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  • Audio CD (18 Jan. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Visible Noise
  • ASIN: B002TOKB5E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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1. If It Wasn't For Hate We'd Be Dead By Now 2:18
2. Dstryr/ Dstryr 4:29
3. It's Not The End Of The World But I Can See It From Here 4:19
4. Where We Belong 4:37
5. Next Stop Atro City 3:02
6. For He's A Jolly Good Felon 4:40
7. A Better Nothing 4:45
8. Streets Of Nowhere 3:26
9. Dirty Little Heart 5:42
10. Darkest Blue 3:51
11. The Light That Burns Twice As Bright.. 5:52

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LOSTPROPHETS The Betrayed (2010 UK 11-track CD album - Three years in the making and with the band opting to handle production and recording duties themselves with bassist Stuart Richardson at the helm The Betrayed sees Lostprophets returnedto a rawer yet still commercial sound. Includes the singles Its Not The End Of The World... and Where We Belong)

BBC Review

Someone up there likes Lostprophets. What other act, in this blighted age, would be able to get away with shipping out to LA, splashing out half a million dollars on their fourth album, and then scrapping it and starting again? Well, Guns N’Roses, perhaps, but that’s the point: this is a band acting like members of rock’s A-list.

Luckily, The Betrayed, for the most part, has the good grace to sound like it. Their fourth album sounds big – polished, even – and helpfully, that’s a quality that suits them rather well. Of all the acts to rise out of the UK’s nu-metal and post-hardcore scenes last decade, it was Lostprophets who boasted the firmest mainstream sensibilities, blending impressive riffs with a melodic edge inspired by 80s new romantic pop. Uncool? Probably – teenage girls like them, which is obviously the kiss of death if you want to be a credible rock band. But it did, at least, feel like Lostprophets’ passions were utterly genuine.

They are at their best, certainly, when they remember to include the heavy. Dstryr / Dstryr is brutal funk-metal with shades of Rage Against the Machine, frontman Ian Watkins shrieking silly apocalyptic doggerel like a Manga superhero – “Religion needs a new employer / I’ve got the rope you need to hang your Jesus even higher!” – and Next Stop Atro City is stop-start screamo in the vein of 90s Swedish punk troupe Refused.

Elsewhere, it’s more of a mixed bag. Forays into lighter, ska-tinged realms are a surprising success – For He’s a Jolly Good Felon blends choppy guitar, terrace sing-alongs and even a spot of Wurlitzer with some style. Somewhat testier is Where We Belong, a deliberately grand tear-jerker that reaches for the epic but strays a little too far into schmaltz.

Of course, that’s an occupational hazard for Lostprophets, but The Betrayed is not an underachieving record. It sweats hunger and ambition, and while it’s not flawless, it’s a success on their own, aggressively populist terms: 11 songs of big riffs and earworm choruses that reach over the moshpit to the stands beyond. --Louis Pattison

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Lachno on 20 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
Lostprophets' flirtation with the mainstream means they're perpetually doomed to suffer from a self-inflicted damned-if-they-do/damned-if-they-don't syndrome. Accordingly, here they can't decide whether they want to play the puffed up nu-metal (`DYSTRYR') of their debut, or the studio-softened emo-pop (`Darkest Blue') of their more recent efforts. They'll get over-criticised for both, but more worrying is that the band thought it wise to sneak the pomp-rock power-balladry of `Where We Belong' and `Dirty Little Heart' on - I can almost taste Steve Perry, and it tastes like 1981. And all the while my dream of a full album of new wave rockers like Start Something's `Last Summer' seems ever more distant. Sigh...

Choice Cuts: `Darkest Blue', `Streets of Nowhere'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brickles on 29 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
The Betrayed was the best thing that happened to me in 2010, but is it one of the best albums I've ever heard?

I've heard people say that The Betrayed isn't one of Lostprophets best efforts. I understand where they might be coming from. It's probably not as unique as The Fake Sound Of Progress or as complete as Start Something, but this album was more personal to me as I didn't have the best of years in 2010. I might have loved this album for its lyrical content that the musical content but I still loved this album nonetheless.

