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This is an album of raw energy where the beats are the stars, and the voices just samples in Liam's sonic armoury. The guests whose vocals have undergone Howlett's subverted cut up techniques include Liam Gallagher, Juliette Lewis, Kool Keith, Princess Superstar, Ping Pong Bitches, Twista, Shahin Bada (better known as the spine tingling chanteuse from 'Smack My Bitch Up') and unknown lo-fi singer songwriter Paul Jackson from Dirt Candy.
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What followed was 5 years of dead silence, with Howlett refusing to release any new material for fear of it sounding too much like a rehash of previous efforts. After the shaky single release of 'Baby's Got A Temper,' Howlett scrapped all work done on the forthcoming new album, ALWAYS OUTNUMBERED, NEVER OUTGUNNED. The album finally dropped in 2004, but it was a definite switchup from the window-shattering sonic boom that was FAT OF THE LAND.
In fact, the only song on the album which truly pays homage to its predecessor is 'Spitfire,' the very first song. What follows afterward is a creative collection of tunes that never seem sure of their own footing. 'Girls' is a catchy enough number, but it best belongs in the back catalog of a lesser electronic band. 'Memphis Bells' is an annoyingly mundane offering that smacks of writer's block. 'Get Up, Got Off' and 'Hotride' attempt to bring Howlett's dark dance grooves to the forefront, but both fall short of what would be considered excellence from a man so uniquely talented. It's unfortunately very true: AO,NO is an album that waited far too long to hit turntables, and it shows. Howlett is quite clearly stuck between a rock and a hard place...unable to conjure up the delicious happy rave of EXPERIENCE, the viciously rebellious MUSIC FOR THE JILTED GENERATION, or the rich sonic tapestries of FAT OF THE LAND.Read more ›
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.
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I wrote a review about this before, luckily it never got posted. I changed my mind on giving it five stars. Why? Because it could have been a lot better. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2004 by scott
Long overdue return of the Prodigy. Solid enoegh beats from Liam. Could of been better with the original roster. Track 5 is the BOMB.Published on Sept. 11 2004 by Evgelion