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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.75 | 115 ratings

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3 stars Hawkwind were reduced to a trio for this album, prompting them to make more use of sequencers and random sound samples, but rather than sabotaging the album this did in fact prompt the band to reinvigorate their sound a little. The opening LSD is an enjoyable track which shows a fair amount of influence from Hawkwind's successors as kings of hippie festival space rock, the Ozric Tentacles, but with enough of a harder, heavier edge that we don't forget we're listening to a Hawkwind track. Then it melts into the calm Blue Shift, a somewhat New Agey instrumental with enough twinkling synthesiser noodling in the background to keep things interesting, before more chaotic, dissonant noises disturb the tranquility to announce Death of War.

Much of the album continues in this sort of vein - a continuous musical trip with a heavier reliance on synthesisers than any preceding Hawkwind album (with the possible exception of the Church of Hawkwind side project). On the whole, the album is pleasant enough, though several of the musical ideas are drawn out rather too long and try my patience at points. Not a classic Hawkwind album, and certainly not particularly representative of the band's sound, but worth a go if the idea of Hawkwind listening to a bunch of Ozric Tentacles albums and going New Age under the influence sounds appealing to you.

Warthur | 3/5 |


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