THE PRODIGY – Invaders Must Die

Prodigy fans had to wait almost a decade for Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned (2004) to follow-up the excellent Fat Of The Land (1997). This time the anticipation was relieved much sooner. Outnumbered had some classic tracks, but was not a wall-to-wall masterpiece like Fat. It also had a marked absence from Prodigy dancers turned vocalists Keef (formerly Keith Flint) and Maxim. For any group, artist or beat-maker to top their definitive release can be a burden, but moving forward is the only way, then reviewers like me won’t harp on it (too much). Invaders Must Die certainly grows on you and in many ways feels like it reaches back to capture some of the Music For The Jilted Generation flavour – another fantastic and trend-setting album.
Just falling short of a dozen cuts, mastermind Liam Howlett’s defined beats, sound and energy spills from the speakers with steel-tip boots. While some dance acts will remain that (and less), The Prodigy compacts songs that accommodate a wide spectrum of music enthusiasts which also include those who are prone to have Rock or even Punk leanings.
This is the kind of dance music that can start a riot, as opposed to your Tiësto trance-flavoured (monotonous) and peaceful new-rave-generation tunes. This is aggressive, in-your-face dance music which surpasses that label on many levels.
As mentioned, Keef and Maxim are back to add extra force with their vocals.
The title track is an announcement exactly on what you’re going to expect – a near mind-altering experience designed to instigate your body (not sure how South Africans will view the title of Invaders Must Die after our recent xenophobic violence, as opposed to a fictitious B-movie alien attack…). Omen and its Reprise will be one of many unforgettable and instantly recognizable Prodigy tunes. There is the strung-out mood of Take Me To The Hospital, and the reggae-flavoured vocal of Thunder. As is customary there are guests on this album which include a certain Mr. Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters- and Nirvana-fame who has certainly not laid down his drum sticks (making appearances on albums for bands like Queens Of The Stone Age and Tenacious D). Here he adds that swift and powerful style to songs like Run With The Wolves and the chilled out brass-laden closing track Stand Up.
My two least favourite tracks are ironically centered around what The Prodigy was founded on – the dancefloor aimed Warrior’s Dance (spoiled for me by the generic female vocal) and the Krumping leanings of Colours (with a rudimentary tune and dull vocals both dipping down and climbing up to dip down again).
Overall this is another fine album which will cement The Prodigy as an entity unto itself and a genre all of its own.

5 / A
- Paul Blom

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temp.
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A:Multiple Listening Potential
B:Deserves Another Spin
C:Once Should Suffice

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