Monday, 23 February 2009

New Prodigy album released today! Read my review of the album.

Today is the day I was waiting for so long! "Invaders Must Die" released under Prodigy's "Cooking Vinyl" label. It is their first album after 4 whole years (their last album was "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned". released in 2005). The album has eleven tracks. It is different in sound from the previous one, it is more old skool and ravy, just like their first two albums, "Experience" and "Music for the Jilted Generation". Obviously Liam has learned from his mistakes - most prodigy fans were disatisfied by the different sound of the previous album, we definately needed more phat beats, and voila! here they are at last! Let's move on my commentary on the album's tracks.

Invaders Must Die: The title track, was released as the first single off the album last December. It is rocky, for me it's like listening to Metallica on remix. Somewhere in the middle of the track you can hear the sample "We are the Prodigy!", just to remind us that the biggest electro/rave band is back. I like this track but it's not Prodigy enough.

Omen: The second single of the album. Featuring lyrics sung by Keith and Maxim, it's a dynamic big beat. The song's main melodic line is being played by a triangle too (which is funny but sounds quite childish to my ears.) Overall, it's a descent track, but not the best of the album.

Thunder: Based on an old reggae tune, sounds like "Out Of Space" from the "Experience" album. But it's not sounding as old skool, a huge phat beat is tearing your speakers just after the refrain is introduced in the beginning of the song.

Colours: A crazy rave tune sung by Keith Flint. Sounds like the stuff from the "Fat of the Land", same phat beat, same off-the-tune vocals.

Take Me To The Hospital: One of my favourites! A really soundblasting phat beat is comming off from your speakers which reminds "Narayan" a bit. Keith and Maxim provide their characteristic vocals too. Brilliant!

Warriors Dance: If any track out of the album reminds you of "No Good", that's it! "Warriors Dance" is vocally based on an old house song (Sorry, I don't remember the title of it right now). It would be a huge hit if ever released as a single. It is catchy and it makes you want to dance.

Run With The Wolves: Descent track too, it features Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters on drums. It's quite heavy. Keith and Maxim sing so loud on it!

Omen Reprise: The shortest track of the album, I can't understand why this is included in the album and not in "Omen" single. As the name suggests, it's based on "Omen".

World's On Fire: Great track, quite ravy with Keith and Flint sing "The world, the world, the world's on fire!". It is a typical Prodigy track and the most "Always Outnumbered Always Outgunned" of all.

Piranha: Not a bad song, but also one of the weakest in my opinion.

Stand Up: The closing track is the most weird of the album. Actually it sounds like Primal Scream, too british and 90s sounding. Oh, it's an instrumental too. Sounds fun though, it's something different.

There is a limited deluxe edition of the album which has a bonus CD with four instrumentals: "Black Smoke", "Fighter Beat", "The Big Gun Down" and "Wild West". They are not a reason to buy the slightly overpriced edition, but if you are curious you can download them from the Internet. But: Buy this album, if you love the Prodigy! It worths every penny of it! Indeed, it is better than the previous one and one of their best. Bravo Liam! You didn't let us down this time! 5 out of 5 for you!

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