by The Devin Townsend Project released in 2009.

I read, "Over two years, Townsend wrote over 60 songs, and found that they... Read more
Published 23 months ago by To The Max"Bax"
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely :)
First off it killed me trying to track this down... By limited edition they mean it IS part of the 1,000 run green vinyls. Read more
Published on August 2, 2012 by Leticia
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
This album makes a fool out of me, in that I absolutely love it, but I can hardly do it justice when describing it. Read more
Published on August 22, 2010 by the2989
4.0 out of 5 stars It takes a while, but pays off in the end
Disbanding the chaotic extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad has given Devin Townsend time to break free from various addictions, get his head together and regroup musically. Read more
Published on June 13, 2010 by Justin G.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not why I bought a Devin Townsend album.
This is nothing like I expected when shelling out coin for this album. I expected good music, not this garbage! Devin you can do so much better!!!
Published on April 17, 2010 by Deimos
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