Devin Townsend   Physicist
3.4 Release Date: 2000
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3.0 goodLambda | December 15th 13

Though it has some great tracks ("Namaste," "Material," "Kingdom"), overall Physicist is nowhere near the level of either Infinity or Ocean Machine: Biomech, Devin's two previous solo releases. Firstly, handing over the mixing duties to Mike Plotnikoff was a mistake- the album sounds muddy and compressed. It's not unlistenably bad, but the production does not suit Devin's extremely layered style. Second of all, the songs this time around are all pretty straightforward and relatively similar to each other, which results in some ("Death," which is notable only for the atrocious effect on much of the vocals) getting lost in the shuffle. With that said though, Physicist isn't all bad- the aforementioned great tracks are indeed great, and it's overall worth listening to- but it's one of Devin's weakest solo releases. 3.4

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3.5 greatTravis Montgomery | January 19th 13

With the exception of "Kingdom", the rest of this album just seems just a bit lacklustre by HevyDevy's standards. Still, an enjoyable album in the long run. 3.3/5

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0.0 Tim Bartolini | December 13th 11

Seriously, a great album. Just wish the quality was a bit better and there were more lyrics. Otherwise, hella unique.

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3.0 goodStaker | November 25th 10

The heaviest solo album (so far). Kingdom, Material, and Planet Rain are interesting, but the rest are a little stagnant. Strapping does it better.

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4.0 excellentMike C | April 7th 10

It's not Deving Townsend at his best, but it is a noble effort which contains some of his better heavy tracks, Namaste, Irish Maiden, and Jupiter for example.
The vocal recording quality leaves a little to be desired as they are not up near up to the standards set by his earlier albums. Give it time, a couple of listens, and you will find deep joy out of this album. Kingdom is fucking sexy also.

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3.0 goodArchibald C. Burke | October 22nd 09

One of Townsend's early solo agressive works, full of even more distortion than usual, fast tempos, quick, almost inaudible vocals, and a nice, processed feel to it. The album isn't bad - it offers up some highlights with "Kingdom" and "Planet Rain" but seems to fall short considering the amount of tracks to work with. The music seems to come together in a messy, angry pile that just doesn't seem to sit well with Devy's trademark sound. I know the distortion is a key part of said sound, but this is more than a little over the top. Definitely not one of my favourite Townsend records, but I'd still give this one a 2.8/2.9).

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