Album Review: Chris Hadfield—“Space Sessions: Songs From A Tin Can”

By Arman Adel

As the first Canadian to walk in space, a former commander of the International Space Station and an amateur musician, it is no wonder that Chris Hadfield would take the time to write and record an album in space.

Album art for Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can

Album art for Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can

Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can is Hadfield’s brainchild, a twelve track narrative of his years of space travel and some other random topics such as farms and smoke. It has been almost a month since the Canadian astronaut released his very first EP, yet I am still very unsure about my opinion on it. To be completely honest, I had no clue that Chris Hadfield had any interest in music until I was unknowingly volunteered to write this review, so as a disclaimer for anyone reading, this piece will be informal at best and unprofessional at its worst.

I only enjoyed one song off this album. This wasn’t necessarily because all the other tracks were bad (the vocal recordings were slightly choppy but he recorded them in space so you can’t be too critical) but because it was a heavily folk influenced album. Personally, I don’t like folk music so I felt I couldn’t be very objective here, it all sounds the exact same to me. I’m sure to someone who actively listens to folk music; this would have been an average album. Going on that, I’m just going to say that the album was decent and that I am really not the go-to person for neo-space-folk album reviews.

The one track I actually liked was “Beyond the Terra”. There really isn’t anything too special about it. It has some nice layering, a really nifty guitar part and was the least folk song on the album. Overall I would give it a solid 7/10; it was my only motivation to go through with writing this review in the end.

So, to conclude and possibly save some face here. As far as I know, Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can was a very decent album and in all honesty is worth listening to if you enjoy folk music. Hadfield is a grassroots Canadian and he really brings that out in the lyrical and musical stylings of his EP. It could be a really enjoyable listen if you give it a shot. (Warner Bros.)

Listen: “Daughter of My Sins”

Editor’s Note: this post has been edited to correct an error – an earlier version stated that Chris Hadfield was the first Canadian to walk on the moon. This was incorrect, as there has not been a manned lunar landing since 1972.

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2 Responses to “Album Review: Chris Hadfield—“Space Sessions: Songs From A Tin Can””
  1. missy mark says:

    Uh, dude…he was the first Canadian to walk in space, not the moon. There hasn’t been a moon mission in over 40 years. :0)

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