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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.69 | 257 ratings

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2 stars Quirky and strange maybe, but hardly particularly charming!

Hawkwind is not a band I like very much and I often find their music sloppy, noisy and repetitive. While Warrior On The Edge Of Time had some good moments, the rest of the band's output up to this point had been utterly dispensable from my point of view. The present album is also not really my cup of tea but I must emphasise right from the start that this album is very different from what Hawkwind had been doing before and in many respects better. First of all this album is better produced. It is also much more melodic and the playing is also less sloppy than it used to be. All this is very good news since the earlier albums were clearly lacking in these essential (for great music) respects. On the downside, the lyrics here are often extremely silly. A song about Albert Einstein?

The musical influences goes beyond Space Rock here and encompass New Wave, Punk and electronic music. The addition of electric violin is very nice and it is the leading instrument in the without doubt best song here; Hassan I Sahba. Days Of The Underground is not too bad either. Most of the other songs do very little for me, but they are not torture like some stuff from the band's first couple of albums.

A bonus is that this album is very short!

Levitation was for me the first really good Hawkwind album

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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