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SPACE GYPSY

Nik Turner

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.87 | 23 ratings

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friso
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4 stars Nik Turner - Space Gypsy (2013)

The brilliance and clumsiness of Hawkwind is fascinating; giving us the blueprint for the spacerock genre in perhaps the most likable way whilst making a few good records and a collection of mediocre/poor studio and live recordings that is almost limitless. Former Hawkwind windplayer Nik Turner released his first album in '78 and has released two album the last five years.

'Space Gypsy' (now under review) and the more recent 'Space Fusion Odyssey' (2015). The sound and feel of this album is 100% Hawkwind. However, it's a collecton of relatively good songs that work great as a unity, something Hawkwind itself has almost never done. The thick guitar/bass/drums layer is completed by great spacey sounds, a diversity in wind-instruments and drowsy vocals. The appearance of Steve Hillage is a nice bonus, though honestly, I wouldn't know which guitarlines are his. The songs have what everything a classy spacerock should have. One or two catchy themes, spacey keyboard sounds, a distant feel, some folky parts and of course long spacey guitar freakouts.

Conclusion. If you'd like to listen to that great Hawkwind record they themselves didn't make the last fourty years, this is a great recommendation! This needs to be picked up by the space rock listeners. Four stars.

friso | 4/5 |

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