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WARRIOR ON THE EDGE OF TIME

Hawkwind

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.09 | 640 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars This album has many similarities with its predecessor. Be ready for a psychedelic trip with the great opener (both parts). It is exactly the type of number which hits you right in the middle. Accelerated beat (but this is no novelty), and more than anything sumptuous keyboards (mellotron) are a great combination for this excellent track which also features some pleasant sax moments towards the end. A very strong opener. It might well be difficult to be on par with the other songs.

The short "Wizzard." reminds me the craziness of "Petition The Lord With Prayer" or "Celebration Of The Lizzard" (from "The Doors"). Not essential I have to say (like "Standing At The Edge" as well as "Warriors"). Let's call it a parenthesis to reach the spacey and fully Floydian (DSOTM) "Opa-Loka". Maybe not essential either, but it conveys a enthusiastic feeling.

The old psyche mood pursues during "The Demented Man". It is true to say that it might sound a bit outdated when the album was released (75). Reminds me of "Eloy" who were also playing such music in these times. Well after the explosion of the psychedelic bubble.

But I have a tendency to like this genre quite a lot, so it is good to revive these sounds. Even almost thirty five years after their release.

"Magnu" being no different. A vibrant ode to psychedelia. Repetitive, sustained beat : a great mix between hard and spacey rock. I guess that the words disjointed and trippy have never been more appropriate than in the case of "Spiral Galaxy". On par with the early live Floyd ("Dying Seas" being of the same mould).

A great rocking number (Kings Of Speed) to close this good album is welcome. Just a pity that some short and less interesting tracks (three) appear during this album. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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