Prodigy
"Invaders Must Die"

(Take Me To The Hospital/Cooking Vinyl 2009)Prodigy - Invaders Must Die

Was The Prodigy's last album, 2004's "Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned," merely a one-off? Featuring vocals performances strictly from musicians outside of the band, such as actress-turned-frontwoman Juliette Lewis and Oasis' Liam Gallagher, the album was frenzied, dirty and in your face. With the Prodigy's newest full-length release, "Invaders Must Die," they've seemingly returned to their old ways. But they were smart enough to carry some of their "Always Outnumbered" lessons learned with them.

Thick beats pound like a hammer on "Colours" as the vocals repeat over the throbbing rhythm while the rapid pace of "Take Me To The Hospital" keeps the adrenaline rush going with something recognizable. Snarky and insistent, "Run With The Wolves" shows off The Prodigy's attitude, which is balanced out with aggressive drumming compliments of Dave Grohl, who returns for the bright soul-flavored instrumental closing track "Stand Up." A shrill effect reminiscent of the old sci-fi movies screams over "World's On Fire" giving the infectious and bouncy song a psychobilly sound.

If you preferred The Prodigy prior to "Always Outnumbered" then "Invaders Must Die" is for you. Sure, The Prodigy's "Invaders Must Die" is a solid album that plays effortlessly and sucks you in after a somewhat slow start as the band make it clear that this album isn't driven, as a whole, by vocals. Not to mention that the album was a long time in coming for eager music fans. But who knew or could have predicted that, amidst the current global financial crisis, it would be The Prodigy that would deliver a dose of much needed optimism to distract you for a few moments by way of sugary pop beats to shake your ass to?

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