Devin Townsend – Lightwork: “Wonderful!”


Born from materials that Devin Townsend wrote through the pandemic, Lightwork finds him in a reflective, optimistic temper. Unusually, the one-man prog powerhouse introduced in a co-producer for the album within the type of GGGarth Richardson, whose credit embrace Rage In opposition to The Machine, Melvins and Biffy Clyro. The results of their collaboration isn’t what may be anticipated given Richardson’s in depth background in heavy rock. Lightwork builds on the course Townsend pointed in the direction of on Empath, with much less emphasis on mammoth guitar riffs and venturing into the territory of progressive pop. 

Sonically, Townsend maintains his trademark wall of sound, like a proggy model of Phil Spector minus the evil undercurrent. It’s an enormous, deep combine, with devices layered upon one another measured in fathoms, massive, punchy drums, and huge swathes of strings and synthesisers. The opening Moonpeople establishes the vibe, with Townsend relating falsetto along with his vocals, a cheerfully catchy refrain hook, and lyrics that introduce the album’s themes about self-discovery and popping out of the darkness, metaphorically addressing all of the uncertainties of the pandemic. 

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