Devin Townsend   The Puzzle
3.2
good
Release Date: 2021
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4.5 superbComatorium. | December 4th 21

Leave it to Sputnik in 2021 to shit on one of Devin?s best albums for being ambient when it was marketed as? an ambient album.

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4.5 superbThompson D. Gerhart STAFF | December 7th 21

Devin Townsend goes Sufjan Stevens, but with less ding dong ding dong and more saxophone and sing song sing song

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3.0 goodzaruyache | December 3rd 21

"wot is this" an experimental album mega collab collage that evolved from his guitar drone improves into something huge and even more random than per his usual outings.

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3.5 greatToondude | December 3rd 21

honestly I'm just glad that he released something different other than releasing another DTP album for the nth time

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3.5 greatDizchu | December 3rd 21

haven't listened to this yet but he said repeatedly that it was an experiment and not a mainline
album with a more traditional one due next year, so I don't know where people got the impression
he's not doing prog metal anymore

edit: it's fine. there's some nice sound design but the best parts just sound like casualties of
cool, which did the whole "ambient jam" thing a lot better


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2.0 poorPaleLord | December 2nd 21

This is just an hour of demos for the worst filler parts of Empath, I don't get it

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4.0 excellentjudasgoat | December 4th 21

SMiLE by Devin Townsend

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3.5 greatcysquaatch | December 3rd 21

I enjoyed the juxtaposition between the chaotic and down-to-earth moments. A fun experimental release from Devin Townsend. I'm looking forward to spinning this again.

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2.0 poorKrillBoi | December 3rd 21

Well this is just bad. Unless you're into an hour of what sounds like intros to songs that stop
just before the drop, stay away from this. Only giving this a 2 cause there was some pretty nice
sounding passages like "Maybe Over The Void" and the title track but most goes absolutely nowhere.

Hope Devin's got some actual material up his sleeve sooner rather than later, cause as it stands
now this is the most disappointing release of 2021.

Snuggles is at least super pretty to listen to and works well as background music.


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3.5 greatFran | January 18th 22

The soundscape for this album is amazing. It is very ethereal and an incredibly unique album. I don't think this can be considered a metal album, even if there are distorted guitars. It's not an easy listen, in my opinion, but it's similar to listening to newer Esperanza Spalding; incredibly personal and intriguing. Listening to an artist embrace their ideas is a very personal listen.

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3.5 greatThe Aspie Fantastie | December 30th 21

Kevin Downsent's gigantic, conceptually vague, but musically diverse megalomania is a marvel to listen and a chore to get through in its entirety. It leans in so many directions that one forgets quickly just what played minutes before. There is beauty to this inspired mess, but there is also laborious effort from the listener that isn't always rewarding.

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3.0 goodShartHarder | December 7th 21

enjoyable enough ambient release for the devin completionists, though nothing too memorable

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3.5 greatkalkwiese | December 4th 21

Honestly pretty great as an ambient soundtrack. I don't understand why some reactions are so ... idk, salty? Don't expect industrial metal lol.

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2.0 poorTanuki | December 3rd 21

um. wot is this? i keep waiting for a song to start but it doesn't happen. I miss old Devin.

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3.5 greatAbraxas | April 26th 22
2.5 averagePickleVai17 | April 9th 22
2.5 averageJack Mancuso CONTRIBUTOR | March 23rd 22
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3.5 greatBrendan Schroer CONTRIBUTOR | December 8th 21
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