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As I was growing up in the Nineties, dance music was my primary selection for my auditory enjoyment needs, and this is one of the two bands that deepened my scope of the genre. Orbital are my all time favourite, but coming in a close second is The Prodigy. Unlike Orbital, The Prodigy are much more well known in the chart area and among the general public, but still remain firmed rooted in the underground dance scene. They have been in the press, highly praised and criticised in balanced amounts, and are one of the longest running dance bands the UK has produced. Currently making a sixth album, I thought I would reflect on the previous LP, Invaders Must Die. After a disappointing fourth album, this is the The Prodigy's attempt to relive their past heights. It does just that.
--The Only Way is Essex... Dance Music!--
Hailing from Braintree in Essex, The Prodigy were formed by composer Liam Howlett, vocalist and dancer Keith (Keef) Flint, dancer and keyboardist Leeroy Thornhill and MC Keith Palmer, the latter using the stage name Maxim Reality. Only six months after their demo lead track "What Evil Lurks" was heard, they were signed by XL recordings and The Prodigy hit the underground dance scene and the charts with the track "Charly". It was a huge hit in both fields, taking cues from the popular rave style at the time by sampling children's TV shows. Apart from being the start of their success, it was also the start of their inherent relationship with controversy, and set a tone for their future in a poignant way. They take their name from the first synthesizer Howlett owned, a Moog Prodigy made in the seventies.
The Prodigy went on to have huge success and popularity with the first album, "Experience", but were tagged as 'Toytown Techno' by critics and that they couldn't see a future for the band. The Prodigy altered their musical style after this, and the second album "Music For The Jilted Generation" was a barnstormer. Partly inspired by the Criminal Justice Act of Anti-rave, the mixture of live instruments, industrial beats and synthesizers was to pave the way of their iconic sound, and they became pioneers in the dance-niche genre, typically referred to as 'Big Beat'. Highly praised, this was followed up by the more vocal "The Fat Of The Land", which included the bands first number one hits "Firestarter" and "Breathe". Massive controversy surrounded the band again, mostly with the title track "Smack My Bitch Up" and it's accompanying video. I'm not going to go into details here, but just Google it, and you will find out what went on. This album was also a big success, as were the bands live performances, something which they are mindbogglingly good at. A dance gig would never be the same after watching The Prodigy. After this, a single written by Flint's side-band was released, which was not only disappointing but again very controversial for the music lyrics and video. This dented The Prodigy's reputation in my view, and after several years in hiatus, returned with a fourth album "Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned". It didn't hit the heights of previous albums, and while it had some excellent tracks included and some interesting innovations, it sounded a bit lacklustre and rushed, veering away from classic Prodigy. Howlett did say he was not happy with the outcome, and again the band went out of public view. In 2009, the band made a big and hyped comeback with this album "Invaders Must Die". It was said to be a return to the classic Prodigy sound but progressing ahead of the currant dance music trends, just like The Prodigy had done before.
After being a little disheartened with the fourth album, I heard the title track "Invaders Must Die" on the radio while returning from work, and was bobbing about the car in the first minute. Their unique blend of heavy beats, heavy bass, live guitar and drums, screaming vocals and catchy synth riffs had returned with gusto. I had high expectations for the whole record, and was not robbed of this when I bought it. I was not expecting an 'All Tracker!' (I assign this tag to bands which produce and album were every track in brilliant), but was so glad to hear they had re-invented their sound in a new but instantly recognisable way. "Invaders Must Die" is the first Prodigy album not to be released by XL recordings, but on The Prodigy's own label "Take Me To The Hospital".
--Price, Packaging and Availability--
You can pick the CD up from all on-line retailers and it's also common the any high street music shops, and I would expect to pay anything from £5 to £15, depending on which version of the CD you get. MP3 format is of course available too at reduced prices from many stores including itunes and Amazon. The cover design likes to portray the band as the rough and ready underground band they were. Using another new logo (they have changed this on every album), the cover and inlay are all coloured in black, dark orange and black, making for a very industrial feel. The picture of the rear of a German zepplin graces the front cover, and the inlay photographs are a mixture of the band members looking moody, a trait they always put in their album sleeves, and other pictures depicts military preparation and soldiers gathering. It's not what I wouldn't expect, the covers have always been rather striking and attention grabbing after "Experience". All the title text in in a graffiti-esk typeface, and the details are clearly printing using a retro typewriter font. It's a good cover, and fitting with what the band want to transmit about their music within.
