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Not as Great as You Would Believe it to be
on 27 May 2012
2001 was a significant year for the Welsh rockers Lost Prophets, with the release of their debut album, The Fake Sound of Progress, and gathering acclaim with the critics too, hailing them at the time as being "on the edge of greatness". That is certainly the case with this album, as it is miles away from being near such a metaphorical edge of greatness, particularly in retrospect with some of the latter albums being more noteworthy of being great, such as 2004's excellent Start Something album.
Whilst the tracks on this album are enjoyable, like Five is a Four Letter Word, the title track, and A Thousand Apologies, being amongst the cream of the crop for memorable reasons, the album just doesn't live up to such expectations. The album just does not have any sign of a hook that makes it worth repeatable listens. Whilst that may not be a bad thing for a debut album, it certainly matters in retrospect when they were competing with albums from the likes of albums from the likes of Tool and System of a Down (Lateralus, and the Toxicity album respectively.)
Therefore, whilst The Fake Sound of Progress is not as great as you would believe it to be, it has enough moments for fans of the now-established band to add into their album collection. Just do not be surprised to find that you cannot remember half the tracks after listening to this album.