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Hawkwind - The Xenon Codex CD (album) cover




Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.25 | 94 ratings

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2 stars Bad evening?

The previous The Chronicles Of The Black Sword was a return to form for Hawkwind after a few weak albums following the excellent Levitation. The Xenon Codex is certainly a lesser album in comparison but with some good moments. This album is much better produced than anything the band did in the 70's and much of it is surprisingly subtle. Typical Hawkwind rockers rub shoulders with tasteful New Age-like soundscapes with superb lead guitars and also some misguided experimental tracks. As such, this is an uneven affair.

The actual songs of this album are based on hard rocking riffs and vocal melodies and as such it is similar to its immediate predecessor, but it is quite different from it in other respects. While on the previous album, the instrumental interludes contributed to make that album varied and diverse, on the present album they seem to take over. The closing track, Good Evening, is a total embarrassment and should have been left off the album altogether.

Uneven, but with some good moments

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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