Devin Townsend is one of the most prolific and highly talented musicians in the metal community today. Either as a producer or with his own projects he really manages to make his mark. One of his latest ventures is an album called Ki. It’s something you wouldn’t expect from someone with his well deserved reputation for manic loudness.
Ki is different and that is exactly what I like about this album. It’s laidback in nature and very much influenced by blues, funk, swing and jazz. Yes dear reader, Ki is Devin Townsend in a relaxing and at times even esoteric mood. In terms of style and overall atmosphere it comes closest to Synchestra, but even then Ki is altogether a very different kind of animal.
Devy’s new approach sounds inspired and this comes forth in great songs like Disrupter, Gato, Heaven Send, Winter and Lady Helen. A special mention goes out to Trainfire where Devin does a great Elvis impersonation. He really manages to get away with it. Man, the guy is a friggin’ genius!
Production wise Ki is also something you wouldn’t expect from Devin Townsend. This album sounds really spacious and dynamic, instead of his trademark wall of sound. Nice!
Devin Townsend really touches new ground with Ki. I sincerely hope that he will continue in this direction. Great effort!
written by Raymond Westland