1 Invaders Must Die: It's sometimes refreshing to see the title track of the album actually coming first, and this a great way to get things rolling. The Prodigy clearly want to prove to the listener that they have re-discovered their own sound and progressed it to step ahead of the crowd yet again. 'Invaders Must Die' does this with a wonderful fan-memory build-up, using all the telling sounds The Prodigy use. A fading in distorted bass-line begins, low rough electric guitar starts the primary riff, breakbeat drums and hi-hats fade in along to the signature warping acid synth, and when it reaches the drop we are told "We Are... The Prodigy!" and bang, the full force of the track comes in. Using a two drum marching deep beat, it's an instant foot jiggler. With the addition of the high feedback synth melody, a Prodigy fan is grinning from ear to ear, and a new listener is very intrigued. A classic hard dance instrumental with the vocal sample 'Invaders must DIE!', it's a brilliant beginning to the album, and wants to grab your attention to declare the band are back, can still cut it and here to stay. [9/10]
2 Omen: This was the first single release off the album and it's not surprising to see why. Instantly starting with it's pitching main melody, it's a certain hark back to the style of 'No Good, Start the Dance', and becomes memorable very quickly. Having taken a step back from vocal duties, Mr Flint is back singing the lines under a synth effect, the primary hook being 'It's an Omen..men...men..men..men!' Loud drums that cut suddenly, and the hits at organised randomness echo a more modern dub step style, but the tell-tale deep bass is in there marauding among the high notes and buzzing synth. The drum beat is rather basic in parts, and alters slightly from mix to mix. This version has the simplest drum arrangement, the released version sounded faster and louder, but was only because of the inclusion of more drum lines. That said, this album version is loud, bright, danceable and even singable track which again is typical Prodigy. [9/10]
3 Thunder: For any album to start with three top tunes, you know your on to a good thing. 'Thunder' likes to tease you at first, with a very low bass hit and claps underlying a white noise fluctuating synth note. The track cuts with a electric ripping sound, and in comes the reggae-esk vocals. Again, this makes it a good one to sing along too, but it's major highlight is that white noise which has now become a twisted bass-line riff that drives the track. Accompanied by a quick snare drum hit and breakbeat backing, the track really powers on hard with blips that lighten the proceedings, and makes them vocals all the more repeatable. This is a good example of the classic/progress the The Prodigy are trying to achieve, and it's a fine hard dance tune as a result. [9/10]
4 Colours: Dipping away from the top form demonstrated in the first three tracks, this shows some of the more hard-to-like aspects of the Prodigy's sound. Fast and energetic certainly, 'Colours' is a hard hitting mixture of most type drums, ear-bleeding guitar screeching riffs and plenty of Keef's over the top vocals. For me, it's all a bit too much and seems just too messy and loud just for the sake of it. However, there are good points, a chorus melody sounding like an 80's computer game is nice and breaks the track up well, and there is organisation to the drum loops, but all too soon the repeated haphazard loudness offsets this. The changes in tempo don't help matters either. Could have been a fine track, but too overblown and too lyrical for me, and makes this one of the weakest tracks on the album. [5/10]
5 Take Me To The Hospital: As soon as the disappointment subsides, this brings all what I love about The Prodigy back in a short 3 minutes! A playful retro melody starts, angry synth underpins this, which sounds like it could have been off the first album, and this happy but loud but aggressive tune is joined by a classic jumpy breakbeat, switching from industrial hits to tinny white noise constantly. Keef's vocals are again present, but in the way I like and not overpowering the music. Kind of reminiscent of 'Firestarter', 'Take Me To The Hospital' runs fast, vocals are fun (and weird) and repeating, and includes the return of the sped up chipmunk vocal sample that the band used well in the past. Don't get to wrong, I'm not a big fan of this, but used correctly can make or break a dance track, and works really well here. The organisation and balance is perfect, and makes this a perfect example to show the unknowing what the band are capable of. My favourite track on the album. "Push up your hands if your lovin' my style" says the chipmunk. My hands are up! [10/10]
6 Warrior's Dance: The second single release after Omen, 'Warrior's Dance' is another cracking Prodigy effort, and one which borrows retro cues but feels fresh at the same time. With a starting and backing chord effect reminiscent of 808 State's 'Pacific State', and a well used vocal sample from Final Cut's 'Take Me Away'. The blend of this with the hard dirty bass lines, clicky drum and bass loops, and a low/high wave acid synth really creates something special. It's a relatively simple tune, but is paced well and organised impeccably, and just generates a huge amount of energy, catching the attention of older ears detecting that retro sound buried inside. A track that underlines that the band can still do their old skills the best. Not perfect, but almost, and one of The Prodigy's finest efforts. [9/10]
7 Run With Wolves: At first, this appears to sound like a poorly streamed live version, but it's just a effect for Mr Foo Fighter himself to get busy with a drumkit, and that really is the highlight of this track. The bass, electric beats, and synth effects are all rather non-threatening and not breaking any boundaries. A Prodigy sound you have heard before. Keef's back with a fair few vocals again, and in a slightly softer tone and more catchy too. The live drums win the track though, even when there is some rather naughty effects twisting around towards the climax. Quite rapid and enjoyable, but not memorable. [7/10]
8 Omen Reprise: Odd one this, acting more like a filler track, and certainly something you would hear opening a live performance or leading into it's mother track 'Omen'. Several hard synth riffs in a very dub-step style way are layered on top ofeach other, using the slowed bass line from 'Omen', with a few cut lyrics from the same tune. A nice experimental piece, that is completely in the wrong place on the album, or should not be included at all and only used for the live shows. [7/10]
9 Worlds On Fire: Quickly back to familiar territory with looped vocals and a deep rolling bass, I would have expected this track to be more of a success in it's own right, but that seemed not to happen. Heavy hits, snarey hissing beats with great stammered breaks, and the return of both Keef and Maxim on vocals, which always works well for me (Breathe, Poison.. etc). Massively classic hard dance, could have been on the third album, more good stuff is included to push it into a fifth album track. Mock 80's computer sounds effects again are used, as are very familiar melodies inspired from the rave acts of the 90's. Also, while the constant stammered break keep things going nicely, the sample "If your so special, Why are you dead?" is strangely catchy, again with surreptitious effects in the background. Maybe dark in topic, but a very fun, solid and a mass retro-rave mixture that works well. [8/10]
10 Piranha: Sometimes a track can come along that can split your thoughts in two, and like some of it's piscine namesake's victims, it can be a tough one to chew on. There are aspects about this track I love in dance music; the driving bass fading, the quick drums and use of a Theremin (A sound I adore!). However, this starts with a loud awful stand-alone horn riff that makes you instantly want to turn it off! That repeats on occasion, but what is really wrong are the vocals, they are just not needed and don't seem to be in tone or theme with the music, far to lyrical for the sake of it again, and just plain annoying really. Would be much better is it was an instrumental, because that's where the strengths are. [7/10]
11 Stand Up: Finishing on another slightly experimental branch for the band, this is an instrumental, and is almost a direct cover of 'One Way Glass' by Manfred Mann. The brass chords are there, having had an excellent re-jigging, and the Prodigy's industrial grimy version of the original guitar bass lines are present in a prominent way. What makes this track erm, stand up from being a cover is that there are no vocals, woven in synth, heavy kick thumps and some marvellously retro acid lines, hitting the stupidly high frequencies sometimes, something akin to Josh Winks 'Higher State of Consciousness' or the Prodigy's own 'Weather Experience'. I like this, different yes, but holds onto the bands sound just enough, and doesn't ruin the original either, because it's not billed as a cover version. A good finale to a great album. [8/10]
All tracks Written and Produced by Liam Howlett, Keef Flint and Maxim
Additional Mixing by Neil Mclellan
Additional Vocals by Brother Culture
Additional Instruments by Dave Grohl
Mastering by John Davis
Released by Take Me To The Hospital/Cooking Vinyl
Additional material by Nick Halkes, Tim Hutton, Trevor Joe, John Fortis, Live ID, Jari Salo, Paul Malstrom, Bridgett Grace, Jeff Mills, Anthony Srock, Marcos Vincente Salon, Kim Deal, Scrapper, Billy Childish, Rajesh Roshan, Sameer Anjaan, Manfred Mann and Peter Thomas.
