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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Devin Townsend's maniacal/wacky tendencies duel with his instinct for skull-crushing heaviness on Addicted, the second in a planned trilogy of albums he's put together since retiring his ultimate metal band, Strapping Young Lad, a few years back. Anneke van Giersbergen, formerly of the Gathering, is Townsend's vocal partner throughout much of the album, creating a Lacuna Coil-esque effect as he roars and she croons and the guitar riffs ride almost disco/techno rhythms. "Bend It Like Bender" is a particularly weird blend of metal and Hi-NRG, something Rammstein might come up with after a weekend of carousing in Berlin's most flamboyant discos. Other tracks, like ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Devin Townsend's maniacal/wacky tendencies duel with his instinct for skull-crushing heaviness on Addicted, the second in a planned trilogy of albums he's put together since retiring his ultimate metal band, Strapping Young Lad, a few years back. Anneke van Giersbergen, formerly of the Gathering, is Townsend's vocal partner throughout much of the album, creating a Lacuna Coil-esque effect as he roars and she croons and the guitar riffs ride almost disco/techno rhythms. "Bend It Like Bender" is a particularly weird blend of metal and Hi-NRG, something Rammstein might come up with after a weekend of carousing in Berlin's most flamboyant discos. Other tracks, like "Supercrush" and the mostly acoustic "Ih-Ah," offer a kind of anthemic pop crunch that could rocket up the charts in an alternate universe. When he's not screaming his lungs out, Townsend is a hell of a singer, and his voice intertwines with van Giersbergen's in a very European way -- many of Addicted's songs have the feel of a metallic Ace of Base, and that's not actually a bad thing. But then there's a song like "Numbered" or the nearly ten-minute album closer, "Awake," to smash the listener's skull to powder all over again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/2009
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • UPC: 885417070224
  • Catalog Number: 70702
  • Sales rank: 45,359

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Addicted - Devin Townsend (5:35)
  2. 2 Universe in a Ball - Devin Townsend (4:07)
  3. 3 Bend It Like Bender - Devin Townsend (3:35)
  4. 4 Supercrusin - Devin Townsend (5:11)
  5. 5 Hyperdrive - Devin Townsend (3:34)
  6. 6 Resolve - Devin Townsend (3:10)
  7. 7 Ih-Ah - Devin Townsend (3:43)
  8. 8 The Way Home - Devin Townsend (3:12)
  9. 9 Numbered - Devin Townsend (4:53)
  10. 10 Awake - Devin Townsend (9:44)
  11. 11 Om
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Devin Townsend Project Primary Artist
Devin Townsend Guitar, Vocals, electronics, Indexed Contributor
Anneke van Giersbergen Vocals
Rob Cunningham Vocals
Brian Waddell Bass
John Rafferty Vocals
Marc Cimino Guitar, Vocals
Suzanne Richter Vocals
Ryan Van Poederooyen Drums, Vocals
Hugh Gilmartin Vocals
Technical Credits
Devin Townsend Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer
Sheldon Zaharko Engineer
Ray Fulber Engineer
Troy Glessner Mastering
Brian Waddell Composer
Travis Smith Artwork, Layout
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    More commercial than previous solo projects and is beautifully heavy

    Addicted is the second album of the four-part series under the Devin Townsend Project pseudonym, essentially a project featuring Townsend and musicians he hand-picks for each album, which is really cool. Ki, the first part released six months prior, serves as a delectable appetizer with mostly tranquil listening. It's controlled and teases with letting the wrath loose, and Addicted picks up where Ki left off, the perfect second course. The building anticipation in the title track is heavy. It's exciting.

    There's a plethora of sounds and protruding from them all is the experienced, yet virtually unheard of Anneke van Giersbergen, female Dutch singer. Her gentle voice is everywhere - sometimes in the background, sometimes in the forefront, and she surprisingly complements Townsend's wild side. One song that features her alone is the revamped "Hyperdrive" from Ziltoid the Omniscient, formerly with Townsend's vocals, but now with Giersbergen's.

    While Townsend's subtler stuff like Ki doesn't go unappreciated, it's the radical stuff that most people really love, and Addicted brings back the "wall of sound" but in a more melodic fashion. Each and every song is catchy with metal elements. Most songs are "Material"-like (Physicist) with a whirlwind of layers & effects, varying degrees of Townsend vocal intensities, and just plain greatness. The exception is the relatively tame "Ih-Ah!" and ironically it's one of the better songs. Try not to sing along.

    Addicted is more commercial than previous solo projects and is beautifully heavy. It's very easy to get in to and will likely go down as one of Townsend's most approachable albums.

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