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Lostprophets follow a long bout of touring, writing and recording to release their fifth studio album entitled Weapons.
Lostprophets were formed in Pontypridd, South Wales, in 1997. Their line-up is Ian Watkins (vocals), Jamie Oliver (keyboards, turntables, vocals), Stuart Richardson (bass), Mike Lewis (guitars), Lee Gaze (guitars) and Luke Johnson (drums).
John Lydon knew better than most of what he spoke when in 1986, with all the emotional flexibility of a Dalek, he asserted that "anger is an energy". He might well have added that there are other forms of resentment and discontent that burn with a phosphorescence sufficient to fuel a band’s entire career. This is something about which Ponypridd’s Lostprophets are well informed.
Despite a profile large enough to fill any theatre in the United Kingdom, and an album that registered more than half a million sales in the United States – 2004’s Start Something – the perception surrounding this group is often that they appeal to fans who are little more than children – that they’re a "Kerrang! band", if you will. Unfair as this may be, Lostprophets remain a collective unlikely to be booked to appear on primetime chat shows.
A sense of working class, us-against-the-world defiance is the emotion that most defines Weapons. Whether what is known in the class war as chippiness is suitable inspiration for musicians now into their 30s is a question that can only be answered by the ear of the beholder. The case for the defence, though, is strong, not least of all because this svelte 10-song set is not lacking in conviction.
Because of its compact form and committed performances, Weapons is a release that burns brightly. Its cause is aided by the fact that Lostprophets are a quite fabulous band in motion, one equipped with not just power but also nuance. Featuring the magic ingredients of keyboardist and turntablist Jamie Oliver – a man who fills the album’s spaces with subtle shades that afford this work a depth lacking in comparable releases – and the guitar pairing of Mike Lewis and Lee Gaze, the arrangements of the sing-along-ready Another Shot and the driving Heart on Loan display in glorious Technicolor that this is a group understanding that a song can be more than played, it can also be interpreted.
In this light, Lostprophets’ grievance that theirs is a union confined to the popular but removed confines of rock’s bouncier quarters is well justified. For this is a fine album that warrants serious investigation from any and every rock circle.
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With that said, Weapons is the weakest of the five albums Lostprophets put out. It's not a bad album like I thought it was when I first listened to it, but compared to their previous work, it's slightly disappointing. There's still some great tunes from the band that capture the same rebellious fire they possessed on Start Something. 'Bring 'Em Down' is a really effective opener for the album with its impressive melding of metal riffing with Jamie Oliver's Nine Inch Nails style synths permeating the song and culminating in an impressive breakdown. 'We Bring An Arsenal' hearkens back to the band's original hardcore group Public Disturbance with its punk like drumming from Luke Johnson (who proves to be an efficient replacement for Ilan Rubin). 'Jesus Walks' and 'Somedays' are the most poppy songs the band have ever recorded with softer instrumentation and slower pace, feeling very reflective and introspective but don't go into cheese territory which is refreshing. There are also more atmospheric songs like 'Another Shot' and 'A Little Reminder I'll Never Forget' which rely on some impressive sampling from Jamie and distorted guitar work from Lee Gaze and Mike Lewis.Read more ›
Anyway, the music on the album is fantastic but that comes as no surprise; it's brilliantly performed, well mixed and for the most part has some stirring lyrics. To my ear it also sounds as well produced as any of their previous albums (contrary to a previous reviewers opinion). Now the Tracks:
Bring Em' Down - Not exactly the norm; plenty of bass and synth make for a different, but none the less great, single.
We Bring An Arsenal - Pacey and catchy; this is a a great singalong track which definitely echos a chanting crowd.
Another Shot - Classic Lostprophets; a treat for (post-"Fake Sound of Progress") long-term fans and an excuse for newcomers to work back through the discography.
Jesus Walks - An amazing track (best on the album?); deep, catchy and definitely the song that I had stuck in my head after the first listen.
A Song From Where I'm From - A meaningful anthem about missing home (or youth?), feels a bit like "Where We Belong", "Last Summer" or even "Ode to Summer" in theme.
A Little Reminder That I'll Never Forget - Regrettably, nothings special but not a bad track either.Read more ›
Bring Em Down - 9/10 A great lead single, different, but still keeps that great lostprophets energy.
We Bring an Arsenal - 10/10 Football chant like intro, extremely catchy verses and lyrics, powerful sing along chorus. Lostprophets at their best.
Another Shot - 9/10 - Sounds like it just got pulled from Start Something, a sign of past brilliance.
Jesus Walks - 10/10 - Best song on the album. Very uplifting and memorable.
A song for where I'm from - 9/10 Love the lyrics in the chorus, so bittersweet.
A little reminder that I'll never forget - 7/10 One of the weakest on the album, however, still a good song. Interesting intro.
Better off Dead - 10/10 Another unfamiliar sound from them. The near rap verses are amazing. Strong chorus.
Heart on Loan - 7/10 Weakest on the album. Feels like a filler. Still worth a listen.
Somedays - 10/10 Don't let the slower pacing of the song put you off. Brilliant song. The vocals really shines here.
Can't get enough - 9/10 Again, sounds like it was pulled straight from 'Start Something.' I don't understand why there is a 10 minute silence after the song has finished though.
I reccomend you buy this album. Lostprophets are a highly underrated band with not as much recognition as they should have. They are far better than most of the tripe poprock bands you find nowadays ( All time low, You me at six ) to name a few. SUPPORT THEM
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the bands last album before their singer became a venomous snake but I don't want to dwell on that. This is their last album as I advise and its a strong album in parts and an... Read morePublished 1 day ago by sean paul mccann
Very very good
Love Jesus walks ....
Well whole album actually, it's just such a shame,such a shame. Read more
(London, England) — Compact discs by the Welsh band Lostprophets have been inexplicably inundating UK charity shops in their tens of thousands over the past month, with albums and... Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2014 by Prince Asbo
Firstly this album is brilliant, lostprophets NEVER fail to impress. A great collection of songs with a brand. New feel to them. Read morePublished on 18 Jan. 2014 by The Man
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I have no interest in this band but I was curious to see if amazon had done the honourable thing and withdrew all their albums by putting their albums on for sale your only putting... Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2013 by bbwildbunch
The fact that these albums are still on sale is an absolute disgrace. I admit to being a fan and went to a couple of shows. Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2013 by Gabriel Knight