Total Length - 46:00 minutes Approx
It had to live up to a lot of hype from the broadcasters and marketers, and more importantly be satisfactory for the expectant fans after the disappointment of the previous album. I can't speak for all, but from my experience and personal feelings, I think The Prodigy have made a successful return to the dance-music premiership, something they were top of the table frequently in years gone by. This album mostly serves up what they, the band, had hoped to bring to us. The unique, angry, industrial dance/rave/rock sound is clearly evident here, missing a bit from the last outing, and with some new progressions and a few hit and miss mash ups, it's overall a hard hitting, hard shouting but catchy dance rock out that I for one was expecting. Yes, a few tracks are not so great, but I could pick at least four tracks from this album if I were to make my favourite 20 Prodigy tracks: and that says something to me. It says The Prodigy are not gone for the time being, and with be staying around for the near future, still invading your ear drums for years to come.
Thanks for Reading. © Novabug
This is the first album I've brought by the prodigy and I wasn't disappointed. The Prodigy's new album contains 11 tracks including hit singles Omen and Warrior's Dance. Most of the tracks are excellent with fast beats, good lyrics and big bass to get you jumping around the room or head banging in the car. There is a few poor tracks in the album such as Omen (Reprise) and Stand Up but the other tracks make up for it.
Here is the track listing:
INVADERS MUST DIE - Great way to start the album old fashioned and loud but still fun to listen to. 7/10
OMEN - One of the best tracks on the album reached no 2 in the UK charts. Fast paced rock/electronic beat with shout out loud vocals. 10/10
THUNDER - Is a mix off reggae and electronic/rock and is fun to listen to.7/10
COLOURS - Different and fast moving a punk/rock track. 7/10
TAKE ME TO THE HOSPITAL - has a helium vocal breakdown similar to the old skool track Out Of Space 7/10
WARRIORS DANCE - Never seem to get bored of this it's similar to some there old tracks with female vocals and new sounds. 9/10
RUN WITH THE WOLVES - This track sounds similar to some of the hard rock metal music 7/10
OMEN (RERISE) - Worst track on the album its like an annoying 2 min remix of OMEN 2/10
WORLDS ON FIRE - My favourite track on the album reminds me of Firestarter one of the most old-skool tracks on the album.10/10
PIRANHA - Ok but gets boring halfway through has a rock garage rhythm. 5/10
STAND UP - Slows down the tempo and is a little boring 4/10
I found that the album has a mix of old skool tracks similar to Firestarter and Breathe and a mix of there new stuff. Overall this album is full of energy and has a song for everyone. If you like tracks by the big Austrian band pendulum you will love as this album . Its one of them must buy albums.
After almost 17 years of annoying and riling up the older generation and simultaneously being loved and embraced by teenagers in their rebelious stages and young adults, Prodigy have returned with their fifth album.
I am a self confessed Prodigy fan and have been for some 12 years. Although my liking of them has diminished as I have got got older. However my interest was sparked by news of a new album and sure enough here it is.
The first song to emerge as a hit single for this album was Omen. This is very much take Prodigy back to their roots, a fusion of electronic sounds and a fast hard hitting beat have made it very popular in dance clubs.
What have made Prodigy so successful is the ability of Liam to take a number of unusual samples and construct them into his own work. The previous album was perhaps a little lacking and this album attempts to inject the type of energy which they have been famed for.
The best songs on this album are unquestionably the already mentioned Omen and Warriors Dance which sounds very much a drum n bass song interspersed with more weird electronic sounds.
The problem is a fundamental one though, this seems far too similar to The Experience, in fact I hear myself that song sounds very much like that one. It seems in attempts to recapture what they had, it has led to things being recycled.
In addition to that some of the songs just sound quite boring, this is not riveting Prodigy. In fact if this continues, then they will begin to annoy me to!. Liam's best work has come from the imaginative use of sounds, this album does none of that and seems to be quite a hopeless attempt to appeal.
"Invaders Must Die" is the fifth album from English electronic act "The Prodigy" and was released on February 2009.
Before buying this album the only Prodigy song I had heard was "Firestarter" a big hit back in the 90s, so I wasn't really sure what to expect from their latest offering. The CD is quite bland looking, with the front bearing a rather unimaginative logo with the album name.
First track is "Invaders Must Die" which is a great introduction to the album and really sets the tone for whats to come. Its a good rave song complete with vocalist Keith Flint screaming "Invaders must Die" at you. It flows well into the next song "Omen", which starts of with a brilliant, in your face, electronic riff, which goes on through the whole song. If you don't start dancing to this you must be a robot because it's impossible not to be infected by the vocals throughout: "The writing's on the wall, It wont go away!"
Next is "Thunder", which is the first vocal showing of Maxim Reality, the other vocalist. Its a more heavy song, and harder to get into but after a few listens you will be hooked to the pounding drums and keyboard riffs.
Track four is "Colours", which is a sort of rave battle cry as Keith urges to "Bring your colours to the floor". I found it a bit boring and repetitive apart from the deadly electronic riff that plays at the end of the song.
Next is a sort of anthem with its really catchy chorus of "Take me to the hospital". It has probably the most vocals of any song on the album, with both Keith Flint and Maxim Reality singing throughout. It isn't as engaging as the other songs though because the riff playing throughout is a bit annoying. Luckily its followed by another (much better) single, "Warriors Dance". A siren gradually gets louder and louder until exploding into a really energetic dance song, complete with some female vocals which makes it a welcome change.
