Though they have perhaps taken too many acid trips far too literally (if such a thing is possible) and wandered deep into the depths of a truly wired cosmically collective psychedelic religion, Emergent Evolution somehow manage to (mostly) escape the cliché-ridden claptrap of most admittedly hippie units on their self-titled debut. Their sound is dense and, for the most part, derivative, but rarely ventures into soulless up-tempo funk of many of their contemporaries. Instead, the band relies on an easy Grateful Dead/Allman Brothers Band space groove. While guitarists Mark Berguland and Todd Patnaude do engage in numerous Allman-like harmonized guitar parts on songs like "Love the Way You Feel" and "Hot Roddin'," there is something more frenzied and teeth-gnashing about EE's attempts. Another element which adds greatly to the band's sound is keyboardist Jason Hedrington, whose analog electronic swells blurp and vibrate like a lower-grade version of the Disco Biscuits' Aron Magner. The band has their sound together better than most of the bands playing the same circuit.
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AllMusic Review by Jesse Jarnow