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PRODIGY, THE - INVADERS MUST DIE Explicit Lyrics
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Limited two disc (CD/DVD) edition Includes a bonus DVD that features live and studio footage. 2009 release, the fifth studio album by the acclaimed and controversial British Electronic act. As one of the most successful and respected Dance groups of recent times, this album sees the return of both Keith Flint and Maxim to the fold for their most exciting album to date. Included are collaborations with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and James Rushent (Does It Offend You Yeah). 11 tracks.
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With so much success however, inevitably comes trouble. Frontman Liam Howlett had contracted a severe and acute case of writer's block, and was forced to take 5 years off to recoup and regain his sense of composition. After the derivative 'Baby's Got A Temper' in 2002 (a single release for a supposed new album), Howlett abandoned The Prodigy altogether to re-focus once again. The comeback didn't arrive until 2004, when Howlett released ALWAYS OUTNUMBERED, NEVER OUTGUNNED, an attempt to return to his Happy Rave roots. It didn't exactly pan out however, with hardcore Prodigy fans disappointed at the lack of punch and punk influences on the album.
Ever the architect of patience, Howlett once again retreated from the limelight to focus on his next release. It is perhaps the most honest and strongest album since FAT OF THE LAND.
INVADERS MUST DIE is a dynamic hybrid of early 90s Rave and the more aggressive Prodigy heard on MUSIC FOR THE JILTED GENERATION. It doesn't possess the snarling aggression of FAT OF THE LAND, but it does give a sense that the band has grown up and let go of the bad boy negativity and punk demeanor. Howlett opens the album with the title track 'Invaders Must Die,' which won't blow the socks off of a seasoned Prodigy fan, but does manage to get things going right from the word Go.Read more ›
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'Invaders Must Die' reminds me of The Fat of the Land in that it's songs are catchy yet hold enough originality to not come off as the band trying their hardest to get back in the spotlight. The albums first two singles 'Omen' and the album's title track are exactly what the band needed to push the album beyond their UK fan base. Both songs border on popish Techno but push their original style enough to set them apart, 'Omen' is in my opinion one of Prodigy's most mature and addictive tracks to date.
The music on IMD keeps a fast beat beginning to end and each track stands on it's own. The major difference between IMD and the rest of their discography is that vocals are much more prominent on IMD then previous releases, almost every track has singing or vocals of some sort. "Colours" has a chorus that will probably be heard on dance floors world wide for years and is also one of my personal favorites on the album. Also I would advise getting your hands on an imported version as they come with some amazing bonus tracks.
All in all in my humble opinion this is The Prodigy's best release and is easily the most accessible to a wide range of music lovers. New fans of the group definitely need to check out their older material but be cautious as this album stands out against the gritty more experimental sound of earlier releases. Old fans may be a bit alienated due to the extreme contrast to previous albums but I think most will appreciate Invaders Must Die as much as I do. Be sure to check out the video for Omen that I included with my review, it's their best video to date. Thanks for reading and I hope my review has helped your choice to purchase this album.
-A loyal Prodigy fan.
"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.
The only prerequisite for this album is that is MUST be listened to through speakers capable of doing the album justice, very unique and heavy basslines. You have to crank the songs up loud to do them justice!