After overcoming his apparent addictions Devin Townsend set out to work on new material. The result of those sessions are four distinctly different albums, entitled Ki, Addicted, Deconstruction and Ghost. The first two have been released, the latter two are scheduled for some time next year. Let’s turn our attention to the second instalment, entitled Addiction.
This album is very much in line with what you can expect from your average Devin Townsend solo effort. Most songs are straightforward in nature and some are actually quite catchy. This is especially the case with Bend It Like A Bender and Hyperdrive. Devin even attempts to do a pop song in the form of Ih-Ah. In my opinion one of the lesser songs on Addicted, but it doesn’t feel weird viewed in the overall context of the album.
This record also has its heavier moments in the form of Universe In A Ball, Supercrush and Numbered. They have a somewhat militant industrial feel over them, reminding me of a poppier version of Rammstein.
The vocal duties on Addicted are shared by Devin himself with Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering). Their distinctive vocal styles add a lot of diversity and character to this album. I certainly hope this won’t be their last joint venture.
The music on Addicted is multi-layered and the production is very dense. Indeed, the typical HevyDevy trademarks.
If you’re into the Devin Townsend solo outputs like Ocean Machine, Accelerated Revolution and Synchestra, you’ll certainly fall in love with Addicted. This is very solid and memorable effort, but not a spectacular one. A bit unfair perhaps, however from a musical genius like Devin Townsend you expect nothing less than utter brilliance.
written by Raymond Westland