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Psychedelic/Space Rock

2.90 | 123 ratings

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3 stars Hawkwind - PXR 5 (1979)

Ok that was a fun little album to listen to. Recently I've been putting Hawkwind's lesser known albums on my mp3 player and more often then not I'm pleasantly surprised by their post 1975 output. I like some of their records but even on a good quality vinyl and stereo they tend to sound pretty poor. Even the otherwise interesting Warrior on the Edge of Time sound unbearable at moments.

Trying to keep up with the times this Hawkwind album is a strange combination of songs. Opener Death Trap could have been a punk anthem. Bare and 'local sounding' in a pleasant way. The psychedelic glamour folkrock on Jack of Shadows and High Rise remind me of classic Bowie records. Plain lovely. Other tracks are classic simple Hawkwind tracks with sci-fi lyrics and simple - though catchy - musical themes. The full landscape synths that are absent on the first two tracks will be there on most other songs. Some tracks are live recordings. I like all tracks, but the different production styles / sounds don't help but creating a compilation feel, in stead of that of a coherent rock album. On the remastered version the overall sound quality is however relatively good.

Conclusion. This was more enjoyable then expected, perfect music for traveling in places with background noise. I'll give it a warm three stars for quality, but I myself will get a four star enjoyment out of this one. Furthermore, this will motivate me to dig a little deeper in the Hawkwind catalogue.

friso | 3/5 |


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