Whereas the other Hawkwind discs I’m writing about here are archival releases, “Spacebrock” is an all-new for 2000 album. As you might expect, it sounds vastly different from the vintage stuff and features a completely different lineup other than titular mainman Dave Brock himself; actually, the largely electronic and sample-based sound of the disc in combination with the title tends to make one wonder if this isn’t effectively a solo album with several contributions by Brock’s touring cohorts. Regardless, don’t expect a spacerock retread or simulation here – I get the idea Brock’s basically trying to reinvent the spacerock idea for the present, and he’s often very successful. Someone who only liked, say, the Hawks with Lemmy-era stuff might be a bit startled – hell, they might not even recognize it as Hawkwind – but as long as you don’t come to the party expecting the familiar it shouldn’t be a problem. The oddest thing is the credit on the back that says “Life Form” was in the movie “Any Given Sunday.” Really? That Al Pacino/Cameron Diaz football movie? I didn’t see it – I’m not big on sports – but now I almost want to check it out to see if the Hawks are in the background there or what.
–guest (Hawk Records/Voiceprint)