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2.76 | 71 ratings | 11 reviews | 8% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Spirit Of The Age (6:43)
2. Out Here We Are (5:56)
3. Greenback Massacre (4:14)
4. To Love A Machine (6:00)
5. Take Me To Your Leader (5:50)
6. Digital Nation (5:25)
7. Sunray (3:55)
8. Sighs (1:22)
9. Angela Android (5:08)
10. A Letter To Robert (6:08)

Total Time: 50:41

Bonus DVD from 2005 Special Edition:
DVD 1 - Interview with Dave Brock
DVD 2 - Interview with Alan Davey
DVD 3 - Interview with Richard Chadwick
DVD 4 - Spirit of the Age (Promo)
DVD 5 - Silver Machine (Ruisrock Festival, Finland, 10 July 2004)
DVD 6 - The Right to Decide (Live 1992)
DVD 7 - Spirit of the Age (Live 2004)
DVD 8 - Psychedelic Warriors (Live 2004)

Line-up / Musicians

- Dave Brock / guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, vocals, co-producing & mixing
- Alan Davey / bass, keyboards, synthesizer, vocals, co-producing & mixing
- Richard Chadwick / drums, percussion, vocals

- Matthew Wright / vocals (1)
- Arthur Brown / vocals (7,10)
- Lene Lovich / vocals (9)
- James Clemas / organ (1,7)
- Jason Stuart / keyboards (3,4)
- Simon House / keyboards (9), violin (7)
- Jez Huggett / saxophone, trumpet & flute (2,6,9)
- Lemmy / vocals & bass (DVD 5)
- Phil Calvano / guitar (DVD 5)

Releases information

Artwork: Peter Pracownik

CD Hawkwind Records ‎- HAWKVP35CD (2005, UK)
CD+DVD Hawkwind Records ‎- HAWKVP35CDSE (2005, UK) Bonus DVD with extras

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HAWKWIND Take Me To Your Leader ratings distribution

(71 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(17%)
Good, but non-essential (41%)
Collectors/fans only (23%)
Poor. Only for completionists (11%)

HAWKWIND Take Me To Your Leader reviews

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Review by Joolz
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Hawkwind's latest was eagerly anticipated after a long and turbulent few years since the band's previous studio release. Most latter-day Hawkwind studio albums have been patchy affairs and now the euphoria has died down, Take Me To Your Leader proves to be much the same. The band that invented spacerock has long left full-on blanga behind, at least in the studio, in favour of a cold and rather sterile techno-rock hybrid that sometimes has psychedelic tendencies but only ventures into space on synth-based ambient pieces.

Too much of this album passes in an impenetrable cocoon of blandness - the vague and meandering 'Out Here We Are', an average heavy riffer in 'Greenback Massacre', jazzed-up techno of 'Take Me To Your Leader', the repetitious 'Digital Nation' and its annoying drum pattern, the short interlude of 'Sighs', and Arthur Brown's uninteresting techno-backed 'A Letter To Robert' monologue which doesn't bear more than a single hearing. None raise a flicker of emotion in the listener, and none displays much in the way of inspiration. Fortunately, the remaining tracks provided adequate compensation ....

.... opener, the old classic 'Spirit Of The Age' is rather splendid, generally an improvement on the original though not deviating much from the 1977 arrangement; Brock's 'To Love A Machine' enters Symphonic Prog territory and features some unexpected, but very welcome, acoustic guitar as well as tasty electric riffs; Arthur Brown's bouncy 'Sunray' is a brilliant Roxy Music thrash awash with crunchy guitars; and an infectious 'Angela Android', with an aptly loopy Lene Lovich adding vocals in her inimitable style to a pounding beat.

These four tracks are undoubtedly bright stars in the Hawkwind post-spacerock firmament. Had the remainder been even close then this might have been a stunning album based around a theme of a mechanized future world. The reality is that, once again, a Hawkwind album fails to satisfy in its entirety. If you strip away the contributions of guest performers, you are left with a pretty average bunch of songs that don't stand the test of time. Overall - good, but they have done a lot better.

