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Huw Lloyd-Langton’s LLG: Hard Graft

Album Review

Into the wild blue yonder.

Often unfairly underrated and viewed as a jobbing journeyman much more than his talents merit, Lloyd-Langton’s tenure with the mothership Hawkwind has also proved a difficult shadow to emerge from.

There’s an accomplished maturity in the songwriting and a sense of acceptance and peace to these superior, largely laid-back workouts, packed with Langton’s familiar echo-drenched solos. It’s the blues, however, rather than oscillating sequencers that provide the bedrock for the occasional cosmic excursion. 

Hey Mama and A Dream are reminiscent and worthy of Gary Moore-era Thin Lizzy, while a closing trio of sparse acoustic instrumentals could have been plucked from Ry Cooder’s Paris, Texas soundtrack. 

A couple of misfires (reggae, rapping) aside, Langton seems to have found his mojo. It suits him.

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