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THE PRODIGY Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned   Print  E-mail 
Written by Mark Reed  
Friday, 20 August 2004

"Give me seven years, a million quid in the bank and all his equipment and I too could make a record this bad."

There's two ways of doing it.

You can make great records. Tour. Do what a band is meant to do.

Or you can disappear bar lucrative festival headlining slots twice a year, and finally release an album seven years later. A pisspoor album at best. An solo album with a stack of guest vocalists from Hollywood in place of the band.

An album that sounds like recent Primal Scream b-sides. An album that sounds like it's had its bollocks ripped off and fed back to itself. This album makes you feel the way you do when you realise that the girl you're going out with isn't anywhere near as good as the old one. Liam Howlett is trading down, and it's not a pretty sight. This album is the cuckolded husband of The Prodigy's past glories.

Remember "Fat Of The Land"? Well, you remember then the screeching, tied-to-a-runaway-train-with-a-ticking-incendary-device feeling of the whole album. The garbled, idiot savant vocals and the furious, cleansing rage of "Fuel My Fire".

That band is dead.

And what is the new Prodigy record? Dated shit. Mining a vein of tired rehashes of late 80's hiphop and unimaginative ripoffs of old classics. Try a cover version of "Love Buzz" - Nirvana's debut single - as track 9. (It's called "Phoenix" here, by the way). Try a Prodigy dub mix of "Thriller", call it "The Way It Goes Down" and stick it as track 11 on your album. Try abandoning inspiration and talent in favour of a bunch of old, neutered songs that the dustmen forget to pick up.

It's a hastily-cobbled together selection of Liam Howlett solo songs with guest vocalists, with all the Good Stuff the band wrote years ago scrapped and replaced with meandering, dated stuff that's more 1984 than 2004. If it wasn't called The Prodigy nobody would buy it. And even the solo albums by ex-Prodigy members (by Flightcrank and Maxim) beat the pants off this. Give me seven years, a million quid in the bank and all his equipment and I too could make a record this bad.

This album is dull, tired bland shit. The type of dance music that millionaire dads who don't go dancing anymore make. It's derivative, uninspired, and apart from three songs ("Spitfire", "Get Up, Get Off", and "Shoot Down", with Oasis of all people), is completely redundant.

Give up Liam. This isn't a band, and this isn't music. It's the sound of talent and inspiration running away as fast as they can from the future. It's No Good. Stop The Dance.

Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned
Written by Guest on 2004-08-25 06:51:53
I think this album is very good, liam gallachers song is utter shite. thefinalword are very good at writing complete guff, i mean "fuel my fire" was the worst fucking song on fat of the land. i would highly recommend it, although it isn't their best work.
Written by markreed on 2004-08-25 16:47:55
"Fuel My Fire" is the worst song on teh album, and it beats the shite out of at least 2/3rds of this new album.
Written by Guest on 2004-08-31 12:47:16
What are you talking about?! 
Prodigy has always been fresh and great and this fourth album is definitely no exception! 
Itīs jampacked with excellent powerfilled kickass tunes! 
mr happy
Written by Guest on 2004-08-31 18:46:39
how the fuck did this take 7 years im gutted a 7 year wait for this shite. album of the year my fat arse. he best make album 5 fast an make it fucking good or the prodigy are finished. maybe he should call it a day now.
what is all the fuss
Written by Guest on 2004-09-01 04:05:32
:eek Im not a fan of prodigy, but listen to a lot of electronica... it is not a bad album but it is far from breathtaking, nothing you haven't heard before... nice playing with music generating software but something is just missing...
Written by Guest on 2004-09-13 09:37:55
:grin I think this album is great, very addictive. Its such a change from their previous album. I guess it all depends on what type of music your into. No need to bag it if its not your thing.
Written by Guest on 2004-09-13 12:21:44
:? I am very confused with this album; it is not industrial at all, which is what i considered prodigy to be when they did "FAT OF THE LAND"; this is techno, and i don't like techno, i could listen to song 11 and that's about it, but only becuase it is pretty much thriller remixed, SORRY prodigy but you didn't kick any ass on this album this time, i am very dissappointed especially after 7 years of waiting.
Written by Guest on 2004-09-21 09:39:29

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