Header

ALIEN 4

Hawkwind

Psychedelic/Space Rock


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Hawkwind Alien 4 album cover
2.88 | 52 ratings | 8 reviews | 16% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential


Write a review
Buy HAWKWIND Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Abducted (2:45)
2. Alien (I Am) (7:46)
3. Reject Your Human Touch (2:20)
4. Blue Skin (7:07)
5. Beam Me Up (4:11)
6. Vega (3:51)
7. Xenomorph (4:52)
8. Journey (3:12)
9. Sputnik Stan (7:03)
10. Kapal (5:11)
11. Festivals (6:50)
12. Death Trap (3:57)
13. Wastelands (1:22)
14. Are You Losing Your Mind? (2:33)

Total Time: 63:00
15. Space Sex (Appears on the Vinyl release only)

Lyrics

Search HAWKWIND Alien 4 lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search HAWKWIND Alien 4 tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Dave Brock / guitar, keyboards, vocals
- Richard Chadwick / drums, vocals
- Alan Davey / bass, keyboards, vocals
- Ron Tree / vocals

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
and to Eetu Pellonpää for the last updates
Edit this entry

HAWKWIND MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy HAWKWIND Alien 4 Music


Hall of the Mountain GrillHall of the Mountain Grill
Extra tracks · Import · Remastered
Emd Int'l 2001
Audio CD$4.38
$5.97 (used)
Space RitualSpace Ritual
Parlophone 2001
Audio CD$6.83
$9.78 (used)
Warrior On The Edge Of Time - Expanded EditionWarrior On The Edge Of Time - Expanded Edition
Cleopatra 2013
Audio CD$20.30
$31.52 (used)
Chronicle of the Black SwordChronicle of the Black Sword
Import · Remastered
Cherry Red 2009
Audio CD$10.92
$8.00 (used)
Electric TeepeeElectric Teepee
Import · Remastered
26F RECORDS 2009
Audio CD$10.83
$10.82 (used)
In Search of SpaceIn Search of Space
Parlophone 2001
Audio CD$4.38
$3.53 (used)
Hawkwind (180 Gram Vinyl)Hawkwind (180 Gram Vinyl)
4 Men With Beards 2010
Vinyl$13.79
$17.50 (used)
OnwardOnward
Limited Edition · Import
Eastworld Records 2012
Audio CD$8.19
$10.98 (used)
Warrior on the Edge of TimeWarrior on the Edge of Time
Cleopatra 2013
Audio CD$10.91
$19.72 (used)
Space Ritual 1Space Ritual 1
Remastered
Back On Black 2011
Vinyl$21.89
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
HAWKWIND THE RIDICULOUS ROADSHOW TOUR ADVERT 15X12" US $19.38 Buy It Now 49m 29s
HAWKWIND - HAWKWIND [BONUS TRACKS] - NEW CD US $51.07 Buy It Now 59m 14s
HAWKWIND S/T LP GATEFOLD Motorhead Pink Fairies Dave Brock Liberty LP UK US $8.88 [5 bids]
1h 27m
HAWKWIND Hall of the Mountain Grill LP Motorhead Pink Fairies Dave Brock LP UK US $8.88 [2 bids]
1h 30m
Codename Hawkwind by Hawkwind (CD, Oct-1999, 2 Discs, Pilot) US $9.99 Buy It Now 1h 38m
Hawkwind Friends & Relations Vinyl LP Rare - EX US $15.97 Buy It Now 1h 46m
Hawkwind SELF TITLED Debut Album +4 Bonus Songs GATEFOLD 180g NEW VINYL 2 LP US $33.99 Buy It Now 1h 52m
