Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
At one point, they were touted as spearheading the return of evil to pop music -- with all the fury surrounding "Smack My Bitch Up" and such -- but these Brit industro-rockers wax surprisingly Regular Joe on this long-anticipated comeback. "Spitfire" employs many of the band's standard sonic tricks -- manipulated machine-gun drums, distorted vocals by Liam Howlett -- but the resultant brew is more intoxicating than purely acidic. "Showdown" mixes things up a bit by using similarly hypnotic beats but overlaying them with snarling vocal intonations courtesy of Liam Gallagher. The Oasis singer is just one of a handful of guests thrown into the maelstrom here; actress ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
At one point, they were touted as spearheading the return of evil to pop music -- with all the fury surrounding "Smack My Bitch Up" and such -- but these Brit industro-rockers wax surprisingly Regular Joe on this long-anticipated comeback. "Spitfire" employs many of the band's standard sonic tricks -- manipulated machine-gun drums, distorted vocals by Liam Howlett -- but the resultant brew is more intoxicating than purely acidic. "Showdown" mixes things up a bit by using similarly hypnotic beats but overlaying them with snarling vocal intonations courtesy of Liam Gallagher. The Oasis singer is just one of a handful of guests thrown into the maelstrom here; actress Juliette Lewis adds a passable purr to "Hot Ride" while motor-mouthed rapper Twista revs up to match the blistering BPM of "Get Up Get Off." There's even an attempt to -- more or less -- craft a power ballad, in the form of "Phoenix," a '60s-flavored concoction that's probably the most mainstream song the Prodigy have yet created. Always Outnumbered isn't so close to the middle of the road that the Prodigy have to worry about being made into roadkill, but it does come wrapped in an acknowledgement that the road itself exists. That in itself is a first.
All Music Guide - David Jeffries
The Prodigy's main man, Liam Howlett, said in an interview that usual bandmembers Keith Flint and Maxim weren't on the new album because this is a back-to-the-core record, one to find the soul of the Prodigy dancer Leeroy Thornhill left the band years ago -- losing your dancer, always crippling. For anyone rooting for the band, it sounded like a good deal. Howlett came off as a mad beat scientist of great genius on his goin'-it-alone CD The Dirtchamber Sessions, Vol. 1, rockin' the beats with mad style and blowing the dust off Babe Ruth's "The Mexican" just to prove how he was cooler than you. It was a sweet mix, but then nothing -- and then it got worse. But at least Howlett himself called 2002's dull "Baby's Got a Temper" single an F'n piece of S. Seems like he was well aware things were going wrong and has gotten himself back on the right track, so let's all go nuts for Prodigy again. There's an inspired list of guest stars on the album -- Princess Superstar, Kool Keith, Liam Gallagher, Twista, Juliette Lewis -- and Howlett is working hard throughout, twiddling the knobs and making noises fly every which way. "Girls" is a good electro roller, the surprisingly different and slinky "Phoenix" is proof Howlett hasn't lost it, and you're bound to fall for at least one of the generic fist pumpers, as they do have that whipping sting in the tail of which Howlett is the master. Unfortunately, Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned isn't the success 1997's Fat of the Land was. It's steps ahead of the "Baby's Got a Temper" single and worth it for the faithful, but not up to the old standards.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2012
  • Label: Xl Recordings
  • UPC: 634904018320
  • Catalog Number: 40183
  • Sales rank: 202,613

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Spitfire (5:07)
  2. 2 Girls (4:07)
  3. 3 Memphis Bells (4:28)
  4. 4 Get Up Get Off (4:19)
  5. 5 Hot Ride (4:36)
  6. 6 Wake Up Call (4:56)
  7. 7 Action Radar (5:32)
  8. 8 Medusa's Path (6:08)
  9. 9 Phoenix (4:38)
  10. 10 You'll Be Under My Wheels (3:56)
  11. 11 The Way It Is (5:46)
  12. 12 Shoot Down (4:32)
  13. 13 More Girls (6:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Prodigy Primary Artist
Anna Robinson Vocals, Background Vocals
Liam Gallagher Vocals
Noel Gallagher Bass, Bass Guitar
Liam Howlett Bass, Guitar
Juliette Lewis Vocals
Kool Keith Vocals
Princess Superstar Vocals
Neil McLellan Vocals
Jim Hunt Flute
Jim Davies Guitar
Ping Pong Bitches Vocals
Scott Donaldson Guitar
Technical Credits
Mac Robertson Sound Effects
Liam Howlett Composer, beats, Audio Production
Twista Composer
Dave Pemberton Producer
J.T. Martinez Composer
Jan "Stan" Kybert Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Album YEt

    This album explodes with more energy and inspiration than any one to day. each track follows the same theme of a middle eastern type vibe with more rythm than james brown dreamed of. However, not that it does differ a lot from the fat of the land, liam howlett went in a different direction and went back to his roots. The result will blow you away, it may take a few listens to get use to the new sound he invents but once you do you'll never take this cd outta the deck.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Techno is alive and well!

    This is what the Prodigy is all about, pure techno, hard hitting beats, and a bit of hip hop. The new single from the album "Girls" at first sounds like an old school hip hop song then suddenly blasts into that sound that is unmistakeably The Prodigy! "Memphis Bells" is intense and "Get Up Get Off" is the best track on the cd. You have got to check this out! WILD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Well, Liam said it would be different

    Generally I really like the new CD, although I had greater expectations given the wait. The more I listen to it, however, the more i like it, It doesn't grab instantly you like TFOTL, but then neither did MFTJG, and that, I believe, is their best so far. The only misfit track is Phoenix which I'm really struggling with. Other than that it's intelligent, powerful, different, punky in places, and finally released.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very worthwhile

    I'm not a big fan of any electronic music or whatever you want to label it, but I am a fan of "just great music" and that is definitely what this is. You can tell there was a lot of hard work put into this album and it pays off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    basically...

    won't go into it, if you're looking for a short opinion apposed to all others, its pretty good but the wait definetly teased a little too much

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just absolute perfect music!

    If you have been waiting those years for the prodigy....this is it. I believe that they have been back in the archives looking at "the orb" , and "orbital". I can't say enough about this album. I really think that it will go down as a less than essential seller, but a better than most album. Essential in your electronic base collection!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best ever Prodigy album

    All the songs are so powerful... it was worth waiting for 7 years...

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