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PXR 5

Hawkwind

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

2.91 | 116 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars Spacey or psychedelic music have been replaced some years ago with new wave or even punkish sounds .

None the less, "Hawkwind" were able to still produce interesting albums which can be accepted by the early fans only if they had adopted an open minded attitude towards these two musical genres (which was not a common thing to do).

A song as "Death Trap" is almost a punk anthem. The beat, the raw sound and the fury of the instruments are such a powerful combination. A great start even if prog is totally out of purpose here.

"Jack Of Shadows" is also totally in-line with its era. A fresh and "jumping" song. Catchy, simple, straight forward music. Most of the songs from this work follow this framework (at least for the simple and straight forward characteristics...).

Actually, this album is pretty similar to "25 Years On". Inspiration is not at its best to be honest. "Infinity" breaks with the overall mood. Almost a ballad, but somewhat weak IMO. The first spacey and disjointed one is the weak "Life Form". Press nextT to avoid boredom, boredom.

Over eight minutes of the repetitive and uninspired "Robot" is not always easy to digest but fortunately the next and again fully new wave oriented "High Rise" is much better: a great crescendo song (I like these very much) which features some gvery good keyboards and guitar. Catchy, crafted, original. At times Calvert almost sounds as Ferry. One of my fave here.

This is not one of the best "Hawkwind" album. Average. I will downgrade it to two stars (from five out of ten). Difficult to call this one a good album. Only two great songs (which was already the case for "25 Years On").

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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