If you're counting Space Hawks is Hawkwind's 29th studio album, in their long career that dates back to the Stone Age, 1969 really. Founder Dave Brock still leads the band even as he approaches the age of Methuselah, actually only in his Seventies. But onward the space rock hippies go, nevertheless.
While Space Hawks is a new album, there's some confusion surrounding it. First, it was supposedly released in the US last Fall, coinciding with a North American tour, then later in the UK. Parts, if not all, of the dates of the tour were cancelled when Brock fell ill. Was the album released after all? It's rather unclear. Promotional material Dangerdog received has a release date of February 2014. Then there's more confusion about the double vinyl edition; it appears from the Hawkwind site that it's available now.
More confusion arises with the content of the album. Of the 16 songs, there's little actual 'new' material here. If I count correctly, which I doubt I did because the information on the Hawkwind and Plastic Head Music sites is perplexing and divergent, there are five original songs: We Two Are One, Sacrosanct, Touch, The Chumps Are Jumping, and Lonely Moon. The latter three clock under two minutes each. The rest of the songs are new re-recorded versions of other Hawkwind songs. Yet it still pure Hawkwind space rock with the ethereal and spacey keyboards and vocals, peppered with some sharp, often psychedelic, guitar leads. Ultimately, Space Hawks is likely best suited for the diehard fan. Alternatively, if you've never considered classic and seminal space rock, it would also be a good introduction.Tweet
Space Hawks offers a mish-mash of a few songs with many reworkings of other Hawkwind songs. Definitely an album for the diehard and dedicated Hawkwind fan.
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