SPACE RITUAL:SONIC SAVAGES,2005,12" EP,HAWKWIND,SRR0002EP,UNPLAYED US $1.60 [1 bids]
2h 7m
Hawkwind Space Ritual vintage 1990s T SHIRT UNWORN Extra Large US $16.96 [8 bids]
2h 20m
HAWKWIND LIBERTY LBS 83348 GATEFOLD DAVE BROCK HAWKLORDS GATEFOLD DEBUT ALBUM LP US $16.13 [1 bids]
2h 27m
HAWKWIND - URBAN GUERRILLA UK 7" RSD 2013 RECORD STORE DAY US $19.36 Buy It Now 2h 54m
Hawkwind - The Xenon Codex (CD, 1988 GWR Records) UK Import Rock US $13.95 Buy It Now 3h 5m
Hawkwind Spacehawks Limited Edition 180gram Coloured Gatefold Vinyl 2LP Set US $40.36 Buy It Now 3h 7m
HAWKWIND Urban Guerilla 40th Anniversary RSD 2013 Limited Edition 7 Inch US $16.13 Buy It Now 3h 9m
HAWKWIND IN SEARCH OF SPACE RARE ORIG ISRAEL ISRAELI LP DIFF NOT GATEFOLD COVER US $125.00 Buy It Now 3h 10m
CD Double: Hawkwind : Atomhenge '76 US $22.83 Buy It Now 3h 15m
CD Double: Hawkwind : Knights Of Space Live London 2007 : Sealed US $13.06 Buy It Now 3h 15m
Hawkwind/Budgie-1981 poster size press advert US $16.13 Buy It Now 3h 22m
HAWKWIND: This Is...do Not Panic LP (UK 2 LPs, gatefold cover, few light sleeve US $25.00 Buy It Now 3h 58m
HAWKWIND-Hall Of The Mountain Grill VINYL LP UK ISSUE US $34.70 Buy It Now 4h
ELOY TIME TO TURN SUPER HARD TO FIND ON BLACK VINYL UK IMPORT/HAWKWIND/MASTODON US $85.00 Buy It Now 4h 24m
HAWKWIND - IN SEARCH OF SPACE NEW CD US $16.18 Buy It Now 4h 29m
TRASH The ROOTS Of PUNK Mojo IGGY POP T.Rex NEW YORK DOLLS Hawkwind, Can, Jook US $6.55 [0 bids]
US $9.99 Buy It Now
4h 34m
HAWKWIND Doremi Fasol Latido UNITED ARTISTS 1972 original pressing NEAR MINT OOP US $84.95 [0 bids]
4h 45m
Hawkwind & Man 1974 Concert Tin Badge Pin The 1999 Tour VGC RARE!!!!!! US $12.73 Buy It Now 5h 6m
NIK TURNER Space Ritual Tye Dye T-Shirt Very Limited (ex-Hawkwind) size Small US $34.99 Buy It Now 7h 16m
Inner City Unit ?"Passout" RID 002 (1980) 12" LP Hawkwind NM Condition US $32.97 Buy It Now 7h 37m
HAWKWIND Space Ritual vinyl 2x LP ORIG 1973 UA-LA120-H2 US $59.95 Buy It Now 7h 57m
Prog Psych Rock 9 CD Lot Hawkwind Captain Beyond Shadow Gallery Explorers Club US $59.99 Buy It Now 8h 19m
Hawkwind : Quark Strangeness and Charm CD US $12.14 Buy It Now 9h 21m
Hawkwind - It Is The Business Of The F NEW CD US $20.69 Buy It Now 10h 36m
Widowmaker Blood and Bullets Hawkwind Airel Bender Mott Hoople Clear Cassette US $1.95 [0 bids]
US $2.95 Buy It Now
10h 36m
HAWKWIND - Doremi Fasol Latido - LP 1-st UK ex- US $22.00 [0 bids]
US $30.00 Buy It Now
10h 48m
Hawkwind - The Business Trip NEW CD US $17.63 Buy It Now 10h 51m
Hawkwind - Doremi Fasol Latido TOCP-95061 SHM CD Mini LP Japan +OBI US $36.80 [0 bids]
11h 29m
Hawkwind - Hawklords Live '78 IECP-10209 SHM CD Mini LP Japan +OBI US $22.80 Buy It Now 11h 29m
WIDOWMAKER "Too Late To Cry" LP 1977 (UA-LA723-G) Mott The Hoople, Hawkwind US $10.00 Buy It Now 11h 51m
