Hawkwind - X In Search Of Space CD (album) cover




Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.55 | 276 ratings

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4 stars As the second album from Hawkwind, In Search Of Space clearly shows a change of musical direction and a big evolution for the band. The sound is rawer, more agressive, more powerful and floating. However, jazz inflences are still present. In fact, Hawkwind begins to define its own personality and touch.

The opener, You Shouldn't Do That features nothing but simply 16 minutes pieces of heavy jazz rock psychedelia. Pulsing bass playing, energic sax, electronic effects, bizarre vocals and catchy guitar reverbs make this song unique in terms of spaciness. You Know You're Only Dreaming introduces a softer music to then develop a kind of ambient sonic jungle gathering various types of intruments. Very enjoyable. Then comes the killer track of the disc, one of the first space metal song in history, the destroying Master Of The Universe. Slower than its different future live versions, the melody is terrific and could easily serve as an anthem for galaxy warriors. The introduction with instrument appearing one by one is great, vocals brings a mystical touch and jazzy improvisations in the middle of the song work very well. Mindblowing ! Back to calm with the acoustic oriental and relaxing We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago, and then to freak'n'roll with the weird acid Adjust Me. The record finishes with Children Of The Sun, which ressembles to a softer version of Master Of The Universe.

About the bonus tracks, they are well worth the try. Seven By Seven and Born To Go are two Hawkwind's essential powerful space rock songs that will be played live on Space Ritual. And... there is also the hit single Silver Machine !

In Search Of Space is one of the most rock-oriented album from the space crew (with Doremi Fasol Latido) and develops Hawkwind's trademark sound of the 70s'. Stoning !

Modrigue | 4/5 |


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