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ALIEN 4

Hawkwind

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.25 | 75 ratings

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Warthur
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4 stars With themes liberally borrowed from then-current alien abduction conspiracy theories, Alien 4 found Hawkwind's run of New Age-oriented albums steering back into rockier territory, with material from PXR 5, The Xenon Codex, and Quark, Strangeness and Charm being reworked alongside originals. New vocalist Ron Tree offers a bit of youthful energy, and the production is decent, but not quite as good as It Is the Business of the Future To Be Dangerous. On top of that, much of this material would end up getting a more lively rendition on the subsequent live album, Love In Space.

Still, for a concept album pondering whether the Greys are here to defend us against the New World Order or deliver us to it (and goodness knows there's plenty of those around), this is a fun trip which certainly demonstrates that even when Hawkwind are chasing the zeitgeist, they always put their own original spin on things.

Warthur | 4/5 |

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