HAWKLORDS (HAWKWIND) - "25 Years On" LP 1978 ORIG 1st US WL PROMO - No UPC!! US $27.88 Buy It Now 12h
HAWKWIND**PXR5**CD US $13.51 Buy It Now 12h 32m
HAWKWIND - MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE NEW CD US $16.57 Buy It Now 13h 18m
Bickershaw Festival 1972 UK Programme (Grateful Dead/Captain Beefheart/Hawkwind) US $209.94 Buy It Now 14h 14m
Hawkwind - Live Seventy Nine - 1980 Bronze Records BRON 527 Vinyl US $32.30 Buy It Now 14h 29m
Hawkwind - Onward CD US $18.99 Buy It Now 15h 44m
HAWKWIND - CHURCH OF HAWKWIND - 2XLP COLOURED VINYL LP - RSD 2014 - NEW / SEALED US $51.66 [0 bids]
16h 15m
CAPTAIN LOCKHEED & THE STARFIGHTERS HAWKWIND ROB CALVERT COFFEE MUG ALBUM COVER US $9.67 Buy It Now 16h 33m
HAWKWIND SPACE RITUAL COFFEE TEA MUG ALBUM COVER US $9.67 Buy It Now 16h 33m
HAWKWIND/SPEAR OF DESTINY-CRYSTAL PALACE BOWL-Lot of 2 vintage adverts US $4.83 Buy It Now 16h 39m
Hawkwind - Xenon Codex Ltd LP Vinyl Record US $43.29 Buy It Now 16h 45m
HAWKWIND Hall Of The Mountain Grill 2x 180gm Vinyl LP 2014 NEW & SEALED US $30.60 Buy It Now 17h 11m
HAWKWIND Silver Machine / Seven By Seven 7" US $16.15 Buy It Now 17h 25m
HAWKWIND - Masters Of The Universe / Cassette Album Tape / 1934 US $9.67 Buy It Now 17h 40m
HAWKWIND - The Xenon Codex / Cassette Album Tape / 1933 US $11.29 Buy It Now 17h 40m
Hawkwind - Levitation 12" Lp 1980 US $25.84 Buy It Now 17h 43m
HAWKWIND Palace Springs CD SEALED Orig UK 1992 Alan Davey Simon House Dave Brock US $59.95 Buy It Now 17h 44m
HAWKWIND Ridicule CD *SEALED *Orig UK 1990 Robert Calvert Nik Turner Dave Brock US $29.95 Buy It Now 17h 44m
HAWKWIND Space Bandits CD *SEALED Orig UK 1992 Alan Davey Simon House Dave Brock US $26.95 Buy It Now 17h 44m
Bickershaw Festival 1972 UK Ticket (Grateful Dead/Captain Beefheart/Hawkwind) US $145.34 Buy It Now 17h 44m
Alman Mulo Band Diamonds & Toads UK CD *NEW Hawkwind Hawklords Harvey Bainbridge US $69.00 Buy It Now 18h 3m
Hawkwind - Complete '79 Collectors Series, Vol. 2/Live Recording 2011 MINT 2 CD US $21.79 Buy It Now 18h 24m
HAWKWIND LIVE CHRONICLES SEALED 2 LP SET SUPER RARE US $54.99 Buy It Now 18h 50m
Widowmaker Japan Promo WL Vinyl LP Mott Hawkwind Tooth US $99.99 Buy It Now 19h 8m
ROBERT CALVERT LUCKY LEIF AND THE LONGSHIPS FIRST PRESSING A-1U/B-1U HAWKWIND EX US $48.43 Buy It Now 19h 28m
Hawkwind(12" Vinyl)Seven By Seven-United Artist-12 UP 35381-UK-VG/Ex US $20.99 Buy It Now 19h 45m
HAWKWIND - LIVE '74 - NEW CD US $6.81 Buy It Now 19h 50m
HAWKWIND - ON SUNDOWN - NEW CD US $13.39 Buy It Now 19h 50m
HAWKWIND- ANGELS OF DEATH VINYL 7" 45RPM P/S US $3.21 Buy It Now 19h 50m
Poster Size Advert 15X12 Hawkwind Tour US $19.38 Buy It Now 19h 51m
Poster Size Advert 15x12 1975 Reading Rock Festival : Hawkwind, Supertramp Etc US $19.38 Buy It Now 19h 54m
Poster Size Advert 15x12 Hawkwind - Hall of the Mountain Grill Album US $19.38 Buy It Now 20h
