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5.0 out of 5 stars ...Don't Mention the "H" word...., 24 May 2013
This review is from: More Light (Audio CD)
I just love this record, it feels big, ambitious and sweeping. But I'm going to throw in a word that many of you may not like and the uber cool PS fan might disagree with, probably because they're too cool to have checked out "Hall of the Mountain Grill", but by god does the opening track "2013" sound like mid to late 70s Bob Calvert era Hawkwind (inc Hawklords and Sonic Assassins).

Every time when I go to listen to it I keep thinking "I must be wrong", and then the mid tempo driving, phased chords kick in, the sax fires up, the little guitar lines come in and out and the synths swirl around and it sounds even more like it than the previous time I listened to it... so much so that now some of other tracks on the album are echoing Hawkwind to me, but obviously with the immeasurable casual cool of Primal Scream stamped all over the top.

As somebody who finds the fact Hawkwind are consistently judged and maligned by the "Silver Machine" single, I find the fact that it appears that Mr Gillespie and Mr Innes have thrown some of Hawkwind's far superior work into their swirling mass of influences and inspiration very satisfying indeed.

Think I'm barking up the wrong tree or deluded? Let's not forget the fact that a cover version of "Motorhead" (originally a Hawkwind song" appears on Vanishing Point... but this album is so much more than just a single influence, there's even a cheeky "Midnight Cowboy"-esque moment at the end of "Relativity" and the lyrics throughout the album are on top form - "What happened to the voices of dissent? Getting rich I suppose..." Bobby gently observes in 2013 going on to state that there's ..."No revolutionary spirit left, they've sanitised the freaks.."

I wonder how I'll be feeling about this record in 6 months, but right now I'd got so used to Primal Scream releases being a steady "ok" and just good enough to warrant a tour that this slab of music was a complete unexpected beautiful surprise. I would say that if the lads who recorded "Screamadelica" could have jumped forward in time to see where they were at in 2013, they'd be feeling pretty damn pleased that they were still going so strong and putting out such a class record.

My last piece of advice - get the double vinyl, (you get a CD with it as well), this is a record that is made for and deserves to be heard on that format, thanks guys, you have made a 42 year old cynical music snob very very happy, cheers!
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Initial post: 25 May 2013 18:16:33 BDT
Big Twink says:
Spot on, it's Hawkwind. They've had a bit of a renaissance and are now cool again apparently. 2013 reminds me of a cross between the Doremi and Astounding Sounds eras. The sax is Nik Turner and the vocals are proper Calvert. And why not?

Posted on 5 Jun 2013 11:20:52 BDT
Steve B says:
£22 for the vinyl edition? "Getting rich I suppose..."

Went off them a bit when Bobby G whined about a local pub playing music too loud near his million pound house (and it wasn't even a loud pub) http://news.qthemusic.com/2007/01/bobby_gillespie_in_im_an_old_m.html.

"Whatever happened to the voices of dissent?"
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