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  • Audio CD
  • Label: Sensory
  • ASIN: B000LWL114
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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It's been a long wait for _Emergent_, which was delayed (and delayed!) for a long time before finally being released. Now that I have it, I can definitely say it is everything I expected it to be and more. While similar to Gordian Knot's first release, _Emergent_ is far more realized and astonishing. Fluid, heavy, bold - so pure in manifestation that it is nothing less than genius.
Although Gordian Knot was a project initiated by Chapman Stick player and bassist Sean Malone, it would be a mistake to credit the album's brilliance solely to him. Malone has recruited an amazing team of musicians, but they are embraced into this project rather than performing as session players. The chemistry between these musicians is so dense its like gasoline fumes distorting the air. Songs unfold in a musical arena where each player listens and adapts to the others, baiting with challenges and responding to twists. The music is clearly composed, but it has that spontaneous tension and exuberance of improvisation. You cannot describe this music in a nutshell. Different styles of music are so seamlessly integrated that picking them out is basically impossible. You really just have to listen. The instrumental interplay is so tight Robert Fripp would probably stop and take notice. _Emergent_ is heavier than _Gordian Knot_ was, but not really in a "metal" kind of way.
Consider the lineup: Sean Malone (bass, Stick, keys, guitar), Bill Bruford (drums, percussion), Jason Gobel (guitars), Sean Reinert (drums, percussion), Steve Hackett (guitars), Pat Masvidal (guitars), Jim Matheos (guitars). Careful, you're drooling.
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Beautifully written, flawlessly executed, Sean Malone's second Gordian Knot project "Emergent" is a stunning achievement. Once again, he has assembled a top-notch lineup (including notables Bill Bruford, Jim Matheos, and Steve Hackett, along with various Cynic alumni), and the excellence of the results simply cannot be understated. Malone has a talent for constructing compositions that are, first and foremost, beautiful, and the virtuosity of the respective musicians is at all times carefully directed towards the greater good of the composition. This is most clearly reflected in the solos, which are never about anything more than advancing the composition itself.
For those who are familiar with the first Gordian Knot project, this one is a bit heavier, largely a result of replacing Trey Gunn's Warr guitar with a greater emphasis on the guitars of Hackett, Matheos, Jason Gobel, and Paul Masvidal on one track. But in many ways this is a strength of this album, which has a more organic feel than the first. If this album is to be compared to anything, it perhaps fits best with some of the finest offerings of the classical genre.
But even these comparisons fail. This album is an absolute masterpiece, a stunning work that demands attention. I recommend Emergent in the strongest possible terms; among the hundreds of albums in my collection, I can think of none that I would recommend above it. You do yourself a service, and support an emerging musician of the highest caliber, by ordering it immediately.
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This is my first purchase of a CD in 2003 - And what a CD it is! This is just what the doctor ordered to start up the year! If you don't have this yet - get it now! It is brilliant! Exceptional! Sean Malone has it for sure. Also nice to see Hackett and Bruford working together again on a modern, non-nostalgic effort, shows that these guys still have it too. Jason Gobel and Jim Matheos play fantastic also. If you are a guitar player you should definately check this out. This CD smokes & burns with superior musicianship and writing!
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Sean Malone is a master at what he does. His skill is unsurpassed, and he shines like a supernova on Emergent. This is one of the finest examples of progressive rock you will likely ever hear. Hard to classify, and impossible to take out of your CD player, Emergent is an unbelievable album. By surrounding himself with some of the finest musicians on the planet, Bill Bruford, Steve Hackett..etc...Sean Malone has crafted a record that demands multiple listens. This is a technically perfect collection of music, from the hypnotic and cathartic Muttersprache to the staggeringly beautiful Grace, every song on this disk is a masterpiece. The musicianship put forth on Emergent is a perfect example of musical synergy, these guys can play. Without sparring back and forth for solo time Malone and crew weave intricate patterns and play off of each other so well at times it seems like they are a single entity. Every music fan should own this album. If you don't, get it now. You won't be disappointed.
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I stumbled upon Gordian Knot while looking for new music until the new Opeth CD comes out in August :) I really wanted something with vocals, but it has been hard trying to find a band such as these that also has decent vocals. (Had really hoped 'Cynic' - with three members shared with Gordian Knot - would be it, but I can't stand vocoders). Anyway, this is some excellent music. It is a lot like "Liquid Tension Experiment.". Some jazz thrown in for good measure. "Muttersprache" is quite rocking, while "Grace" is melodic...Wiki describes this song as similar to Bach in nature. Works for me.

I think if the Bad Plus and Opeth made an instrumental CD together, it would sound something like this (or even better ; ) !!).

I was able to hear the entire album on YouTube so I knew it was really something I wanted.
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