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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.95 | 234 ratings

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3 stars Ginger Baker on drums with "Hawkwind". What a good surprise!

The sound of this album is very close to heavy rock (more than psychedelic by all means). The title track "Levitation" sounding even somewhat punkish ("Souxiee & The Banshees") while the chorus of "Motorway City" reminds me of "Suicide City" from the great "Doctors Of Madness. The instrumental and repetitive part is also very effective. Great beat, that's for sure.

The band is doing some incursion in the spacey repertoire they are more known for, but there is hardly anything interesting to catch during the 2'22" of "Psychosis" to be honest. Some noises, that's all. Fortunately, the pleasant "World Of Tiers" comes at the rescue. Superbly melodic to start, the song evolve into a great and upbeat rhythm.

Another short and spacey one : "Prelude" is not as bad as "Psychosis". A short version of some great "Tangerine Dream" tracks. Convincing.

You can hear and (almost) feel all the drum power during "Space Chase". Another dynamic & mighty track featuring some Emerson-like synth sounds. Ginger is just fantastic during this track. He is such a great drummer, no wonder about that. Wild, wild, wild.

In terms of quality, this album is well in line with most of their works so far. Nice to listen to but be aware that this one is on the hard edge of the scope (even if some excellent acoustic guitar can be heard in "The Fifth Second Of Forever"). The solid closing number is particularly brilliant during the second second (guitar solo is really excellent). A fine way to close after all (especially during the instrumental sections).

A good album, that's for sure. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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