Poster Size Advert 15x12 Hawkwind : Kings of Speed Single US $19.38 Buy It Now 20h
HAWKWIND LIVE CHRONICLES RARE ROCK CD US $12.00 Buy It Now 20h 4m
HAWKWIND 'SHOT DOWN IN THE NIGHT' UK PICTURE SLEEVE 7" SINGLE US $8.06 Buy It Now 20h 12m
HAWKWIND 'MOTORHEAD' UK PICTURE SLEEVE 7" SINGLE US $20.98 Buy It Now 20h 12m
HAWKWIND Onward UK 180g green vinyl 2-LP SEALED / NEW 1000-copies US $32.28 Buy It Now 20h 39m
HOT SHOWER v/a LP nMINT UK 1981 RCA Budgie Hawkwind Slade Triumph US $12.90 Buy It Now 20h 47m
HAWKWIND-WARRIOR ON THE EDGE OF TIME-JAPAN MINI LP HQCD H40 US $34.50 Buy It Now 20h 58m
Hawkwind - Space Ritual (Live) (2CD 1996) NEW/SEALED US $16.12 Buy It Now 20h 59m
Hawkwind - Bring Me The Head Of Yuri Gagarin - Live (CD 2008) NEW/SEALED US $6.91 Buy It Now 20h 59m
NIK TURNER SPACE GYPSY CD 2013 NEW SEALED HAWKWIND US $1.66 [5 bids]
21h 58m
Hawkwind - The Best Of Hawkwind (CD 1994) 0803 US $8.06 Buy It Now 22h 16m
Hawklords LIMITED Edition 12" Grey Vinyl 1970Original UK Charisma 2004, Hawkwind US $25.00 Buy It Now 22h 33m
LIZ GIZZAD Crime Trilogy 7" COSMONAUTS HAIL SATAN Hawkwind VIBRACATHEDRAL ORCH US $5.99 Buy It Now 22h 34m
HAWKWIND Zones 2x 180gm Vinyl LP 2014 NEW & SEALED US $30.60 Buy It Now 22h 46m
HAWKWIND Sonic Attack 2x 180g Blue Vinyl LP NEW & SEALED US $32.22 Buy It Now 22h 54m
HAWKWIND SONIC ATTACK LP COMPLETE WITH LIMITED EDITION LYRIC INSERT US $8.06 [0 bids]
22h 55m
HAWKWIND It Is The Business Of The Future To Be Dangerous 2LP 93 Castle ESDLP196 US $41.99 Buy It Now 23h 51m
Hawkind This Is Hawkwind Do Not Panic 2xLP (1984) EXCELLENT Gatefold Sleeve US $20.19 Buy It Now 23h 54m
HAWKWIND - EPOCH-ECLIPSE: THE ULTIMATE BEST OF - 5217472 US $10.08 Buy It Now 23h 57m
HAWKWIND - MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE - CDFA3220 US $9.98 Buy It Now 23h 57m
Hawkwind - Masters Of The Universe [CD New] US $12.16 Buy It Now 1 day
Hawkwind - Spacehawks [CD New] US $12.94 Buy It Now 1 day
HAWKWIND - Silver Machine/Seven By Seven 45rpm UK (United Artists) 7" EX US $6.00 [0 bids]
1 day
BEGGARS OPERA Sagittary CD Cochise Hawkwind Nektar Nazareth Prog / Repetoire '07 US $20.99 Buy It Now 1 day
HAWKWIND - ON SUNDOWN (IMPORT) NEW CD US $22.02 Buy It Now 1 day
1972 HAWKWIND 45RPM 'SILVER MACHINE/SEVEN BY SEVEN' VINYL SINGLE (UP35381) NMC US $0.24 [1 bids]
1 day
HAWKWIND - COLLECTION OF 10 MIXED POSTCARDS # 1 US $8.06 [0 bids]
1 day
ADRIAN SHAW cd STRING THEORY - Bevis Frond, Arthur Brown, Hawkwind, psych / prog US $1.60 [1 bids]
1 day
Hawkwind - Space Bandits Cassette Tape - SEALED Motorhead Lemmy US $9.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Hawkwind - Palace Springs Cassette Tape - SEALED NEW COPY - Motorhead Lemmy US $9.99 Buy It Now 1 day
HAWKWIND Live Chronicles Double Vinyl LP GWSP1 GWR Records US $30.67 Buy It Now 1 day

