- Everyday Combat
- A Town Called Hypocrisy
- The New Transmission
- Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)
- Can't Stop, Gotta Date with Hate
- Can't Catch Tomorrow (Good Shoes Won't Save You This Time)
- Everybody's Screaming!!!
- Broken Hearts, Torn Up Letters and the Story of a Lonely Girl
- 4:AM Forever
- For All These Times Son, For All These Times
- Heaven for the Weather, Hell for the Company
- Always All Ways (Apologies, Glances and Messed Up Chances)
This Welsh sextet have never been short on attitude or riffs, as borne out by two previous outings that seamlessly conjoined ghosts of emo and nu-metal, past and present. But on Liberation Transmission, they've finally turned that mastery of form into a thoroughly compelling set of songs that stick in the head long after the disc is back on the shelf. Songs like "A Town Called Hypocrisy," one of a few tracks to incorporate a swinging, groove-conscious bottom end, bring to mind London Calling-era Clash, a comparison that extends to frontman Ian Watkins's belligerent lyrical stance. Watkins is no Joe Strummer, mind you, but he does muster up enough balled-fist rage to make "Rooftops" -- a jut-jawed anthem about refusing to go quietly into the conformity of nine-to-five life -- all but impossible to deny. Many of Liberation Transmission's tracks are so steadfastly anthemic -- from the pro-feminist nod "Can't Stop, Gotta Date with Hate" to the careening "Can't Catch Tomorrow" -- that the disc becomes something of an emotional workout. That's balanced out, however, by Lostprophets' decision to replace the mannered rap workouts that bogged down past releases with shiny (if not necessarily happy) guitar lines that range from the bruising ("Everyday Combat") to caressing ("Broken Hearts, Torn Up Letters and the Story of a Lonely Girl"). It may not be the feel-good album of the summer, but it's guaranteed to make you feel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was unfamiliar with this band when I had first bought the album. I bought because the music producing god, Bob Rock, had produced the album. From the start, the music makes you want to start dancing, it's very catchy and dace able. The songs do start to sound the same as it progresses, making moments boring. They have that poppy sound to them but at the same time they can rock out as well. I wasn't too pleased with my purchase because they do sound like a lot of other bands in their same genre. If you like the genre though, you should add this one to your collection.
Okay, I was very excited for this cd. Lostprophets' previous albums, The Fake Sound of Progress and Start Something are fantastic. The band has now lightened up their music and there is really only one "hard" song on the album, Everday Combat. So, if you are a fan of the screaming metal-like old sounds of Lostprophets, avoid the album. If you enjoy your rock to have a pop sound to it, pick it up. You'll enjoy it.
Liberation Transmission is a lot better than Start Something. All the songs are really good if you're into this kind of music. I think Lostprophets has a very bright future in the music business if they'd tour in America a little more.