Having just puchased " Always Outnumbered..." , I think that some of the fans (especially the newer ones) may be dissapointed with this album. That's not to say the album is'nt good. It just does'nt quite live up to past albums. The album starts of with a bang with the very hard (and very loud) "Spitfire" , a great track, with a fierce beat. (This song would work great live). It then switches to an old- school style, with "Girls", which I think will be the first single. This is also a great, fun song, and is easily the best song on the album. Picture an old break dancing song from the early eighties and you will know what I mean. (However, if you were born after the year 1983, or so, you might not get it).
As good as those songs are, though, they are not nearly as good as the songs from past albums( Firestarter, Poison, Voodoo People, etc). And while Liam Howlett has many ideas on this album, they often end up sounding like only ideas, not fully fleshed out songs. Like the song "The way it is", which samples Michael Jacksons "Thriller". Sounds cool. But after listening to this song, all I kept thinking about was the original "Thriller ", and how it sounded.
What hurts this album the most , though, is the absence of Keith and Maxim. While most of the guest vocals are decent enough, (like Twista, Kool Kieth, and surprisingly Juliette Lewis) Kieth and Maxim could have done just as good a job, themselves.
"Always Outnumbered, Never Outguned" is still a very good album despite it's flaws, and is more exciting than most of the music out there. I would suggest, however, listening to this album at a local music store before you purchase it.