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Onward - To The Future,
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First thing I am going to say is, I only got this CD today and as with all music, it can take a while to sink in before it can be fully appreciated, this is only my first impression, I may edit it later on once I have fully digested it.
Next thing I would ask is, if you are of the mind that Hawkwind's last decent output was in the '70's, then forget it, give up here and go back to the Space Ritual (I may even join you in a while).
This is Hawkwind doing what they have always done, moved on, but keeping those waves of psychedlia washing over you. Did you like Blood Of The Earth? You are going to love this then. But it goes back further than that, I hear overtones of The Xenon Codex in some tracks, Choose Your Masques in others, but always it has moved on from there to form into a new beast altogether.
We have the hard rockers, the first track Seasons, kicks off as almost a metal number. We have lashings of ambience and we have some of the strongest (weirdest? Computer Cowards) Brock lyrics in many a year.
I am not going to do a track by track analysis or choose a favourite track just yet. With a healthy 21 tracks that would be a bit much for me. We have new versions of several older tracks (for me, Green Finned Demon stands out, you may prefer Death Trap or Right To Decide), a trait common to Hawkwind. But in addition we have a veritable treasure trove of completely new tracks.
Will this be looked on as a classic in years to come? Well, for my money, I think it is a vast improvement on Blood Of The Earth or even Take Me To Your Leader, both of which I enjoyed immensely. But hey, I only got it today, only time will tell.
In summary - well, if you have read this far you are going to buy it no matter what I say. Trust me, you will enjoy it.