Review by Warthur
2 stars After years of silence on the studio album front, does Take Me To Your Leader break the curse Hawkwind had seemingly been under Distant Horizons (or, depending on how hardline you are, maybe the Xenon Codex, or Levitation, or Warrior On the Edge of Time) where they simply couldn't manage to make a studio album worthy of their illustrious name? Unfortunately not, as most listeners will realise when they note that the first song is merely a re-recording of an old Calvert era track which was perfectly good in its original incarnation. And the new compositions are just outright tedious. I really should give up and turn my attention to more recent studio outings by Hawkwind, since I hear that from Blood of the Earth onwards they've done a bang-up job of making their studio albums more consistent, but as far as the mid-2000s go their live albums from the era are far better than their studio efforts.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Hawkwind's most recent album, 2005's "Take Me To Your Leader", is a very worthy example of the band's brand of space-rock and a fine addition to the Hawkwind collection. The band opens with the perennial Hawkwind classic, "Spirit of the Age" and I must admit that this is a slight irritation ... (read more)

Report this review (#162316) | Posted by alextorres2 | Thursday, February 21, 2008 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Hmmm. I love Hawkwind and have maybe 20 albums. This starts so well - a good new version of their classic Spirit of the Age followed by a superb ambient/jazzy/ambient sequence penned by Alan Davey. After that though it goes rapidly downhill. I really don't like the final Letter to Robert thing a ... (read more)

Report this review (#142389) | Posted by memark | Saturday, October 6, 2007 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Perhaps a more apt title for this long awaited ( at the time ) Hawkwind album would be " Hawkwind & Friends Go to a Rave". A disappointing Hawkwind effort despite a guest list of artists which include Lene Lovich and Arthur Brown. It sort of reminds me of the mediocre Alien 4 album from 1995 whos ... (read more)

Report this review (#112814) | Posted by Vibrationbaby | Tuesday, February 20, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The comments about the stop/start nature of the album's release are true,but were here to talk"Take me to your leader" eh?...the only song that dosn't stand up for me is "Letter to Robert",which is just a rambling load of tosh,but,the rest of the album is quite a cool affair ... (read more)

Report this review (#64482) | Posted by | Friday, January 13, 2006 | Review Permanlink

1 stars Well I finally received the CD and what a disappointment it turned out to be. Spirit of the age yet again,dull and boring, surely the Hawkwind members could have written a new song to put on this new CD. Tracks 2 and 3 are okay, I suppose. Then comes To love a machine, quite a good song BUT th ... (read more)

Report this review (#54111) | Posted by | Monday, October 31, 2005 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Having been a loyal Hawkfan for 30 years now, it pains me to hear such a patchy effort after an 8 year wait. This basically sounds like a collection solo tracks cobbled together to pose as a band effort. The remake (again) of "Spirit of the Age" is utterly pointless and some of the best lyrics ... (read more)

Report this review (#52330) | Posted by prabbit | Wednesday, October 19, 2005 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Rock? I think not. A Real Shock to the system that a band synonymous with progressive rock should turn out something which sounds like the unholy offspring of techno meets acid house meets pretensious 80s arty band. I heard better in this genre from a never-got-anywhere self-produced 'band' (2 ... (read more)

Report this review (#48779) | Posted by | Tuesday, September 27, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars It's been quite a wait for the new Hawkwind album, and I've been very curious to hear what they've come up with. But unfortunately I've got to say it's a bit of a patchy effort. Things get off to a good start with a reworked 'Spirit Of The Age', and there are some decent tracks such as Out Her ... (read more)

Report this review (#47408) | Posted by Tom 'tron Ozric | Tuesday, September 20, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Q - What's been eight years in the making, plagued with false starts and changes in personnel, yet could well turn out to be one of the albums of the year? A - It's Hawkwind's latest studio release - Take Me To Your Leader! It's without a doubt one of the bands most consistent yet varied albu ... (read more)

Report this review (#46300) | Posted by Dave Museum | Sunday, September 11, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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