The next song was the one I was most looking forward to, "Run With Wolves", because it features Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Them Crooked Vultures) on drums which sounded quite interesting. Unfortunately its one of the weakest songs on the album, and the repeated lyrics of "You're a monk, thats why I had to cut you down!" don't do anything for me. The drums aren't very remarkable either so this song was a bit boring. It's followed by "Omen Reprise" a pointless one minute and thirty-nine seconds track which features parts of Omen, over an ambient beat.
"World's on fire" is the third-last song. Its an average song followed by "Piranha" a song which has a weird screeching synthesizer which really annoys me for some reason. The album finishes with "Stand Up", which samples the trumpet line from 'One Way Glass' by Manfred Mann's Earth Band. It's a disappointing way to end the album and I think should have used "Warriors Dance" to finish the album strongly.
While the rave scene that The Prodigy first entered in the early 90s does not hold the same importance as it did back then, The Prodigy prove they still have the gift of making great dance music, much better than the other crap churned out by the likes of BassHunter and Cascada, while still holding their own in the charts, and more importantly dance floors around the world.
Download: Invaders must Die, Omen, Thunder, Warriors Dance
After five years in the background the prodigy return to the front of the stage with this stunning new album. This album marks a return to the bands glory days in the 1990s. The first six tracks are excellent and you will become immersed in the powerful nature of the beats and lyrics. The album is well arranged because the tempo is kept up and flows from track to track.
One down side of the album is that some of the songs after track 6 are quite week and just seem to pad the album out. I would say run with the wolves would be an example of one one of the poorer songs on the album followed by omen reprise.
Overall I would say this is a great album if you want to hear the prodigy back at their 90s best with some modern technology mixed in to really good affect
Welcome back boys!
It has been some time but the essex lads are back with a blast - and what a blast from the past, my raving memories have now come flooding back to me!
A very energetic album, full of power, although I must admitt I haven't yet managed to listen to it the whole way through yet, is it my age? (please note, I am not yet even in my 30's!) or maybe this is simply what having kids does to you!
I can't deny it has a great sound and takes the listener back to the old school sounds, but I can't help saying it does feel a little bit too much like they are trying a bit too hard.
On the whole, I guess what I am trying to say is, stick with the older original albums such as 'music for the jilted generation' and 'experience', as this one is mostly .... noise!
Talk about back from the dead! Most people have probably not even noticed The Prodigy over the last ten plus years, since the hugely successful 'Fat of the Land' album which spawned the massive singles 'Firestarter and 'Breathe'. Liam Howlett went off and did some stuff on his own, then they came back with 'Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned' which barely caused a ripple, and even a greatest hits album hardly catapulted them back into the limelight. However I believe thanks hugely to the emergence of Pendulum, they are now very much back at the top, and for those who loved their first three albums, there is no way that you cannot love this latest offering!
Right from the very first seconds of the title track which starts things off, you are assaulted with a wall of classic Prodigy noise, which picks you up and never lets you down. It relentlessly and effortlessly sweeps you along through the first two releases from the album, 'Omen' and 'Warrior Dance', which to my mind are as good as anything they have ever done, but I can honestly say that there really are no low points on the album. Musically it is like the ten years never happened, with the best elements of the first two albums mixed with the slightly more refined and intricate sound of 'The Fat of the Land' - it is almost like the last ten years never happened!
I have always been a Prodigy fan, and there is little doubt in my mind that this is their best album yet. They are also a great band to see live, and when I caught them recently at the Download festival, the new material went down just as well as the old classics. They are riding on the crest of a wave right now, but I guess if you have never liked them, this album will probably not change your mind about them, as there is nothing new on offer here. However if you have somehow not heard of them until now or they have slipped from your consciousness since they were big back in the 90s, get this album, get in your car or down the gym, turn it up really loud and enjoy!
The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die CD
It has been a fair while since I have wrote a music review and I must say,I miss doing them even thogh they are usually the type of review that takes a while. The first album I have decided to write on my comeback to writing music reviews on this site is this one, 'Invaders Must Die' by The Prodigy. Surely everyone on this site have heard of The Prodigy? Well do not fear if you haven't, you will soon get to know who they are in no time.
For those of you who do not know who The Prodigy are just yet, then here is a little bit about them. The Prodigy is an electric music group which originated from Essex,England., so I am proud to say that England is the home of this highly impressive and popular electronic dance group. The group was put together by the leader of the group, Liam Howlett in the year of 1990. The group has become so sucessful and extremely popular with all ages over the 19 years that the group has been alive for. The Prodigy have sold over 17 million records (Including there most well known record 'Firestarter' which was released in March 1996),worldwide so that is one fact that proves how popular they really are! I would assosiate The Prodigy with acts such as Fatboy Slim and Basement Jaxx, but there are other groups such as The Chemical Brothers and The Crystal Method that The Prodigy are meant to be in league with shall we say.
I do not really know much about The Chemical Brothers or The Crystal Method as I seem to think that they were better known before I was bron but I grew up with the likes of Fatboy Slim and The Prodigy, but I must admit that The Prodigy are one of my favourite electronic music groups, this is due to the fact that there songs can be great to dance to, they can be great to sing to ,they can be a good laugh to listen to and for some reason with almost every Prodigy song on this album reminds me of someone I know which is strange. Another fact that The Prodigy is one of my favourite electronic dance groups is that there genre does not stay the same, infact they produce music which assosiates with many different genres such as Electronica,Rave,Dance Punk and many more!
Of course I can not forget to mention the jobs of each member of the group. In The Prodigy there are three members:
Liam Howlett - He is the main member of the group because he founded the band, he is also the songwriter,keyboardist and the groups programmer.
Keith Flint - Keith is the dancer and the vocalist of the group, who seemed to have taken over the job of former member Sharky in the year 1990.
Maxim Reality - What a good name? His real name is Keith Palmer, two Keith's in one group! He is the final member of The Prodigy and is the MC and another vocalist for the group.
Now, does everyone have a rough idea who The Prodigy are? Good because the next step is getting you to listen to some of there brilliant music and there should be a song that everyone will enjoy, no matter what age or what type of music you like!
