Infinity Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, May 15, 2012
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I'm really glad I decided to hold off on reviewing this album until well after I bought it, because if that happened I probably would have initially only given it 3 stars or so. Not to say that I thought it was a bad album or anything, but it's more due to the fact that after being introduced to Devin's musical genius through the hard-hitting straight-forward Accelerated Evolution(2003) and then being absolutely floored by the one-two punch of Terria(2001) and Ocean Machine(1997), Infinity just sort of felt like an underwhelming curveball of bizzaireness. I did appreciate some of the more basic tracks like 'Truth' and 'Christine', which obviously were intended as the songs to hook you in to the album, but as much as I tried at first, the album never opened up to me. At the time I listened to a lot of progressive stuff, and yet Infinity's appeal still managed to escape me, which didn't make any sense. I was sort of expecting the same epic proportions and dramatic build-up that made Ocean Machine and Terria work so well, and so because Infinity didn't hit me over the head like the others, it was pushed to the back of my collection for the longest time, waiting for the right moment to strike. So why did I just give it 5 stars then? Let me explain.
Then something wonderful happened. Fast forward about 2 years. It was 5 in the morning and I was staying up really late working on some graphic design homework. This semester especially I have been pulling at least 2 all-nighters per week and it was beginning to wear me down. Anyone who works in any sort of design field that requires an extensive amount of time outside of work/class to get things done knows exactly what I'm talking about. My brain was slowly becoming fried.Read more ›
The music itself is some of the thickest Devin has made. His trademark 'wall-of-sound' style of producing his music is completely stretched to limit on this recording. The keyboards are huge, the guitars are loud yet fuzzy, the bass is booming, the drums sound triggered and the sheer amount of vocal lines buried in the mix is astounding. Devin has a knack of 'hiding' things in his music that you don't really notice yet the songs simply wouldn't be the same (or more accurately, would feel the same) without them.
The music itself isn't typical Devin either. Although it has its rockers, its ballads and its intense moments of beauty and fear somehow blended seemlessly together, Infinity feels so huge, so eclectic and so bizarre. Devin is a unique musician and Infinity is his most unique album.Read more ›
If you are used to Velveeta, Roquefort is way too pungent.
If you are used to Hi C, Pinotage is way to strong.
If you are used to Dr. Suess, Dostoyevsky is way too complex.
Devin's music is very personal. If you are used to mass-marketed music, see the comparisons above. However, this music is certainly not pompous if that is the impression you have gotten so far. Quite the opposite. Its very HUMAN. perhaps the most human out of anything I have ever heard. This quality is perhaps what makes it such a challenging listen for people who are used to listening to mainstream or commercial music that is pounded into othem via radio, movie soundtracks, MTV, etc.
Devin's music certainly cant be put into a "genre". It has elements from differnet many different genres: It has Progressive elements yet lacks the snooty "look at me" arrogance that most prog music has. It has metal elements but is too variant to simply "bang your head" to. The same goes for the emotion in the music. It varies from song to song and more often than not, varies within each song.
As I sit and write, delete , and re-write, I realize its easier to describe what Devin's music is NOT vs what it is. His music is very challenging but also the most rewarding music I have ever listened to. It revolutionized my thoughts on music. Once I was hooked, I havent been able to stop listening to all of his albums. Furthermore, most of my CD collection went to the second hand store or became coasters because of Devin. How can one listen to two dimensional music when three dimensional music exists?Read more ›
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Let me start off by saying this is one of the most bizarre CDs I have ever owned. Now, if you know Devin’s music at all, he has many different sides. Read morePublished 2 months ago by IcemanJ
Devin Townsend. That is all. Are you a Devy fan? Buy this album. This is by far one of his weirder albums. But it's pure gold.Published on March 5, 2014 by Justyn
I got this CD as a Christmas gift along with "Synchestra" and although "Synchestra" has proven to be my favorite of the two so far, this is still a wonderful disc... Read morePublished on December 27, 2013 by William Simpson
Killer cd as are all of DT's releases. Opens strong and finishes well with little filler in between. Lot of emotion on this one kind of like Terria.Published on December 24, 2013 by K. Hodges
Once I heard this cd I just had to get it. It was really hard to find in the stores, so I'm very happy that I found it on here!!!!Published on November 4, 2012 by tem
This is a very well made and very diverse for Townsend. The songs are very well crafted, well sung, and the lyrics are well written. Excellent album.Published on March 24, 2010 by Deimos
Infinity shows more of Devin's musical diversity. It is not as hard as most Strapping Young Lad (SYL) but still kicks nicely. Read morePublished on October 22, 2008 by G. West
If the band Suicide did not exist, I would say that this is unequivocally the sound of insanity, but instead I will say it is one of its finest examples. Read morePublished on April 15, 2007 by S. Koropeckyj
While this may not be off the bat my favorite Devin Townsend album, it is in fact an album that I was listening to this morning, so now I will review it, since my mind is now... Read morePublished on September 12, 2006 by wally gator