The Prodigy, the grand old stagers of electronic music are back with their first album in six years The Day is my Enemy.
A long time between releases you may say. However, for this act that is not strictly true.
When you look through their entire career they average an album around 6-7 years.
This can be perceived as being risky as music tastes can fluctuate over time, and as fans of Dr Dre or The Avalanches (and a few others) can attest to that promised album which just disappears into the wilderness never to heard of again.
However, much to the joy of their legion of fans, the lads from Essex have returned and they have plenty of things they want to get of their chest.
Their last album Invaders Must Die was a personal favourite, but split opinion across the board. The rave backdrop to the majority of the tunes were said to be overdone and a bit one dimensional.
Prodigy curator Liam Howlett is a perfectionist and it took him a great deal of time to come up with a follow up. Having basically scraped one effort and having to start from scratch, he came up with an effort that channels that hard ‘in your face’ edge they had in the mid to late 1990’s.
Lead track The Day is my Enemy with its hard unrelenting rhythm sets the scene to where this album is going.
That continues through the next two tracks Nasty and Rebel Radio, the fourth track Ibiza is a pisstake taking aim at the modern day DJ creating soulless empty dance music and collecting their pay at the end of the set instead of having a real love for the industry.
The Standout track is Wild Frontier is a mash up of their old and new style, a track meant to be played at the maximum decibel level.
The rest of the album plays out to plan with plenty to keep the fans going. It doesn’t relent in its delivery.
They collaborate well with up and coming producer Flux Pavilion on track nine of the album Rhythm Bomb.
With the departure of Faithless from the scene, it is up to acts like The Prodigy and Chemical Brothers to keep the flame flickering for sentimental electronic music fans.
With Liam recently saying he doesn’t see them continuing Into their 70’s like the Rolling Stones, who knows how long they have left.
However, it is hard to think they will bow out anytime soon. They are still a formidable live act which anyone who saw them perform at Future Music a Festival will attest to.
They still have the fire and edge thanks to Keith Flint’s pin-point breathless delivery not a bad effort for a fourty-five year old raver from back in the day.
While this album falls a little short of their seminal efforts from the 90’s Music for a Jilted Generation and The Fat of the Land, however this is the best effort they have produced since the turn of the century.