===Invaders Must Die===
The album was released during Febuary and March in the United Kingdom 2009. Of course I could not wait to buy this album so I went out and got it not long after I had money and I knew it had been released.
Don't be put off by the name of this greatly produced album, there are no songs about death in it, well not directly anyway. I must say before I begin, there is a song for everyone on this album, each song is different and they are all very different from the songs produced by The Prodigy from the earlier years but this has to be the best album by far.
1. Invaders Must Die
This is the title track of this album by The Prodigy but it certainly isn't the best one on the album in my opinion , although it isn't the worst! The song starts off rather quietly until it builds up into a rock music type of style whicvh reminds me of the type of music the band Linkin Park produce. An electronic voice comes in to the song later on after the tune rises in volume and pitch. This is a great song to begin the album because it shows off the fantastic instrumental work that the group produce. The electronic voice repeatedly says "Invaders Must Die" which is the effect of a Recitative, which means, in music, a half sung/ half spoken effect is made. This song really shows off how the electrnoic effects can produce different types of genres of music, if you get what I mean. So many effects are used in this song which makes it a good one! There isn't many words to this song or a strict beat as effects are changed all the time but there is always something being heard. This is the type of song that would be used in a action film, where the characters would move in slow motion, it is just that type of song.
All in all this song recieves a 7/10. There is a great build up to the end of the song which shows off the great effects that the band produce even more! This is a good song to dance to but it is also one of those songs that you might get sick of listening to after a while. This also isn't the best on the album as there is not many lyrics used and there isn't really a story to the song but I guess it is a good way to start of the album with this 7/10 star title track.
Wow! This is a great song. This song has reached number 4 on the UK charts so it shows you that it really is a good one! The song begins with a sound like two bells being rang together, strange but a good effect really. The song is quite mysterious, I guess like that meaning of Omen. This is a song with lots of electronic effects used in it and lots of rising beats which get louder and quiter and higher and lower. There is more singing in this song with the lyrics "Now, the writing's on the wall, it won't go away, it's an Omen". Are tha main lyrics to this song which even the lyrics make the song more strange but interesting and mysterious. The song is quite a fast one I must mention but is one of the most popular ones on the album but isn't my favouritye but I do like it and it is a good one for you to dance to.
You will probably hear it in the clubs quite often, more than Invaders Must Die or anything but it does get annoying aftwer a while with bits that are repeated which brings my final rating to 8/10. This is a slightly better and more popular song than the title track 'Invaders Must Die" and is better to dance to and more effects are used and everyone likes this song, but some bits get annoying after a while and it is also quite a short song. Definitely worth listening to though, it reached number 4 on the charts remember so it is worth at least 8/10 from me.
"I heard thunder but there's no rain, this type of thunder brings walls and window pain". These are the lyrics of the song after sounds getting higher and higher which eventually breaks into these lyrics which are sang by a foreign sounding voice which later on repeats the words "Th Th Th Thunder". This song has a lot of different electronic effects and there is no feeling of key, happy or sad, major or minor. This is a good song to dance to but it is also quite a funny song to listen to, it is just strange but such a joy to listen to. The foreign sounding voice comes from Keith Flint's mouth I think, and it is much better with this type of accent than an english one for some reason so The Prodigy have really worked this one out. I thought I would evetually get bored of this song but I haven't just yet.
There is a high amount of great polyphony (Many sounds moving at different rythms) which makes this song even better. This song hasn't been released as a single yet but I think it might be the next song to be released as a single after "Take Me To The Hospital" which is to be released as a single soon. Everyone I know seems to like this song and it is a good song I must admit , not my most favourite but I think this song deserves 8/10, purely because of what I have mentioned and I don't seem to get bored of this song which is odd. I definitely recomend you have a listen to it.
This album keeps getting better and better by each track that I am listening to! Colours is completely different from the other songs I have told you about so far. What makes this song different to the others so far is the fact that it has key, you can really enjoy this one and it is a cheery, very fast moving song and is great to dance to, it is also one of those that gets you motivated, I can work with this song on and I have heard this song in the gym before, I guess it is because the song is lovely and active as well as you, music is so clever don't you think! My favourite part of the song is the lyrics that are sang:
"Raise your fan up for the noise
Wake the dogs up, call your voice
Are you ready for the war?
Bring your colours to the floor"
This song always puts me in a mood. Whenever I hear this song I always want to get up and dance to it , it sounds like another song that could be used in a film like Invaders Must Die. I would use this song in a sceen with a race if I was directing the film because is fast and talks about war, not like World Wars but like competition and I just love it. This is definetly one of my favourites on the album which I never get bored of. This song gets really loud with it's effects and this song is not minimalistic at all, lot's going on all the way throughout the song. This song is more of a rock song at parts but then more elctric effects make it more of a dance tune. I have to give this song 9/10 because of the good things I have mentioned about it, I can't think of any bad things about it at all at the moment, except it is quite a shortish song compared to the majority of the rest, apart from that it is fantastic!
5. Take Me To The Hospital
Finally, we get to my most favourite song on the album! Take Me To The Hospital is the name of the song, yes, but it is also the name of the independent record label for The Prodigy, so that is where they get the name for this song. This is my most favourite song on the album for many reasons. I love the beggining where the song styarts of with a cheery beat which is repeated throughout the song. A well known voice (Keith Flint) comes into the song who repeatedly sings "Take Me To The Hospital" in a funny sort of way. This song kind of takes the mickey out of some kind of danger which ends with them being taken to hospital, maybe this sprang from personal experience from a rather embarassing event? This song is quite weird but I really like it because it cheers me up and I love the bit later on in the song where lyrics are sang by a high pithced voice, which sounds a little bit like a kid and that bit always makes me laugh. The effects are great and al sorts of sounds are produced in this song, and it has a great chorus and 3 completely different voices singing parts throughout the main part of the song.
I don't want to keep saying that there are good effects incase you think they are all the same but I will say whats bad or good and this song is good for sure! There is one effect near the end which sounds like an ambulance siren but played how they want it to be and not just any old siren but The Prodigy have gave their own design to the effect. Such an enjoyable song and one to dance to and will be the third song released from this new album and the 21st song from the Prodigy of all time. This song has to get a 10/10 full house from me , it has everything in it , comedy , enjoyment , a good dance beat , good singing , good effects , good speed , everything! Definitely listen to this one and put it straight on!
