DEVIN TOWNSEND — Lightwork (review)

DEVIN TOWNSEND — Lightwork album cover Album · 2022 · Metal Related Buy this album from MMA partners
2/5 ·
The Crow
After three years of waiting and a couple of experimental albums in between, Devin Townsend returns with a new album called "Lightwork".

In short, what we have here is a comeback to the most commercial passages of albums like "Addicted!" and "Epicloud", with new age touches in the style of "Ghost", resulting in a somewhat monotonous and uninspired album, whose baroque production is not able to hide.

That monotony is broken by the more progressive Heartbreaker, which reminds me of the more elaborate passages of the much superior "Transcendence", and a kind of homage to his most industrial phase in the interesting Dimensions, which includes a good solo by the always willing to collaborate Steve Vai.

Therefore, the fact that "Empath" didn't quite live up to expectations and that this "Lightwork" is a downright mediocre album, makes me think that the golden boy of prog metal is slowly losing his magic touch.

But hey... We'll always have his great albums from the past!

Best Tracks: Moonpeople (good chorus and great guitar riffs), Heartbreaker (wonderful guitar work and a central part that brings back some of the chaos and genius that made Devin great in the past) and the aforementioned Dimensions (these growls!!!)

My Rating: **
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Tupan wrote:
2 months ago
I like this relaxing album, but don't think it's great... Some of it is background music IMO, haha
UMUR wrote:
2 months ago
Opinions definitely differ :-). I think this one is pretty brilliant. Beautiful, mellow, melodic, but also relatively varied. Very nice album, which currently sits at the top of my top 10 for this year.

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