Nik Turner

Life In Space

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Albums -

Self-styled Thun­der Rider still os­cil­lat­ing wildly.

Hav­ing de­liv­ered the lion’s share of the ethe­real jazz me­an­der­ings that in­formed his 2015 al­bum Space Fu­sion Odyssey, for Life In Space sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian sax­o­phon­ist and flautist Nik Turner has di­alled back into his Hawk­wind her­itage for a more rocky and chop­pier ex­cur­sion. In­deed the most ob­vi­ous com­para­tor would be War­rior On The Edge Of Time, specif­i­cally (al­though Turner might not thank you for say­ing so) Dave Brock’s com­po­si­tions on it.

Life In Space’s in­trigu­ing opener End Of The World suc­cess­fully mar­ries the acous­tic melan­cho­lia of Hawk­wind’s The De­mented Man with Oa­sis-style 60s pop: drenched in re­verb and with the oblig­a­tory cos­mic swirl. Fel­low Hawk­wind alum­nus Si­mon House’s vi­olin on Why

Are You? fur­ther re­in­forces the nos­tal­gia ef­fect, whereas Back To Earth (up­lift­ing whimsy) and Ap­proach­ing The Un­known (filmic grandeur) ex­plore im­pres­sive mu­si­cal ter­ri­to­ries pre­vi­ously not ven­tured in to by the moth­er­ship.

There’s a faint air of res­ig­na­tion through­out, in­ter­spersed with a Utopi­anism which is tempt­ing to in­ter­pret as a bul­wark against age­ing. Who knows? Whether any­one needs an­other reimag­in­ing of Mas­ter Of The Uni­verse at the al­bum’s close is a point less moot.

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