Transcendence is the latest offering from The Devin Townsend Project and although it’s not necessarily a bad album, it just doesn’t seem to pack the same sort of punch as his previous releases.
There’s nothing that immediately grabs your interest as the album gets going, and whilst it’s still listenable, it seems to lack that special spark that the other releases have, and as the album progresses, it sounds more like something you’d stick on for a bit of background noise rather than something that would serve as a more engaging listen – and it’s a real shame.
That’s not to say Transcendence is a write-off. It still features some good songs, with Offer Your Light being one of the stronger ones. There’s a fantastic energy and pace to it, with an earworm of a synth line that slots in nicely next to the passionately delivered vocals, and it’s a real gem of a track that definitely stands out from the crowd.
Although this album doesn’t quite showcase Devin at his absolute best, it’s still a decent listen – but this time round, it may perhaps be best appreciated in a live environment.