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ALIEN 4

Hawkwind

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.10 | 74 ratings

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friso
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4 stars Hawkwind - Alien 4 (1995)

The Hawkwind line-up of Brock, Davey and Chadwick is perhaps one of my favorite bands ever. Electronic Space Rock Records like Electric Tepee, Palace Springs (live), The Business Trip (live), Love in Space (live) and Alien 4 are totally up my alley. I have yet to try the more ambient records in between. The combination of almost Trance music-like electronic synth baths, seriously dark and effective compositions, a steady sounding band and well- produced albums (now that's rare in the Hawkwind catalogue..) make this a great period for the band.

Now, most people would argue that the best songs of the Alien 4 record sound better on the great Love In Space live album and I would partially agree. However, the total atmosphere of this studio album is great in and of itself and the many dark symphonic passages between the rock songs are wel integrated. It's just another great space- rock album that progresses smoothly and uninterrupted. It's great to have different versions of song you like. I also like the spoken word performances on this recording. The material is not as legendary as Warrior on the Egde of Time, but so much more enjoyable en consistent.

Whereas I gave Love In Space five stars, Alien 4 deserves at least four. A great album for spacerock listeners. Listeners of progressive electronic and neo-prog should take a peak as well. I'm actually a bit amazed by how low the PA score for this fantastic album is, it should be right up there with Electric Tepee IMHO.

friso | 4/5 |

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