More places to buy HAWKWIND music online Buy HAWKWIND & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for HAWKWIND DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

HAWKWIND Alien 4 ratings distribution


2.88
(52 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
16%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(16%)
16%
Good, but non-essential (33%)
33%
Collectors/fans only (29%)
29%
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)
6%

HAWKWIND Alien 4 reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Proghead
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars This album is pretty much as you expect from HAWKWIND, that means a bunch of excellent spacy hard rock, with '90s ambient experiments, such as the type they've been doing since "Electric Tepee". The band at this point consisted of Dave Brock, Alan Davey, and Richard Chadwick. Brock and Davey also handles the synthesizers (as well as of course the guitar and bass respectively). They also added new vocalist Ron Tree, who often got the Robert Calvert comparison. The funny thing is the LP (released as a double LP) actually features a song not featured on the CD (in this case, "Space Sex"), so you gotta own the LP to own everything (the LP is beautifully packaged with some great artwork in the gatefold, with a UFO theme, of course). The album seems to be a partial concept album on alien abduction. Anyway, this album is pretty much as you expect from HAWKWIND (doesn't give any new surprises here), but it's still worth having.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Proghead (BETA) | Report this review (#25685) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, May 02, 2004

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars The material of this album was first known to me from "Love in Space" live album, which I regard as the most prolific album of the band's 1990's decade recordings. I was surprised how sterile and dull these studio versions of the songs sounded, when compared to that fine live double album.

"Abducted" opens the record, being a nice sci-fi soundscape and poem, leading to "Alien (I Am)". Now this did not appear vert very interesting, as I think it is lacking the dynamics an opening song demands, though it has some nice sounds in it. On "Reject Your Human Touch" I was irritated by the mechanic drum sounds, otherwise being a decent little "promenade" between the longer tracks (I'm not sure if using Moussorgy's piano piece as reference here is proper). Anyway, "Blue Skin" is a song about being in a tattooing machine and getting weird stuff painted to your skin. Again the drum sounds are not very pleasing, and the "Love in Space" version beats this out (like all of the tracks here, I have to admit). "Beam Me Up" is a slower ballad, but here I was not amused by the vocals nor overall sterile sounds. "Vega" is the great ambient moment here, truly touching cosmic sequence. "Xenomorph" morphs back to the rock phase, being also little cold in its appearance. "Journey" is another instrumental middle sequence, being OK but not exceptional or anything. "Sputnik Stan" starts with cosmic ambient sounds, and then shifts to quite heavy riff. An OK song, but the live is yet better. "Kapal" paints up an electronic sound realm, with some synthetic drumming in the end ruining the good parts of it. "Festivals" is another rocker in style of "Sputnik Stan", but not as good as that one. "Death Trap" opens the live CD in a great way, and that performance is also better again. "Wastelands" is a short intro to the final CD track "Are You Losing Your Mind?", being also a small anticlimax for me.

Sadly the promisingly named vinyl bonus track "Space Sex" hasn't yet reached my ears. Thus I think "Alien 4" is a decent album, but the "Love in Space" live is a masterpiece when compared to it, as there the music pulses both with life and energy, and also the programmed drums are played with real set of cans and sticks. My friend found a really neat vinyl version of that, I recommend hunting it down if you're in to this kind of space rock instead. I would leave this one to friends of techno/trance music who are abducted by aliens for sex experiments.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Eetu Pellonpää (BETA) | Report this review (#152431) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, November 23, 2007

Review by ZowieZiggy
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Back to a four unit band, Hawkwind released another good sci-fi exercise.

Even if their glory days have passed, the band (Brock) is still rocking alright and some tracks really shine. One of the very few poor track amongst the whole is "Blue Skin". But one out of so many is far from being a nightmare.

If most songs would have been of the caliber of "Alien", they could have well released an excellent album for a very long time.

There are extremely crafted songs ("Reject Your human Touch"), even emotional ones. When I listen to "Beam Me Up", I have to admit that it touches me: great space-rock even if it sounds at times as if you were embarking an Orlando Disney attraction (hi Febus!).

But if, like me, you like the combination of hard and space-rock, I guess that such a song will always leave a great mark on you. One of the best track here IMO.

When "Vega" starts, there is nothing to do: it just reminds me the great "Low" of whom you might know. Almost the same icy cold mood, magnificent synth parts. I guess that it is the essence of the genre. A great return to the good "Hawkwind sounds. And I like those ones.

The punkish ones (the sounds, I mean) are also available if you like. "Xenomorph" for instance. An excellent mix of punk-hard-space-rock. "Hawkwind" are really the only ones to be able to accomplish such a tour de force and incorporate so many opposed influences into a five minutes piece of music.

Another killer is "Sputnik Stan": this is a hell of a rocking song. A truly devastating track which is really shacking you like crazy. This album is full of good surprises so far. Some might say that in the long run, this album might sound repetitive, which is not untrue. The band would have been inspired to have cut a bit into the length of this album to avoid this feeling ("Festivals", "Death Trap").

