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THE CHRONICLE OF THE BLACK SWORD

Hawkwind

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.44 | 118 ratings

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Bonnek
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2 stars Hawkwind Goes ZZ Top

A few experiments aside, Hawkwind was always most enjoyable when they just flatly rocked out. On this album everything is sacrificed for that. They go through the motions by a bunch of 4-minute 4/4 songs and bring off something that sounds familiarly close to how ZZ Top sounded in those days. Check out Needle Gun...

I actually disliked this album for quite a while; all songs are fairly predictable blues-rock tunes in a glossy 80's production. There's also little or nothing of the Hawkwind trademark spacey feel about it. Horn of Destiny would be the only track where they take a little time to expand the narrow approach of the album by adding some typical Gong slide guitar.

So, there's little of interest here for people who like their music more complicated and elaborate. Nevertheless, this is their most enjoyable studio album since Levitation from 1980. With the right mindset and expectations, chances are you might enjoy this.

Bonnek | 2/5 |

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