As I write this review, I'm wearing my very worn tye dye t-shirt in honor of Hawkwind's 26th (if I counted right) studio album Blood of the Earth. It seemed only appropriate. Legends in their own time, better than 40 years, and in the minds of stalwart fans, founder Dave Brock and Hawkwind continue their pyschedlic, space, and prog rock tradition on this work.
Expect the eerie, atmospheric, and eclectic as the standard fare here with generous amounts of quirky keyboards from outer space and a touch of a world music vibe interspersed. Seahawks, Comefy Chair, and Prometheus are notable Hawkind. And there are reworkings of older songs Sweet Obsession and You’d Better Believe It that are adequate. But it all seems rather tame, soundly ethereal and soothing, for a band that has influenced so many genres over the years. So nothing ultimately stands out. Nevertheless, it's still pure Hawkwind, and that's enough. Recommended.
Hawkwind's latest Blood of the Earth is pure Hawkwind, legendary space rock, and that's good enough.
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