Sound — 9
The blending and sound effects that Devy is famous for cuts no corners here. Anneke is on this album again, and once again, she doesn't take away from the album. It has a very upbeat (and almost spiritual) feeling to it. Devin said he wanted this album to be a commercial hit, and for him, I think he achieved it. It's pretty easy to the ears so newcomers can enjoy. But there's PLENTY of the original Devy here to satisfy long time listeners.
Lyrics — 9
If you know Devy then you know he's a pretty comical guy. Saying that, it's always in his music ("Ziltoid", "Deconstruction", etc.). Now there's not so much comedy, but overall it still has a positive vibe to it. His use of choirs mixed with his questionable lyrics make for a unique experience. He still shows his soft side in songs like "Where We Belong", "Lessons", "Save Our Now", and "Hold On". But at the same time he reminds you he's Devin Townsend in songs like "Kingdom" and "Grace".
Overall Impression — 10
Now if you're a Devin Townsend fan, then you already know what to expect. Now add more to your expectations. This is Devin's biggest hit yet. This commercial sounding album is bound to get him more followers. With the help of Anneke and the Choir, Devin achieves limits that you would have never thought possible for him. His awesome use of layering, track leaking (when he makes it sound like one continuous song), and psychedelic riffs and structures have you hitting rewind and going back to almost every song. From the hook in "Liberation", to the intro in "Grace", "Epicloud" will leave you with a boondoggled face while banging your head like a retarded tiger all the way through the album.