2009 graced us with Invaders Must Die, which is a classic-sounding Prodigy album with all original members returning. We do see some evolution however, as Prodigy are a band that constantly introduces new sounds and styles to their mix. The title track is amazing and catchy, but "Take Me To The Hospital" stands out, as it manages to blend Liam Howlett's signature break beat sound with the fiery vocals of Keith Flint better than 1997's overrated single "Firestarter".
"Colours" pummels the listener with a fast, inventive, and enticing beat, backed by a buzzing synth bass and topped off with a catchy 8-bit-sounding keyboard crescendo melody that makes this the album's best track.
"Run With The Wolves", a vocal-heavy track, features the group's new-found
love for more distorted synth sounds and the signature Prodigy pounding beat, avoiding the standard four on the floor that every other electronic artist embraces in nearly every song. The group also manages to avoid falling in the trap many of their peers do that involves repetitive dance songs free from any musical progression (besides getting louder and faster).
The only song that really lacks anything special would have to be "Stand Up", a completely instrumental closing track that sounds more like a high school marching band than Prodigy. It does feature some synth, but only for a few seconds at a time. Other than that, the album displays the group's power, creativity, and progression.
Musically, the beats are more calculated, but not overly complex to the point where you can't follow them. The synth melodies follow this pattern as well ("World's On Fire") and both of these points illustrate Howlett's patience, skill, and passion as the primary composer.
Invaders Must Die is easily the best electronic album of 2009 and definitely one of the ten best releases of 2009.