The first song immediately indicates this is a darker side to Lostprophets, it's nothing like the catchy tunes of their previous attempt Liberation Transmission, then Dstryr/Dstryr comes in, with Ian Watkins screaming his lungs off, certainly more apocalyptic than normal and one I easily like. Overall though, what the band were saying about a darker, nastier Lostprophets comes in the lyrics, it's more resentful, whether it's about their past or something that's happened in the band history.

Stand-out songs for me are Where We Belong, one of the best songs I've seen them play live (and I've only seen them live once), A Better Nothing, another stadium belter and AC Ricochet. This song doesn't appear on the UK album but it is my 2nd favourite they recorded for The Betrayed

As a massive Lostprophets fan, admittedly, Streets of Nowhere isn't one of my favourites. It seemed like there were trying to continue the Can't Catch Tomorrow trend, but I wasn't even that keen on 'CCT' anyway. 'Dirty Little Heart' also questioned me at first but that song has now grown on me.

The Light That Shines Twice As Bright (or burns twice as bright whatever you want to call it, to me it's shine) astonished me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By genejoke on 18 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This album has had a large amount of coverage, many delays and the band being vocal about what they wanted to do with it. The main thing they set out to do was deliver a darker album than the pop rock of Liberation transmission (LT), that they certainly have. It harks back to what they did with the first two albums yet retains some of the huge choruses found on LT.

The album opens with "if it wasn't for hate we'd be dead by now" and while the song isn't that catchiest or most memorable they have done it is very much a perfect opening for the album, spitting venom and animosity at all the things that have held themm back.

"dstryr/dstryr" Keeps the intensity and adds a catchy little chorus to it, I imagine it could become a live favourite.

First single "it's not the end of the world but I can see it from here" Is catchy and polished, no wonder it was a single. Combines the dark intensity with a tune as catchy s anything they have ever done.

The second single "where we belong" follows and is very anthemic if less intense. In fact it is the first slow song on the album, in combines the typical lostprophets sound with U2, which is better than it sounds. A definite grower as I wasn't a big fan when I first heard it.

"next stop atro city" A raw energetic mess, it is a mess of noise and belts along at the sort of pace Ian watkins is singing about, until it slows to an interesting guitar break. Despite it sounding like a weak song it has an irresistable energy to it.

"for he's a jolly good felon" I am sure this will be a single, it is catchy and has a pretty anthemic chorus. It has a poppy sound but the lyrics are definitely fitting for the rest of the album.
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The eagerly awaited fourth album from the Welsh nu metal/emo six piece, The Betrayed is a combination of the styles the band employed on their three prior albums. Mixing in the hardcore punk-inspired nu metal of The Fake Sound of Progress with the melodic metal of Start Something and the emo pop of Liberation Transmission with some U2 and Nine Inch Nails influences, this album feels the most like Lostprophets to me which is why it's my favourite. When Ilan Rubin's war like drumming kicks in on opener 'If It Wasn't For Hate, We'd Be Dead By Now', you feel compelled to listen to this. The band stated before the album's release that this would be darker than their prior work and the lyrics and instrumentation all live up to that. The album is more pessimistic and apocalyptic in tone which is exemplified by Jamie Oliver's industrial synths that dominate much of the album. Lead single 'It's Not the End of the World' really showcases the darker sound with gang style vocals, Lee Gaze and Mike Lewis' duelling guitars blazing through the refrain and intense screams from Ian Watkins. The band also slip into punk metal territory on tracks like 'Dstryr Dstryr' and 'Next Stop, Atro City' but also go for more anthemic tunes like 'Where We Belong', this album's 'Last Train Home', and 'A Better Nothing', the latter sounding like a metal U2 song. The band also return to the new wave inspired sound of Liberation Transmission on tracks like 'For He's a Jolly Good Felon' and 'Streets of Nowhere'. They then unleash a haunting closing song with 'The Light That Shines Twice As Bright' which ends the album in miserable end of the world fashion. The interludes which were largely missing from Liberation Transmission return here and really add to the atmosphere of the record.Read more ›
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