Anyway IMO, this is the best "Hawkwind" effort since "Chronicle", some ten years prior to this one. The return of the giant Hawkwind.A good album: three stars (seven out of ten really).

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to ZowieZiggy (BETA) | Report this review (#172654) | Review Permalink
Posted Saturday, May 31, 2008

Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal Team
3 stars You'll never believe it. But I actually like this album a lot. I mean, the Calvert-clone singer is annoying, the sound is plastic and completely out of time for something from 1995 but somehow it works.

First of all, from a songwriting point of view, this is their first coherent album since Levitation. It's also one of the few Hawkiwind releases where everything falls into place. The space-rock, the songs, the ambient interludes, their punk spirit,... Everything is here in abundance and holds together very well. It does not feature classic pearls but Sputnik Stan comes close.

This fine album has become somehow irrelevant though. The excellent Love in Space live album features better live performances of all good songs here.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Bonnek (BETA) | Report this review (#241253) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, September 25, 2009

Review by Warthur
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars With themes liberally borrowed from then-current alien abduction conspiracy theories, Alien 4 failed to break Hawkwind's run of sub-par albums. The compositions meander too much and fail to get to the point too often, and Hawkwind's descent into self-plagiarism in order to fill out albums continues with material from PXR5, The Xenon Codex, and Quark, Strangeness and Charm being reworked. New vocalist Ron Tree offers nothing beyond a rough approximation of Robert Calvert's style, the production is uninspiring, and on the whole there's nothing here to change the sorry trajectory of Hawkwind's studio output in the 1990s. One for the uncritical Hawkwind fans only.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Warthur (BETA) | Report this review (#623152) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, January 30, 2012

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
2 stars "Alien 4" is a very weird entry in the Hawkwind catalogue with nice packaging and art work but little substance in terms of actual music. The band opt for quasi-punk vocals by Ron Tree such as on the awful 'Beam Me Up'. The voice overs are okay if you are in the mood but still wear thin after a while. The spacey psychedelic tones seem more forced and there simply as window dressing. The band really struggled on this one and there is little to recommend.

Of the songs worth listening to 'Festivals' is great with Brock saying "everyone is guilty though not everyone is bad" and actually is one of the better tracks as are all the ones sung by Brock, but this is quite a forgettable album. Once it ends I can't remember a single tune. The songs are rather repetitive and many sound more like bonus tracks rather than classic Hawkwind songs. Occasionally there are some great guitar breaks and innovation such as on 'Alien (I Am)' and 'Sputnik Stan'. 'Kapal' is an electronic experimental thing with some hyper strange effects, and reminds me of Pink Floyd's material on the studio "Ummagumma". The synthetic drums do the album no favour and neither does the retro keyboards. 'Death Trap' is a rocker that stands out for the cool riffing but I am not a fan of the punkish vocals, repetition and silly lyrics.

There is more filler on this than a taxi cab's passenger door, namely the instrumentals such as 'Wastelands' that really is just spacey kanoodling on synths. The narration on 'Abducted' is part of the concept of alien abduction but could have been done better, with creepier delivery and not so much in the synth department. The album ends with 'Are You Losing Your Mind?' which is a diversion into more synth soaked weirdness. The narration of having "a silicon chip in my head" may have worked if the music was any good. The problem with the album is the band are offering nothing new, merely revisiting old ground already accomplished with previous albums. Buy only if you must have everything the band churned out and for the terrific artwork.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to AtomicCrimsonRush (BETA) | Report this review (#646034) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, March 04, 2012

Latest members reviews

3 stars This isn't a bad album at all and Ron Tree is a Robert Calvert-esque character and brings an edge to Hawkwind in both his singing and the spoken word. There aren't any bad tracks as such but in some parts the album seems to lose its way. The highlights though are worthwhile. Xenomorph has great ... (read more)

Report this review (#158275) | Posted by memark | Thursday, January 10, 2008 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Unless you must have everything Hawkwind ever recorded this reviewer suggessts that you skip over this one. It`s main theme is is alien abduction which wears thin unless you are into the the UFO penomenom, perhaps then you would have some sort of fascination with this musically disappointing r ... (read more)

Report this review (#25686) | Posted by Vibrationbaby | Friday, September 24, 2004 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of HAWKWIND "Alien 4"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.72 seconds