Album 0143: The Devin Townsend Project – Ghost

Release Date: 2011
Genre: Progressive Rock/Ambient

Tracklisting:

1. Fly (04:14)
2. Heart Baby (05:55)
3. Feather (11:30)
4. Kawaii (02:52)
5. Ghost (06:24)
6. Blackberry (04:53)
7. Monsoon (04:37)
8. Dark Matters (01:57)
9. Texada (09:30)
10. Seams (04:04)
11. Infinite Ocean (08:01)
12. As You Were (08:47)

Total Length: 01:12:44

Fly completely sets the tone for the album. It’s relaxed and calm, and presents no pressure. It’s all beauty. The woodwinds are gorgeous and Devin’s vocals work wonders. Heart Baby kind of has a bad placement, it’s in between two fantastic songs. It is good in its own right, but I really can’t help while listening to it to just think of what’s coming next. Feather is the standout track of this album, it’s what convinced to really like this album in the first place (what can I say, the idea of Devin doing a new age album didn’t appeal to me at first) and is incredibly gorgeous. It’s probably one of the most uplifting pieces of modern music I’ve heard.

Kawaii is a nice little song with a cool vocal line but that is all of it that really sticks with me. Ghost has a slow intro, but I really love when the guitar and drums come in. It’s so happy and poppy and the complete opposite of what you would expect from the song title. Sadly I usually forget about this song, but I think that is changing. Blackberry is more folky, in the Americana sense. This sets it apart and is pretty good on its own, but the real gold standard this song sets is the unbelievably amazing feat of Devin managing to put some slightly harsh vocals in this song. I didn’t think I was really hearing this the first time, it’s incredible.

Monsoon is entirely instrumental, and actually has some pretty cool stuff. A nice piece to listen through. Dark Matters has some cool keyboards but I don’t really get its existence otherwise. Texada however uses the same type of neat keyboard and synth sounds to greater effect, so I like it a ton more. Seams is fairly good, there’s really not too much I can say about it.

Infinite Ocean seems to have a title referencing some of Devin’s past works, but I’m not familiar enough with those to know if it musically as well. Pretty relaxing track, though it feels like it goes on a bit long. As You Were is some of the same. It brings the acoustic guitar back but I honestly feel like the album loses all momentum here right at the end. Even ending with Seams would have been better. These aren’t bad tracks, but they aren’t anywhere near up to par with the rest of the album. That said, I expected to like this album of the four the least, and that is definitely not the case. When things are good on here they are ridiculously good.

Final Rating: 8/10

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