6. Warrior's Dance
"Come with me to the dancelfoor, you and me cause that's what it's for , show me now what it is we got to be doing, and the music in the house is so... Soothing!" great lyrics! The song starts of with a distant sound of a mysterious noise which gradually get's louder and as effects climb in to the scene, this builds up the way for these lyrics mentioned at the start to be sung. This is a proper dance song and this is definitely the most differwent song to others because the song is not sang by any of the group members, it is sang by a woman which is added by the programming I pressume. This song reached number nine of the charts and it is so easy to see why, this song never get's boring and it sends me a tingle up my spine, something I really like and this song is a good relaxing song , that is what gives me the tingle.
This song is less heavy than most of the rest but there are still great effects used which get louder and quieter. This song was playing on my iPod and because it has that relaxing touch, it made me fall asleep and my iPod completely ran out of charge when I woke the next morning. I'm not too sure why this is called Warrior's Dance but what I have noticed about The Prodigy is that a lot of there songs point out danger and some of the things mentioned in them mean danger, like Firestarter and Invaders Must Die and Pirhanna, dangerous! That is what makes the band so different! This song will be heard in clubs a lot and I have already heard it being played as I have walked past a club and it get's everyone up and dancing.
What is strange though, is at the end of the song it is like a scene where a siren is played and someone saying " Did you hear that, it was like woooo ", that really confused me but that is another thing that makes this song mysterious. Mystery and Dance are the words I think of when this song comes on. This is one of my favourites , probably my second or third favourite on the album so this get's a 9/10, everything is great but it is just the little part at the end that annoys me for not knowing why it is there. Fantastic song otherwise.
7. Run With The Wolves
"What Ya Gonna Do When The Hounds Are Callin'?" This is the first line that is sang at the beggining of this song. For some reason my iPod deleted this song from it so I had to listen to it again on youtube before writing about it as I had never really listened to it before. I must say this is not one of the best songs at all. It is a loud song which is again instigating danger. This song is quite scary, well the lyrics are anyway. The lyrics seem like they have been taken from a really heavy metal song and the song is actually more of a rock type than one to dance to, because of the guitar playing at the start and the lyrics and the singing.
Keith Flint has a good voice but I was really dissapointed by this song as it get's really boring after a while and it does not show off what kind of amazing electronic effects The Prodigy can produce as much, although the guitaring and the drum & bass is good I must say but it doesn't really fit in with the majority of the other songs on 'Invaders Must Die'. This is probably my least favourite on the album for many reasons , some I have mentioned, others are because it doesn't really fit in with my mood, for example , if I was in a bad mood I would like one which matches my mood or one to cherr me up but this song just annoys me , I have to be in a good mood , I am very picky haha.
I can't really see this song getting released as a single to be honest and it isn't really much what I expected. My least favourite on the album by far, not great at all, except the drum & bass and guitar playing which is great but apart from that, not good in my opinion, dissapointing song. I will have to give this song a 3/10. I don't recommend this one to anyone who wants a dance, but for the heavy rock music fans out there but I am not into that too much at the moment!
8. Omen Reprise
Now this is like the calm after the storm of 'Run With The Wolves'. The song is a remake of 'Omen' and I actually quite like it. It isn't as loud as Omen or as lively but this song is a good one to listen to. It is a better dance song than Omen. For some reason, I always think of Aliens when I hear this song, you will know what I am on about when you hear the song. This song still contains the same lyrics as 'Omen' but some are repeated and made louder or made quieter. I don't know why they did a reprise of 'Omen' but I must say it is very good and I think the two songs would be good one after the other to be honest.
There are some good repeated effects used in the song and somehow, this song relaxes me a little, unless it is played to loudly which comes a tip, DO NOT PLAY THE PRODIGY SONGS LOUDLY, they are very loud as they are haha. This song expands on the mystery of 'Omen' although this song did make me think of my late Nan because it is more of a sad song and it just triggered the emotions, you might recognise that it is quite a minor keyed song when you listen to it, maybe you won't but we all feel different about music, and The Prodigy songs.
This song is going to get a 8/10. I never get bored of listening to this song and it has a lot of good effects used in it, even parts that are repeated do not get annoying. It is very different from 'Omen' except the lyrics which is good. The downside to this song is that it is quite short for a Prodigy song, lasting 2.14 minutes, but the majority of the song is good except that fact!
9. World's On Fire
The Prodigy really do scare me sometimes! All of there songs have a bit about danger in them, that makes them unique as a group, and the fact that they do not stick to one genre. The lyrics "World's On Fire" are sang in a dull voice and that bit is played over and over again and it get's annoying, but later on in the song it get's a lot better. The song containcs some great electronic effects and some great rock effects, I really like this song except the repeated annoying part. It is hard to explain all of the effects but hopefully this motivates you to listen to this song. This song goes from loud to quite, to moderate to loud to quite, it's unbelievable.
It is such a strange song but a great one to listen to and also a great one to dance to as well. A female electronic voice comes in later on and sings "If your so special , Why aren't you dead?". This bit is rather weird and I do not get the whole concept of it but I really love the effects and some of the lyrics that are sang very well by Keith Flint, I won't spoil them for you though. This song takes some getting used to but I must say, it reminds me a bit of 'Firestarter' and I am not just saying that because both songs have the word 'Fire' mentioned in them.
This song is going to get a 7/10. There are good parts and bad parts and completely weird parts to the song but overall I like it but some parts get annoying so that is why this is a 7/10, and the fact that it isn't the best on the album by far is another reason. It is a good song but not the best on the album, worth a listening to though.
This is another great song which I started listening to more last week. The song starts of with a flat sounding sound (if that makes sense), you think it is going to be a disaster but it is actually a great song. What I love about this song is that you can listen to it again and again with out getting bored and you can dance to this song quite well. The Prodigy have some well known sounds used in previous songs which are used in this song, this song reminds me of 'Take Me To The Hospital', you will see what I mean. This song is quite funny as well, and once again it is about danger, Pirhanna's, urgh!
