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I read an interview with Devin recently in which he stated something to the effect of "If you like my stuff, you will probably like Epicloud. If you don't like my stuff, if what I normally do annoys the s*** out of you, than you probably won't like it." I think that's really the best way to sum up this album. While that statement could describe every Devin Townsend release, I think it's especially true of this one.
I should probably wait a week or two before I review this, but I've listened to it in entirety a few times already and want to get this out there. I so badly want to give "Epicloud" 5 stars but just won't let myself do it. Epicloud is no doubt amazing, fun, and well, epic. However, since he's such a damn genius, I can only rate Devin Townsend as compared to himself, and I've enjoyed other releases of his more than this. At the same time though, I wouldn't change a thing about "Epicloud" so I'm not exactly sure how to explain myself...
I've heard the word "epic" (obviously) thrown around a lot about this album. It is a great word to explain the album in a breath though. Listening to this, it just sounds BIG!Read more ›
Devin's signature wall of sound production is in full effect on these tracks. His skill in mixing and producing albums is, in my opinion, among the greatest of all musicians. In fact, I can't think of another hard rock musician currently working who is as adept with production as he is. Devin writes the songs, sings, plays guitar, records, produces, and mixes his albums, almost always. He's a true tour de force of a talent and this album showcases his abilities.
In my opinion, the album starts off slowly. I like "Effervescent" for what it is. But, it's kind of "whatever" to me. It's an appetizer, and at 44 seconds, one shouldn't expect more. It does set you up to expect something unusual, though. Then, "True North" comes in with Anneke Van Giersbergen singing, "I love you, I need you, I've always been around you," sounding like the magical music fairy here to bless us with something amazing. "True North" is a good, heavy, kind of progressive song. But, then, there's "Lucky Animals." Every once in a while, there comes a song by Devin Townsend that I really don't like that much. It's rare, honestly. Some might not do much for me, but it's rare that I actively dislike them. I actively dislike "Lucky Animals.Read more ›
It's all I've been listening to since it arrived, except for the other 4 albums of his I orderd, as well as Retinal Circus, which now has me eyeing half a dozen other albums.
How have I missed him all of these years? The raw power and passion and beauty and sheer artistry and production are all breathtaking.
If you don't like this album, I urge you to seek counseling.
ADDED JUNE 20
It's now a month later and I own about 20 Devin albums and 4 DVDs. I'm very happy. Can't recall the last time I went binge on an artist.
I love having all the songs on YouTube. I'm spreading the word to my FaceBook friends.
First off, Epicloud is good. I have listened to it five times through, and my appreciation is still building. Some real transcendance on display, especially the masterful transitions between songs, and the ambient textures that come and go.
Song-wise, an eclectic mix of mainstream Townsendia, but especially well-paced, so the balls-out pounders feel like a party is breaking out and then the slower numbers come as blessed relief.
I have to say I like this album better than the previous four. One of my favourite songs in the collection is actually an ABBA-flavoured iTunes demo called "Take My Ego".
As an aside, I'd like to hear the title track, but it's only available on vinyl, and I suppose that makes it hard to upload.
Anneke van Giersbergen really shines on this album, more so than on Addicted!, I think. I hope the collaboration continues for a good long time.
Long time Devin fan here, by the way, who owns the entire catalog. I feel a personal connection to this man's music. He's a genius, no doubt about it, and a fellow British Columbian too.
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