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PXR 5

Hawkwind

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

2.91 | 116 ratings

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Bonnek
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3 stars PXRS concludes Hawkwind dive into space new wave. After this album they would return to more familiar universes with the excellent space rock album Levitation.

PXR5 is a pleasant album but it is a bit uneven and has not one track that equals QSAC in quality. The pure punk of Death Trap comes closest of all. Hawkwind goes Buzzcocks here! Uncle Sam's on Mars is something entirely different and could have been on Pink Floyd's debut. Very psychedelic tune but it drags on a bit. Infinity has one of the few vocals from Brock on the album. It's a nasal croon not dissimilar from a track like Paradox.

Robot is Brainstorm all over again. There's more lyrics and Calvert rants then on Brainstorm but it has a similar riff, similar drone, spacey effects and unfortunately also the rather inadequate melodies that never really clicked with me. It's not bad but lacks a bit of punch to remain interesting for its entire 8 minutes. (Let's say I prefer the book :-) High Rise is a decent ballad and PXR5, the other track that has lead vocals from David Brock, is unremarkable punk rock.

Not bad but a bit of a mixed bag.

Bonnek | 3/5 |

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