Addicted (Devin Townsend Project album)

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Addicted
Studio album by Devin Townsend Project
Released November 17, 2009 (2009-11-17)
Recorded May 6 – September 8, 2009
Genre Progressive metal, industrial metal, alternative metal, hard rock
Length 46:49
Label HevyDevy, InsideOut Music
Producer Devin Townsend
Devin Townsend chronology
Ki
(2009)
Addicted
(2009)
Deconstruction
(2011)
Alternative cover
Slipcase cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Blistering 8.5/10 stars[2]
Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles 9/10 stars[3]
DPRP 8/10 stars[4]
Metal Storm 9/10 stars[5]
mX 4/5 stars[6]
Rock Sound 9/10 stars[7]

Addicted is the twelfth studio album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend, and the second of five albums in the Devin Townsend Project series. The album was released on November 17, 2009, on Townsend's independent record label HevyDevy Records. The album was written and produced by Townsend, and features Ryan Van Poederooyen, Brian Waddell, Mark Cimino, and Anneke van Giersbergen.[8]

Background[edit]

Addicted is the second of five albums in the Devin Townsend Project series, each featuring a different lineup and theme.[9] Addicted was written and produced by Townsend. The album features vocals by Townsend along with Anneke van Giersbergen, a former member of Dutch band The Gathering. Brian Waddell and Ryan Van Poederooyen of the former Devin Townsend Band play bass and drums, respectively, while Mark Cimino plays guitar alongside Townsend.[8] Recording for the album began May 6, 2009.[citation needed] The next album in the series is Deconstruction, which was released on June 20, 2011.

Music[edit]

According to Townsend, Addicted is an album of "melodic" and "danceable" music but is "much heavier" than his previous albums.[citation needed] Townsend has compared the album's songwriting to his more accessible songs, such as "Life" from Ocean Machine: Biomech (1997), "Stagnant" from Terria (2001), and "Material" from Physicist (2000).[10] The album's production style was directly influenced by Nickelback's 2008 album Dark Horse.[10][11] Townsend has quipped that "Some parts of it sound like Meshuggah, some parts of it sound like Boney M."[10] Addicted includes a new version of the song "Hyperdrive" from Townsend's album Ziltoid the Omniscient (2007), with lead vocals by van Giersbergen, who has performed a cover of the song with her former band Agua de Annique. "Resolve!" was "directly influenced by The Wildhearts" and it bears a resemblance to "Vanilla Radio" from The Wildhearts Must Be Destroyed.[12] Unlike Townsend's previous albums, which were usually in open C tuning, most of the songs on Addicted were played in open B tuning. "Universe in a Ball!" was played in open B, "Hyperdrive!" in open C (to accommodate the vocal range of van Giersbergen, as opposed to the version of "Hyperdrive" that appeared on the album Ziltoid the Omniscient which was recorded in a different key), and "Ih-Ah!" and "The Way Home!" in open C.[citation needed]

Release and artwork[edit]

Addicted was released on Townsend's independent record label HevyDevy Records on November 17, 2009, through their website. Pre-orders went on sale October 6, 2009, with special-edition packages through Century Media's CM Distro website.[13] The album was released on November 13, 2009, in Germany,[14] November 16, 2009, in the rest of Europe, and November 17, 2009, in North America by InsideOut Music.[15] It was released in Japan through Marquee/Avalon on December 16, 2009.[16]

The album features art by Travis Smith, who created the album art for Townsend's previous albums Terria and Accelerated Evolution.[17] The InsideOut releases are sold in a slipcase bearing Smith's Devin Townsend Project logo.[18]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Devin Townsend, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Addicted!"   5:37
2. "Universe in a Ball!"   4:09
3. "Bend It Like Bender!"   3:37
4. "Supercrush!"   5:13
5. "Hyperdrive!"   3:36
6. "Resolve!"   3:12
7. "Ih-Ah!"   3:45
8. "The Way Home!" (Townsend, Waddell) 3:14
9. "Numbered!"   4:55
10. "Awake!!"   9:44
Total length:
46:49

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Anneke van Giersbergen – additional vocals, lead vocals on "Supercrush!", "Hyperdrive!", "Resolve!" and "Numbered!"
  • Dave Young – additional keyboards
  • Susanne Richter – additional vocals on "Ih-Ah!"
  • Rob Cunningham, Hugh Gilmartin, John Rafferty, Brian Johnson, Steve Lobmeier; Dev, Beav, Ryan and Mark – gang vocals
  • Travis Smith – art

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Finnish Albums Chart 36[19]
U.S. Billboard 200 168[20]
U.S. Heatseekers 2[21]
U.S. Independent Albums 22[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Freeman, Phil (October 2009). "Addicted – Review". Allmusic. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  2. ^ Findlay, Tom (November 2009). "Addicted – Review". Blistering. Retrieved November 16, 2009. 
  3. ^ Begai, Carl (November 2009). "Addicted – Review". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. Retrieved November 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ de Val, Tom; van der Vorst, Bart Jan (November 2007). "Addicted - Review". DPRP. Retrieved November 17, 2009. 
  5. ^ Anderson, Baz (November 2007). "Addicted - Review". Metal Storm. Retrieved November 17, 2009. 
  6. ^ Newstead, Al (November 26, 2009). "Addicted". mX (News Corporation). 
  7. ^ Sadler, Darren (November 2009). "Addicted - Review". Rock Sound. Retrieved November 17, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Devin Townsend Project: Addicted North American release date announced". Blabbermouth.net. September 23, 2009. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Devin Townsend to return this summer with 'Ki'". Blabbermouth.net. March 20, 2009. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c Genghis & Ragman (May 10, 2009). "Podcast #80 – Idol". The Right to Rock. 
  11. ^ Rausch, Jan (April 7, 2009). "Video interview with Devin Townsend". Toazted. 
  12. ^ Addicted (booklet). The Devin Townsend Project. HevyDevy Records. 2009. 
  13. ^ "Addicted Exclusive Specially Priced Pre-Order Packages Now Available". HevyDevy Records. October 6, 2009. Retrieved November 21, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Devin Townsend Project – Addicted (German)". InsideOut Music (Germany). Retrieved April 28, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Devin Townsend Project – Addicted". InsideOut Music. Retrieved November 21, 2009. 
  16. ^ "アディクテッド/デヴィン・タウンゼンド・プロジェクト". Oricon. Retrieved November 21, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Travis Smith artwork". AllMusic. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Devin Townsend Project – Addicted". InsideOut Music (Shop). Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  19. ^ "Suomen virallinen lista". 
  20. ^ "THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT's 'Addicted' Lands On BILLBOARD Chart". November 25, 2009. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Heatseekers Albums: Dec 05, 2009". Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Independent Albums: Page 1". Retrieved September 3, 2013.