Hawkwind
Stories from Time and Space


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sunnyvale STAFF
April 8th, 2024 | 10 replies


Release Date: 04/05/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I’m just a traveller of time and space

I’ve always had a soft spot for albums which are comfortable in their own skin, content with what they are, not pushing too much for grander aims. Clearly, music can and often should be ambitious, aspiring for heights never before reached, but not every release needs to be so expansive. In the case of British space rock trailblazers Hawkwind, they seem to realize that their moment for innovation has passed. With more than a half-century elapsed in the hourglass since the band’s formation, and about three dozen studio albums released (who’s counting?), it’s understandable that latest creation Stories from Time and Space finds the group in a reflective mood.

While the album consists of thirteen tracks totaling nearly an hour, it doesn’t feel like a sprawling behemoth. Rather, this is the kind of laid-back and nocturnal affair one might associate with a certain kind of smoky old jazz record. The vibes are thoughtful and dosed heavily with nostalgia and romanticism, the lyrics are simple and built to offer food for twilight reveries rather than providing any inherent poetic depth, the runtime is balanced between lengthy tracks built upon rolling (but generally relaxing) grooves and short spacey interludes. There’s an effortless sense of competence in the tunes which suggests that Hawkwind could do this music thing forever, old age be damned, but it’s the melancholy and sentimentalism of the whole package which really sells it. In short, this is an old-school record in which the entirety is much more impressive than the sum of its (respectable) constituent pieces.

In the handful of days since this record’s release, I’ve found it to be a quite enjoyable listen under any circumstance, but here’s a suggestion - on a relaxed evening, pour yourself a libation of choice, find a comfortable chair, turn off all the lights, and spin this record while watching the darkness deepen outside the windows. Stories from Time and Space should be a very worthwhile companion for just that setting. It’s a humble but heartfelt effort which manages to tap into a font of cosmic beauty, and a delightful gift brought to you from these aging rockers.



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Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2024


5911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I’ve always liked these guys, but never become a huge fan. However, this is hitting the spot quite a bit for me - I’ve always liked “swan song” kind of records from older musicians, and this one leans into that kind of feeling - it’s definitely a little cheesy/corny, but it works. Don’t know if this is their last go-round, but it would be a fitting sendoff.

Veldin
April 9th 2024


5273 Comments


Was curious if this would be any good. Great review mate

Mad.
April 9th 2024


4914 Comments


Nice to see a Hawkwind review, it's ridiculous how much stuff these guys still crank out. I used to really enjoy Onward and Blood of the Earth, but haven't listened to anything since so nice if this one is good! And Hall of the Mountain Grill and Warrior on the Edge of Time will always be classics

PumpBoffBag
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2024


1563 Comments


Really excellent review
listened to these guys a bit in high school but had no idea how extensive their discography was. Pretty impressive

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2024


6190 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Always enjoyed listening to Hawkwind, despite not really keeping track of all their releases. Halfway through this one and it's a fun ride. "What Are We Going to Do While We're Here" is a standout so far.

ChaoticVortex
April 9th 2024


1596 Comments


Incredible how these guys (especially Dave Brock) just keep going and dropping albums like its still the 70's. I might dig into their discography one day.

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2024


5911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks folks! Yeah, these guys have a lot of albums. They've also had an absurd amount of lineups (there's literally a Wikipedia page devoted only to current/former members of Hawkwind), but Dave Brock has been involved in every single record.

trickert
April 9th 2024


200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm a Hawkwind fan, primarily of the 70s material, but of course it's been hit or miss since then, more misses alas than hits (but let's acknowledge they did make some good ones!). But with their recent run of albums they've been surprisingly consistent. Definitely going to check this out.

CaliggyJack
April 10th 2024


10040 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've been a huge fan since I discovered them back in 2010. I still listen to them now.



Long live Hawkwind!!

trickert
April 14th 2024


200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally listened to this, like, three times in a row. This is a surprisingly good Hawkwind album. Every track is juiced with something interesting: long guitar "solo" that's heavily integrated into the music so it isn't wankery, semi-jazzy sections, electronic explorations. Mostly mid-tempo, relaxing but stimulating. Mixture of longer and shorter tracks. Only quibble is Dave Brock's voice actually sounds a bit old now--but he manages okay anyway. Recommended.



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