Metal Review – The Devin Townsend Project – Ghost (2011)

The Devin Townsend Project - GhostReleased as the fourth and final chapter in The Devin Townsend Project, this is another one of my most anticipated albums of 2011 and it did not disappoint in any way. As expected, The Devin Townsend Project’s Ghost is a much more mellow piece than most of Devin Townsend’s previous work. If you are looking for something like Strapping Young Lad, you will be sorely disappointed with Ghost, but if you are looking for more of a snapshot of Devin Townsend’s brilliant mind, you will be in love with Ghost.

Devin Townsend’s ambition seems to know no bounds and his much is limitless. Like I mentioned before, his albums are basically a snapshot into his mind. His music is the perfect example of someone who writes what they feel. He follows no patterns and has no preconceived notions of what the album should sound like. That is why we have so many different elements of his psyche when we hear his music.

With Ghost, we have everything from a Pink Floyd-esque melodic tone to some rockabilly to some solid acoustic work. Overall, the album is a solid piece of work and I, for one, am thankful that we have Devin Townsend making music the way that he wants to.

From the opening track, Fly, where we are treated to a clean tone that sets the pace for the album throughout each individual track, the album weaves through a dreamlike state that will satisfy most music fans. Fly is such a mellow tune with amazingly mellow vocals which are so simplistic, but fit the mood perfectly. It feels like we are hearing the inner soul of Devin Townsend in its entirety the way that he was meant to be. Ghost is Devin Townsend, drug and alcohol free, utterly sound of mind and body. He is, in his own words, in “complete control” and this is startling proof that he is starting to master the art of sober songwriting.

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