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Album Review

For their third full-length effort, Spacehog stayed close to the David Bowie/T. Rex sound that made their 1996 debut Resident Alien such a hit. But if hopes were that a single as catchy as that album's out-of-the-gate hit "In the Meantime" was to be found, sadly there is not. That's not to say The Hogyssey doesn't have its moments. The lead single, "I Want to Live," displays all the fuzz and falsetto that made "Meantime" so popular (and with a line like "soar like an angel, ride like a whore," how could it go wrong?), and the accusatory "A Real Waste of Food" goes for a Diamond Dogs vibe and gets chunky with Wurlitzer and horns. "Perpetual Drag," "At Least I Got Laid," and "Jupiter's Moon" sport some truly inspired guitar riffs and powerful playing, but the corny rearrangement of Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra (better known as the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey) is just downright ill-advised. An attempt to get back to the vibe of Resident Alien may have been a good idea, but now, in addition to drawing liberally from Bowie and glam rock, the Hog are already revisiting their own work. Crunchy guitars aside, perhaps Hogyssey is a misstep for Langdon and company. [This is the "clean" version of this release.]

Customer Reviews

"The Hogyssey"

Perhaps it's not as good as "Resident Alien", but "The Hogyessey" is amazing. Spacehog clearly hasn't lost thier touch, and they remain to be one of my favorite rock bands. My advice: if you like good rock music, buy this album, it is well worth it!

Rezzzzpect

True, Spacehog came on the scene in the middle of a flood of Brit-Pop cookie cutters (almost as bad as the hair-metal era). To me, Spacehog and Supergrass stood close to- if not at the top of the heap. Personally, I think This album is every bit as good as Resident Alien. If "Waste of Food" or "I Want to Live" would have gotten more exposure, either one could easily have been hits. I even like the cheeky British humor of "The Hogyssey" (2001 A Space Oddysey remake). I highly recommend all three albums, but this may be the best.

Dig it

first off "The Hogyssey" is one of the only insturmentals i ever listen to it's insane. Second, the entire album is awesome. you can't go wrong buying this CD and be sure to listen to "the Horror" long enough to hear the hidden part.

Biography

Formed: 1993 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Spacehog mixed glam rock influences, including David Bowie and T. Rex, into their wall-of-distorted-guitars sound, a combination that helped the band make a modest dent in the late-'90s alternative rock scene. The quartet formed in New York City in 1993, following British drummer Jonny Cragg's move from Leeds to the Big Apple. He landed a job killing rats in the basement of an espresso bar, and although the work was less than desirable, he managed to meet guitarist (and fellow U.K. native) Antony...
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