The song describes Pirhanna's very well with the lyrics "Teeth,Grip,Razor Sharp, Bites hi-power tear you apart". Not only does the song describe scary Pirhanna fish so well, the effects use actually make you scared of them, regardless of the lyrics. It is as though you are stuck in water and Pirhanna fish are whirling around you, it really does give you that "urgh" feeling. The Prodigy are so clever in how they scare people and I love this song , it is one of the best on the album and the main part of the song is sang greatly well with a loud, sustained voice which trembles, like they are scared of Pirhanna's also, which makes us feel erm... Not great!
This song is awarded 10/10. I love everything about this song, it is quite similar to 'Take Me To The Hospital' in many ways, this is definitely one of my favourites. This song really shows off what The Prodigy can really do! . Fantastic work here. Worth a liten to!
11. Stand Up
This is the final song on this great album. I don't get this song to be honest. I like it but I don't get why it is on the end of the album. It sounds like a song to celebrate the end of the album but it doesn't sound like the prodigy at all and hardly any effects are used in the song and no lyrics are used. It takes about 20 seconds for the song to start making a sound. I like the song for some reason, well I guess it releaxes me a bit but it still isn't The Prodigy type of song at all. It sounds like brass instruments are being played and other 'old' instruments.
This is the type of song that would be used at the end of a film, you will get what I mean once you listen to it fully. The song is quite slow and is not like any other song on the album which is good in a way but doesn't really fit in , at first I thought it was in by mistake.
This song however get's 6/10. I just like listening to this song, it gives me a chill up the back of my spine even though it isn't like The Prodigy's work at all, but it is. This isn't a great one to dance to and I don't think it will be released as a single anytime soon but it is alright in my opinion.
===My Final Opinion===
Well now that is all of the tracks covered. Some of the tracks are fantastic but some of them aren't so great but I like most of them, I am just not too keen on 'Run With The Wolves' and when it was missing from my iPod, I was desperate to put it back on to listen to it all the way trhough but there was no point as I thought it was very unimpressive.
The rest of the album has a song for everyone and I amazed at how clever The Prodigy are. They have made me so scared of things with there songs, especially Pirhanna! You will definitely like at least one or two songs on the album, they are all different to each other in ways, although 'Take Me To The Hospital' and 'Pirhanna' are similar.
You should definitely buy this album if you like the genres of music that I mentioned in my introduction to who The Prodigy are. I bought this album for about £8.00 from my local Tesco, but places such as ASDA and HMV or sites such as eBay and Play.com. Certain places also sell the album which comes with a DVD of recording for a higher price.
My favourtie songs, and the ones I recomend of the best on the album are:
1. Take Me To The Hospital
3. Warrior's Dance
5. Omen Reprise
8. Invaders Must Die
9. Stand Up
10. World's On Fire
11. Run With The Wolves
One dangerous album!
Jordan2493 2009 (c)
The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die (2009)
Producer: Liam Howlett, James Rushent
Invaders Must Die
Take Me to the Hospital
Run with the Wolves
World's on Fire
Invaders Must Die is the fifth studio album by The Prodigy and was released in 2009. It had been 5 years since the last Prodigy album, Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, which seems to indicate that Liam Howlett had been suffering from writer's block; he also made the decision to allow Keith Flint and Maxim back into the band, something which I was initially dubious of, as they seemed to take away more than had added on previous records.
2005's singles compilation, Their Law, reminded everyone why The Prodigy had previously been so vital to the electronica scene, but the public still needed new material to prove that The Prodigy were still relevant. And as ever, the proof is in the pudding, as Invaders Must Die is one of the band's greatest albums. It's blatantly obvious that Invaders Must Die lacks the depth which can be found on Music for the Jilted Generation, but as a tightly edited set of songs which have the sole interest of making you take to the dance floor, this album is pretty hard to beat.
There is very little evolution to be found on this record, in actual fact in The Prodigy timeline Invaders Must Die would have fitted in comfortably between Experience and Music for the Jilted Generation, for this is an old-school raver's album through and through. The only thing which sets it apart from the two aforementioned albums is the thoroughly modern production (which is where the only signs of progression have crept in).
The opening track and first single released from Invaders Must Die was the title-track. You know that The Prodigy is back in action when you have their trade-mark bass and drums assaulting you with their brutal strength. The production methods seem heavily indebted to some of the newer electronica acts of the moment, such as The Knife. The album version of Invaders Must Die is significantly longer than the radio edit, which is a good thing in my book as it allows it time to sink in.
Thunder is as old-school as they come; a track which would have slotted onto Music for the Jilted Generation with no problems at all. While it brings to mind memories of Speedway from said album, the sampled Rastafarian lyrics take you back to one of The Prodigy's very first singles, Out of Space from Experience. Oh, but people, Thunder is such an exciting occurrence, as it manages to not only match, but better both of the abovementioned tracks.
Take Me to the Hospital is named after The Prodigy's own record label and is planned to be a future single from the album. Again, Liam is still living in the 1990s, with a track which doesn't so much stir your waning interest in the rave scene, but rather encourages you to jump head first into the misshapen rhythms which the track launches and persistently projects in your general direction.
Warrior's Dance is my favourite track from the album and I know that a lot of people feel the same way about this. The sampled vocals are very No Good (Start the Dance), but whereas that was an epic complete with a comedown and a rebirth of fury, Warrior's Dance doesn't let the pace drop for an instant. The bass is so heavy my speakers are almost crying, indeed, the entire song turns everything up to 11. There's very little else that can be said other than it is a classic.
If I was forced to make a shortlist, then World's on Fire is my second favourite track from Invaders Must Die. I declare that Liam Howlett is bringing sexy back when the crazy piano work is brought in at the 1 minute 40 seconds mark. At the end of the day, it is yet another song which takes you right back to the days of old, when the electronica scene was just taking hold. But the song isn't entirely looking backwards, as the production manages to kick start it into the year 2009.
