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|The Prodigy||Primary Artist|
|Tim Hutton||Guitar, Horn|
|Liam Howlett||Composer, Producer|
|John C.F. Davis||Mastering|
Posted October 1, 2010
I was worried when I heard what the game plan was behind this album. Old school synth noises layered over modern techno breakbeats? Could that actually work and would it even sound cool? Let's face it, Prodigy's first album, "Experience", was great for it's time but when was the last time you actually listened to Charlie or Jericho or Everybody in the Place? It's classic techno but it's kinda dated and it's not something you'd listen to much anymore. Sort of like "Lust" by Lords of Acid. All of us techno freaks fondly remember the wild, crazy synth sounds of I Must Increase My Bust but it's not something we really listen to these days. Modern techno music is generally defined by something all together different than where it started in the early rave scene. Popular examples of the modern sound are Crystal Method and Chemical Brothers. Unfortunately the techno genre has gotten a little stale as of late. The Chemical Brothers haven't really wowed anyone since "Push the Button" and the last time Crystal Method REALLY blew me away was "Tweekend". Sure, Prodigy's always been there but Liam has been pretty sporadic with his releases. We get one awesome album and then nothing for years. It's always been that way with Prodigy. So now we finally get a new one and it's supposed to be a combination of every sound Prodigy has ever encompassed. I previewed a few early tracks on their MySpace page and other than Take me to the Hospital I wasn't super impressed. So it was with some concern that I laid down the cash for the new album "Invaders Must Die".
Well, I can say with all certainty that this is incredible. My initial reaction to the early songs was completely wrong. I think it takes a good sound system to do it justice and computer speakers can't do that. I popped the CD into my car and I heard what this album was REALLY all about. Can the furious banging breakbeat sound of "Always Outnumbered" really be combined with the wildy quirky synth sounds of "Experience" and if so could it actually be good? The answers are YES and @#$% YES! I didn't believe this would work but I stand corrected. I had no idea how much I'd actually enjoy hearing such old classic sounds being used to create modern techno music but I do and nobody does this better than Liam Howlett. It's also very nice to have Maxim and Keith Flint back. If you enjoyed Experience then you will like this one. If you loved Jilted Generation then there's plenty here for you. If you thought Fat of the Land was incredible you'll be right at home with this CD. If you were in love with the thunderous, almost industrial, beats and wild Reason programming of Always Outnumbered then get ready to smile. Invaders Must Die has something for fans of every style Prodigy has ever flirted with.
I thought reaching into the past would be a bad move for Liam but I was completely wrong. As Everlast used to say, "How do you know where you're going if you don't look back". Indeed. All other techno musicians releasing an album this year, hang your heads in shame. You won't be able to compete with this.
Posted October 1, 2010
Listening to the album right now and i must say i dig it. Most of the music has an old feel similar to there past albums, but isn't that what got everyone hooked on the prodigy before? the fact that they churn out some sick beats to dance and groove to without stepping into the unknown. Most electronic groups today want to invent some type of new style and make an name for themselves... well rather than listen to them and there mash up of pop induced techno grab yourself some true happiness with this new album by the good ol prodigy they stick to what they know best.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.