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Psychedelic/Space Rock

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4 stars In Search of Space Rock

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, the britishs space rockers begin to define their own personality as well as the space rock genre.

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 a softer version of "Master Of The Universe".

Concerning 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 style of the early 70s'. Stoning!

Modrigue | 4/5 |


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