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Psychedelic/Space Rock

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2 stars In Search Of Space (1971) is one of the iconic albums of the early '70s but I've never been able to appreciate its cosmic-tribal meanderings. Juxtaposing primitive single chord jams with trippy electronic soundscapes, space-rock pioneers Hawkwind fail to really take off on this album. For me, the level of musicianship falls short of excellence and songwriting seems to take a back seat, with unremitting hard rock riffs dominating the album. They do however manage to lay the groundwork for future sci-fi exploits with the space-themed Master Of The Universe.

The basic nature of the music is exemplified by You Shouldn't Do That, which features lengthy monotone jamming and a relentlessly pounding rhythm. Synthesizers warble and burble like percolating magma, but it's all too repetitive for my liking. You Know You're Only Dreaming is in a similar vein, but there's finally a bit of melodic interest with Master Of the Universe. This features a nice bass line and good guitarwork, some stop-start moments, and there's even a bit of phasing thrown in for good measure. The acoustic folk-rock of We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago is a lament for the direction mankind has taken, while Adjust Me consists of rather aimless noodling. Children Of The Sun is much better, featuring a slow riff and some spacey flute. Of the three bonus tracks the classic Silver Machine is the obvious highlight, but it can't save the album from mediocrity. In my opinion there are far better Hawkwind albums out there for prog fans, most notably those involving Simon House. I think this one is best left to fans and collectors.

seventhsojourn | 2/5 |


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