Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Review: The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die

"Invaders Must Die" is The Prodigy's fifth studio album and the first for the last five years. A month ago there was a leak of a demo version of the album, but either it was full of fake tracks or the demos were really very old as the original songs included in the official tracklist distinctively variate. Anyways "Invaders Must Die" is a fact and marks the big return of one of the most important names in the electronic scene. They released the single "Invaders Must Die" on 4th November as a big teaser to the upcoming studio release. Honestly I had no idea what to expect, but had my hopes that it will sound at least a bit better than "Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned", which to me was their weakest album. I wish it had stayed their least appealing album, but "Invaders Must Die" manages to be with an extra idea more annoying. Not that the album is lame to the fullest, but a release like this is more suitable to someone who has just recorded his debut and is about to figure out his stylistic niche.

For some time I used to believe that The Prodigy has ceased to exist and was really surprised to hear they were back in the studio. Is it that they've changed their label or they are out of ideas, but tracks like "Warriors Dance" and "Run With The Wolves" reminded me of their debut "Experience". It will remain a mystery to me the inclusion of the reprise of "Omen"...absolutely pointless. The album could do perfectly without "Stand Up" and "Piranha", which are less than mediocre. There is no drama when picking up the best songs from "Invaders Must Die", they are too easy to be spotted and the rest is more of a filler than actual new material. The Prodigy nowadays are just no match to what they used to be in the 90s: either their time has irrevocably passed or Liam Howlett and company need urgent lessons on contemporary dance music. The Prodigy may be one of the biggest name in the electronic scene, but this doesn't mean that their music should be praised just for the sake of the good old times and glory. Despite the big name that stays behind "Invaders Must Die", this album easily falls in the category of albums that the world could perfectly do without. If the invaders must die the band has to come with better ideas to kill them all!

Songs to hear: "Invaders Must Die", "Omen", "Thunder", "Take Me to the Hospital" and "World's On Fire"

Personal rating: 5 out of 10

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