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Hawkwind: The Machine Stops

Album Review

No stopping: space rock veterans reach a new peak on their ambitious concept album.

For those who believe Hawkwind’s best days are behind them, this album is likely to come as a massive jolt. That’s because it comfortably ranks alongside any, and above most, of the albums the space rockers have recorded over the past 35 years or so.

It’s a concept, based on the EM Forster short story The Machine Stops, which might have been written close to 90 years ago, but which has a contemporary dystopian parallel. And that mirrors the way Hawkwind sound. They offer a strong whiff of the style through which they have forged their reputation, with the odour of a modern psychedelic groove.

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