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Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.09 | 640 ratings

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4 stars Epic space prog that focuses on the art of repetitive jamming.

Hawkwind is probably the most monotonous band in terms of riffing I've ever heard, and it's not because the riffing is dry; typically, one song means one riff, and songs here last as long as eight minutes if you separate the opening epic into two tracks. Hawkwind's main musical style is to lay a solid drum rhythm with a respectable drive that gets your toes tapping, layer the songs with synths and mellotrons where needed, and any other instrument is free to do whatever although nothing is massively complex here.

The lack of complexity and the relatively staticity of the pieces might drive traditional progsters away. I'll even go out and say this is one of the grittier sounding prog albums, having some proto-punk-isms thrown in with the space prog. Heck, I could imagine the Sex Pistols or the Ramones covering ''Kings of Speed''. But I will say DOREMI FASOL LATIDO has an uglier sound than this album; WARRIOR has an immaculate sound compared to DOREMI.

The only tracks I don't care for are the little epic/fantasy poetry readings where the vocals take on strange effects e.g. ''The Wizard Blew His Horn''. Still, most of the rest of the songs are brilliant in their own regards, particularly the opening two songs, the most prog as we know them. My personal favourites are ''Opa-Loka'' and ''Magnu'' simply for the repetitiveness, but I can understand where the faults lie.

To offset the grimey and spacey stuff, there's ''The Demented Man'', a little acoustic guitar number. If you ignore the vocal experiments, this album is one of the most fun experiences one could have in the space prog realm.

Sinusoid | 4/5 |


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