As a final word, the album doesn't get away completely blemish free. The reprise of Omen seems entirely unnecessary; it would have made for an excellent introduction to the original Omen, but seems out of place as 2 minutes of atmosphere slapped right into the final moments of the album.
Likewise, Piranha is also pointless, but for very different reasons. It is an absolutely detestable thing and is without a doubt one of the worst things The prodigy have ever recorded. Imagine the ghastly Fuel My Fire from The Fat of the Land combined with the grinding of Hadouken! and you will be halfway towards imagining the horror which lies within (and yes - Keith "I'm a punking instigator" Flint contributes the vocals). The song is basically a note-for-note repeat of Troubled Mind by The Buff Medways, and yet it ends up unavoidably inferior.
To conclude, Invaders Must Die is the second greatest Prodigy record, second to only Music for the Jilted Generation. Sure, a lot of you will not agree with this, but the album is too much damn fun to deny it its rightful place as one of Liam Howlett's greatest achievements.
So, while Liam Howlett and The Prodigy haven't learnt any new tricks in the year 2009, they have become the ultimate masters of the scene they so enthusiastically pioneered in the 1990s.
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I was a bit dubious about this album, i wasnt keen on the last one. But this is an absolute return to form! It has the raveyness (is that a word?) of the early days, but the hardness of the gilted Genaration. Its a good album as a record, it runs pretty well to listen to straight through. 'Take me to the hospital' and 'Omen' being stand out tracks, but the obvious choice for best song is 'Warriors Dance', which is an absolute Tour De force! its a good album for saturday night before you go out, and its excellent for the gym.
This album from the Prodigy is absolutely amazing. It includes some of their brilliant singles such as Omen and Warriors Dance. It is a great driving album, i always put it on in the car when i am feeling tired! Every single song on this album is worthy of a five star rating, i dont think there is one song on this album that i find disappointing. The album includes diversity and i think that it is a great compilation of tracks. I love the Prodigys new approach to synthetic music, and i think that this album is going to be a huge hit. We have already seen that the Prodigy are capable of making great music, such as Firestarter. So do not under estimate this album with its great bass and amazing fast tracks to wake you up. Overall i would rate this album at the very top, i think it is absolutely worth your money!
Invaders Must Die is the Prodigys new album. I recently went to see the prodigy at live in the park in Northern Ireland. They torn the place apart with some golden oldies but their new tracks were much more popular.
So this is their fifth studio album. They are a great electronic act and just put so much into this album. The album was released Febuary 2009. This has been their only release from 2004 and it is wel worth waiting for. They just came back with a bang and have been going for so long now.
Well previous ablums and songs like firestarter are more in your face and very drum and base related and I think thats why the prodigy were so ironic and unique and totally different and classy especially on the rave seen. They seem to have moved with the times with this album it has been cheesed up a bit to find their songs raeching and hitting the pop charts. The like of omen and warriors dance on the album seem to be a bit down bass and down tempo compared to their later stuff. Although still very satisfying to listen too ,but I am not to sure wether or not their much older fans would be happy with this album. Do not get me wrong it is still loud and explosive but not as much as their older music tracks. Although well worth the money some excellent tunes with great chorus full of ryths and electric synths and just pumping great music as always with the prodigy I am happy 100% with this album totally rocks.
The prodigy released their 5th studio album on February the 23rd 2009 (UK)
It is ther first album since 2004's 'Always outnumbered, never outgunned'
This ablum feature more of the 'old school' prodigy sound, the one which made them so famous in there early days.
It feature the singles, 'Omen' and 'Warriors Dance', both of which are capable of showing you what the prodigy are all about.
This song reached number 4 in the UK chart, achieving this kind of status alongside many new bands and your regular R and B groups is a mean feat. Number 4 is not to be scoffed at.
As for the song itself, it has a very bassy sound with alot of techno melodys (it reminds me more of there older stuff) It has very catchy and interesting lyrics, 'Its an omen, NOW!' and 'The writing's on the wall..... It wont go away'
Overall the song is one of the best on the album, although i think after a couple of listens the effect wears off.
This single reached 9 in the UK chart.
This is my favourite song on the album, featuring lots of dynamics and an extremely good chorus. The start of the song begins slowly, leading you into a almost '80s disco type vocalist. After she has stopped singing, the pumping bass and the melody kicks in and this is by far my favourite bit on the album.
This song needs to be played loud though, it has that kind of feel to it.
It also has a very interesting video, with dancing cigarette boxes on fire!
Other notable songs on the album include 'Thunder' which has a undeniable early prodigy sound to it. Keith Flint's vocals echoing over the top of a funky beat. This is a very good song.
'Take me to the hospital' has a very quick start, i believe they will release this as a 3rd single in august 2009. This is worthy of release, once again proving that the prodigy are back.
The album as a whole is not as bad as i first expected (i was unsure of buying because i didnt think it would be as good as previous material), but i did not regret the purchase.
It is a very well written album with alot of stand out tracks and i recommend it to any one who is a fan of the early prodigy.
COMPLETE TRACK LISTING:
1. Invaders Must Die
5. Take Me To The Hospital
6. Warriors Dance
7. Run With The Wolves
8. Omen Reprise
9. World's On Fire
11. Stand Up
This album is very, very good.
It is an 11 track CD album and is the most recent offering from the UK legends The Prodigy. Singles tracks include Omen and Warriors Dance.
I have been into The Prodigy from the early 1990's although I haven't enjoyed recent albums as much as earlier works (Experience and Music for the Jilted Generation). I have found this to be a true return to form and contains several tracks which stand firm alongside some of their most recognised numbers.
I brought Fat of the Land and ended up giving it to my mate's dad after a few weeks as it just didn't seem to get into my head as much as their other albums. However, with this latest album there are definitely at least three massive future classics which I've listened to again and again (Omen, Thunder and Warriors Dance).
One thing I'd struggle with is determining if it would appeal to new fans of the Prodigy as I am quite biased... I hope it does though and all I can say is that if you like this you will love their earlier stuff!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Invaders Must Die
5 Take Me To The Hospital
6 Warrior's Dance
7 Run With The Wolves
8 Omen Reprise
9 World's On Fire
11 Stand Up