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HAWKWIND

Hawkwind

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.33 | 190 ratings

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Atkingani
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3 stars HAWKWIND's debut studio album, a cornerstone indeed but here they sound many times as if they were another band, well, at least not with the HAWKWIND we're used to. It's obvious they were still searching their space.

Consequently the most noticeable feature in this album is its unbalancing characteristic; we find nice folk tunes in 'Hurry on sundown', a radio friendly song, and 'Mirror of illusion', agreeable but weaker than the previously cited; hard-rock segments in 'Be yourself', not a great track anyway; experimentalism and psychedelia in either parts of 'Paranoia'; space-rock with symphonic intro in 'The reason is?'. The lengthy 'Seeing it as you really are' sums it all, a sometimes confusing blend of many possible rock sub-genres.

The bonus tracks on the 1996 CD release add few, but cover of FLOYD's 'Cymbaline' and a different, less folkish and still pleasant version of 'Hurry on sundown' are very enjoyable. 'Bring it on home' is a hearable blues-rock and 'Kiss on the velvet whip' brings some late 60s tunes to the table.

Strange output; as said previously the doubt remains even after repeated hearings if they are really the band we used to like, very understandable if we check that it's only the beginning of their adventure through galaxies and different worlds. Being HAWKWIND, I'll increase the rating from collectors/fans only to fairly good - the essentiality I'll leave to the hearer's mind.

Atkingani | 3/5 |

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