The Betrayed CD
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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)
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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Very impressed...p.s. Ians actions shouldn't overshadow their earlier work and amazon have no reason to drop Lostprophets from a selling point of view. If it wasn't for them the goth and emo scene would be nothing.
Choice Cuts: `Darkest Blue', `Streets of Nowhere'
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. Initially, the solemn, atmospheric feel to the song had an emotional feel to it, like Sway from Start Something. But then the song explodes two thirds into the song, where Watkins just lets it all out. It's the most unique song from this album, and it is the most dramatic beautiful song I've ever heard.
To summarise, The Betrayed is darker than their other three albums but it's still the Lostprophets I know I love and sing along to. It might not be their best album but it's my favourite.
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.
"Nothing" Slows things down again, taking it's time to build up into an epic sounding track, I it is beginning to grow on me as it isn't the most instantly appealling song.
"Streets of nowhere" begins with a catchy beat that I find slightly reminiscent of a town called maice by the jam, in lyrics as well as sound. Another catchy track and likely a single, for all that was said about this album being less accessible I found it to mix poppy tracks with the darker and more intense works very well.
"Dirty little heart" An insightful song which has the bands typical soaring chorus and epic sound a la 4am forever.
"Darkest blue" Perhaps it will grow in me, it isn't a bad song but sounds a little bland, Almost like a typical lostprophets single that just fails to really engage you.Again it may grow on me.
"The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long" On first listen it put me in mind of sway from the start something album, which was one of my favourite tracks from that album. One later listens I realised I was right, a fine song indeed, it is easy to dismiss it as sway 2.0 but it stands up well in fact it may be better. There is a hidden track at the end of the CD too, a pleasant instrumental track.
Overall not quite as dark as hoped but a very good album.
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