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ELECTRIC TEPEE

Hawkwind

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.67 | 82 ratings

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4 stars And then there were three

Some really good and inventive stuff on this 1982 offering, incredibly their seventeenth studio album. By now Hawkwind were reduced to a mere trio, with Dave Brock joined only by Alan Davey and Richard Chadwick. Originally released as the band's first (studio) double LP, it makes for a very good single CD.

"Sadness runs deep" and "Right to decide" are the best tracks. Both have what almost amounts to a dance beat, although the former does alternate between this, and slower verses. The latter is particularly infectious, and has you singing right along on first hearing. "A Hawkwind pop song?" I hear you say!

"Secret agent" has a similar pace, and with it's amusing "he's in a tight spot" observations is as close as the band gets to parody. Complementing the many beat laden tracks are a number of slower, more ambient pieces, such as "Blue shift", "Death of war", and "Going to Hawaii".

There are also few disappointingly dull tracks, but in all, this is an impressive piece of work.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |

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