Sean Malone is probably best known for being the bass player of long gone Death-progsters Cynic, and maybe to some for his involvement with the Fusion-band Gordian Knot. This instrumental solo album was made in between his period with these two very different groups.
This is a re-issue of an album from 1996, then released on a very small company, that made the album a public secret with a very small sale, except to hardcore bass-fans and –players. Supposedly it has been much requested, and is therefore re-issued with new mastering, package and an extra track from the Japanese version of the first Gordian Knot album.
So far, so good – is this then a lost gem (re)revealed, or…?
On the album is a mix of several styles, mostly being jazzy jazz/rock-fusion tracks though. Sure Malone (and his friends on this album) knows their way around his/their instrument, but in my opinion a lot of the tunes gets too predictable, too cheesy (f.ex. the “na-na-oh-oh” choir in "The Big Idea", or some of the keyboards on different tracks), or downright too boring, not really going anywhere nor offering anything not heard before.
I got this CD at the same time as Mörglbl (see review elsewhere on the page – it was album of the month February this year), and too bad for this, ‘cause against the fresh, powerful and slightly crazy Frenchmen in Mörglbl, this one doesn’t really stand a chance. In spite of very good musicians appearing, and therefore with some potential, it doesn’t really rock my world, although it has its moments. This one goes to the archives.