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Farther out than far out,
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This review is from: In Search Of Space (Audio CD)
Like German rockers Amon Duul II, Hawkwind make music that you have to make your own mind up about. Love it or hate it. It tends to consist of simple, repetitive riffs that they work mysteries around, not just with conventional rock instruments, but also with sax, flute and what are described in the notes as audio generators. It comes across as relentless rather than repetitive, though.
The 15-minute opening track, 'You Shouldn't Do That,' begins with the band winding up into the simulation of a spaceship taking off. Then the guitar chugs in, reminiscent of the opening to Pink Floyd's debut album on 'Astronomy Domine.' Are Hawkwind looking to take up what Syd Barrett left unfinished? Not at all. They have their own manifesto, nihilistic to the extent that they reject the Earth order in favour of freedom. The drums take this track to a high tempo, whereupon the vocals create an insistent, rhythmic dialogue. It takes a little getting used to, but it is brilliantly conceived and performed. Most of the tracks have that up-and-at-em tempo, drive and ingenuity. There are a couple of acoustic-based tracks, but even on these there is an otherness lurking in the background.
The three bonus tracks are all singles, high quality tracks that slot easily into the end of the album. Nothing need be said about their hit, 'Silver Machine,' but 'Born To Go' is worth mentioning, being as fiery as anything on the album. A marvellous one-hour trip.