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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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  • Audio CD (June 16, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • ASIN: B0025T65GC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Price on May 22, 2009
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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 By JeremyG on June 4, 2009
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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 By RICK H. on June 12, 2009
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jacob G. Adams on July 8, 2009
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I had a major musical identity crisis growing up, especially when it came to picking a band or person I really liked. Devin Townsend has been the person that stands out above of anything else I have listened to. Every album he does is different, but he keeps his Devy signature there. Ki without a doubt is no different, being the album to date that is way different than anything else he has ever done, it proves that Devin Townsend is one of the few people out there that creates music that is original and new every time a new album is released unlike other bands that fall into the same genre with Devin.

Ki is a first of four albums under 'The Devin Townsend Project' plus this is first album being sober and it's very noticeable. His style has obviously changed, plus the clean tone guitar is something that gives the album it's own stand alone sound. The album plays on self control, something that Devin himself has learn and explained in his radio interview, every time you think this record will lose its composure, it takes a breath and let's it go. But there are some very 'chill' songs on the record like "Terminal" "Ain't Never Gonna Win" "Winter" and "Lady Helen" that are soothing enough to make you doze off while you listen.

The record itself can leave you hanging if you are looking for something that will rock out at some point, because it won't. Ki is instead an introduction to what Devin has now become, a sober and brilliant artist with a whole new side to show us. If you have been listening to Devin over the years, you will appreciate this album for what it is.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Frasca on June 17, 2009
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I got it last night, listened to it, and it was love on first listen. I immediately turned it back on when I woke up this morning. The album is a large stylistic departure for Devin--even diving into psychedelic rockabilly with "Trainfire" (which is an /awesome/ track). However, from start to finish, it sounds like a Devin Townsend record. It has all of his progressive artistry and care that goes into his song writing and production. Devin, as stated in interviews, is using this album to make a statement as an artist. I think he succeeded wildly.

The album is not a metal album. I'm not sure what it is, like a lot of Devin's catalog, it defies categories. He uses a more classic rock instrument setup with clean guitar tones, keyboards, &c. However, the musical vocabulary (note phrasings, riffs, &c.) seem to be drawn more from classical music--a lot like much of heavy metal. A lot of the riffs sound like they could be sped up, distorted and they'd fit on a Mastodon album. It doesn't sound like Talking Heads or Pink Floyd or, really, anyone to me.

Whatever label this music gets, whoever it gets compared to, it is amazing. I just restarted it. I know I will be listening to this album many times in the coming months, and I eagerly await "Addicted", "Deconstruction" and the as yet unnamed fourth album. If "Ki" were it for the year, I would be overjoyed. With three more albums coming, which were written in the same bout of creativity as "Ki", I think I might go into a fugue!

Devin, Thank You.

EDIT/UPDATE: I've listened to it two more times (still just as good, and getting better by the listen!). I'm rethinking my second paragraph. It might make it sound like this is "metal slowed down" which is wrong. It's not.
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