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Hawkwind - Hawklords: 25 Years On CD (album) cover




Psychedelic/Space Rock

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2 stars Hawklords - 25 Years On (1978)

This is not a compilation album.

I had become quite interested in the Robert Calvert era of Hawkwind after some promising artsy David Bowie-like songs on PRX 5. On this Hawklords record - released under a different flag due to contract issues - the band sounds even more artsy and punky. Meaning less space rock and proto metal vibes, but that's fine.

This time most songs don't do much for me. The opener PSI Power has a nice glamorous yet melancholic punk feel but drags on a bit. Free Fall has some nice bass loops and synths but falls short as a song with its 'out there' performance of Calvert. On the title song, 25 Years, the music drowns in its own production resulting in a cringe worthy track. Flying Doctor is a more conventional Hawkwind track but the pub-like amateurish vocals and uninteresting (or dated) sound pallet leave me unimpressed. The Only Ones is a better David Bowie like track with an elegant space feel. In the two closing tracks Bowie imitations fail to work effectively.

Conclusion. Not the record I had hoped to find. Partly well produced and well adapted to its day and age, but lacking of substance (or pleasant trippiness for that matter). I myself would prefer the 'mixed bag' PRX 5 any day and I hope to find more Calvert goodness on Quark Strangeness and Charm. Adding up to two stars.

friso | 2/5 |


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