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WARRIOR ON THE EDGE OF TIME

Hawkwind

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.09 | 640 ratings

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Bonnek
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4 stars That rare thing called a consistent Hawkwind album.

After reviewing my 10th-something Hawkwind album in a row now, you must be starting to suspect me as some kind of Hawkwind fanboy. True, I'm certainly very much enchanted by their easy going grooves, spacey effects and ethereal washes of psychedelic sounds and synths. However, there are actually very few studio albums I would rate higher then 3 stars. Most of them are incoherent at best, downright disappointing in too many other cases.

My thesis is that these guys were generally too doped to stay focussed for more then 5 minutes. So while they thought they were relentlessly grooving far out in the universe, they were actually just flat on the ground, too loaded to notice they still had a guitar strapped round their shoulders.

Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, Warrior is the very exception and finds the Hawks at the peak of their game after years of steadily growing quality. On Hall of the Mountain Grill, Hawkwind took their first steps into a more melodious sound and here it pays off. Warrior is an all round enjoyable ride featuring their two best tunes ever ( Assault & Battery/Golden Void and the entrancing trip called Magnu), some nice rockers like Kings of Speed and Motorhead, and successful instrumental experiments like Spiral Galaxy and the kraut excursion Opa-Loka. Well, even the poetry is endurable.

As far as their studio output goes this is their essential album. 4.5 stars

Bonnek | 4/5 |

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