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THE XENON CODEX

Hawkwind

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.25 | 71 ratings

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Easy Livin
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4 stars Undervalued

Released in 1988 "The Xeon Codex", is somewhat undervalued.

The album starts inauspiciously enough, with a typical Hawkwind lead off track, "The war I survived", which pounds along in pretty much the usual fashion. While bearing the familiar Hawkwind trademarks, the track is rather prosaic.

The pace is soon slowed down though for "Wastelands of sleep", a haunting, ambient piece with a distant vocal. Skip past the nondescript "Neon skyline" and you arrive at "Lost chronicles", with its superb piano then guitar sections. These lead into an upping of the pace again for the "Lives of great men" ("Palace Springs") type conclusion.

Things drift a bit after that, although "Tides" is a pleasant ambient piece, until "Sword of the east". This is a soft centred piece of driving rock which raises the needle on the quality assessment meter once more. "Good evening" is an amusing piece of pop filler to close.

Three great tracks here, which in terms of length account for a fair bit of the album. This "The Xenon Codex" is one of Hawkwind's better offerings.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |

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