The Devin Townsend Project
Ghost


2.5
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Review

by donovan909 USER (21 Reviews)
November 20th, 2011 | 35 replies | 3,059 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ghost is a snooze-fest and a very sad waste of an album for such a talented musician. By no means horrible, yet, very forgettable.

4 of 16 thought this review was well written

Here we have Devin Townsend's Ghost, the last album in his 4 album set released under 'The Devin Townsend Project'. Mr. Townsend has been pitching with this album hard with pre-release youtube videos and song samples and revealing that this will focus on his lighter side as a counter-balance to Destruction. While he has revealed quieter moments with songs like 'Canada' off of Terria or the acoustic simplicity of a song like 'Let It Roll' off of Synchestra, this is by no means reflective of those songs or even that style of songwriting from him.

The songs on this album are not catchy or memorable (in a singular sense), nor, do I believe, were they meant to be. These songs all mesh together, to create a set of songs conducive to the effect of putting yourself to sleep.

With months and months of build-up and cleverly stating in so many words, that this album would break away from his traditional sound and clearly show a softer side of him, as with most of his ‘real ‘ albums, most fans would probably expect an album with actual 'songs'. However, true to Devin Townsend’s nature, he clearly aims to surprise and actually created album much like Ki, with a few moments that shine and an album that is overall rather dull.

This album is closer to The Hummer and Devlab, than anything else he has created. It is his foray in ethereal ambiance and integrating a few surprises here and there vocally and instrumentally. The end result is a collection of material, that does flow together very well, however, as it flows, there is nothing that jumps out to catch you.

This foray into an atmospheric sound, forgoing song structure for ‘feel’, seems almost empty and forced. Ulver and Anathema stylistically started out entirely different but pulled off a rather drastic change in style and have continued to evolve in their experimental and adventurous sound, where as for Townsend, this feels as a sort of ‘one-off’ just to put out his own attempt at entirely re-recreating himself.

In this new consciousness that he has found, he has shown the ability to transform himself and his sound very profoundly from album to album, even viewing this in the context of just the 4 album set. There is no taking away the fact that you have a brilliant artist here, with a very forward thinking state of mind, as to not pigeon-hole himself into any one style or sound.

In the end what you have are eight minute songs of some light strumming on an acoustic, with some ethereal keyboard noise in the background, and then maybe half-way into the song a minute of in-decipherable mumbling coming from Mr. Townsend. Any sense of innovation or talent is forgotten in his misguided attempt at creating a strictly atmospheric style of album. There is no imagination here, only a drone that will be forgotten as quickly as it is taken out of the CD player.

Maybe in the right mood or setting this album might be mildly enjoyable, but coming from Mr. Townsend I would expect more intuitive or fascinating.

Some of the few songs that do standout are:
Feather
Blackberry
Texada



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Spec
November 20th 2011



26825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome album

tarkus
November 20th 2011



5560 Comments


yeah this rules

jayfatha
November 20th 2011



2882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh boy

YetAnotherBrick
November 20th 2011



4315 Comments


"Before I get slaughtered here, "

Don't begin a review of a highly liked album like that. It makes your whole review less credible. I mean, you didn't go overboard with it like that one 2 review for None So Vile, but really, you don't need it at all. A review is your opinion, there's no need to acknowledge anyone else's.

And I haven't heard this album in its entirety, but I'm betting it's nowhere near a 2.

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someguest
November 20th 2011



18831 Comments


Album is meh.


Agreed.

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North0House2
November 20th 2011



5583 Comments


Haven't listened to this yet. But, the first paragraph kinda rambles on.

Stopped reading after that.

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2011



9464 Comments


Is that a derogatory statement.
Is that a derogatory statement.
Is that a derogatory statement.
Is that a derogatory statement.
Is that a derogatory statement.


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RosaParks
November 20th 2011



14592 Comments


dude no faggot delete this review and your incorrect opinion

JWT155
November 20th 2011



9182 Comments


Band blows

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Scoot
November 20th 2011



17477 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

you blow

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cb123
November 20th 2011



1957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ill second that motion....plus album rules

JWT155
November 20th 2011



9182 Comments


you blow harder

DurzoBlint
November 20th 2011



1130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Anyone who listens to Devin Townsend and is expecting some of the lighter moments off of previous
albums will be severely disappointed"

Good job I listened to it expecting what the album ACTUALLY sounds like then isn't it >_>

zaruyache
November 20th 2011



4794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules and most it is catchy as hell. I'm practically floating on the breeze as I listen to Feather right now.

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someguest
November 20th 2011



18831 Comments


new age bullshit is so inspiring

escalatortopurgatory
November 21st 2011



44 Comments


Ghost is great. So much better than Deconstruction.

bloc
November 21st 2011



34489 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Rating rules

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tiesthatbind
November 21st 2011



7360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album

Aspenshadow
November 21st 2011



301 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I disagree. Yeah.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 21st 2011



30291 Comments


Review is littered with grammatical larceny and jumps from one statement to the other without any sense of connection. Also, your summary doesn't need to be a novel.

Also, never use terms like "before I get slaughtered here" or anything similar. I don't want to read you trying to defend your opinions like that when your review should be doing that for you

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