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Fan since 1991
2 November 2018
Firstly, if you're an old Prodigy head from back in the day, give this a chance if you've boshed off the past couple of albums. This is a massive nod to the old hardcore rave days....however, don't get me wrong, I consider myself to be a massive fan of The Prodigy since 1991 when us English teens were head bopping to London Pirate stations listening to hardcore breakbeat rave music of that era, and The Prodigy were always huge favourites of mine. I'll still be buying their albums/singles to complete the collection, however lets be honest they're running out of ideas and the tracks are VERY short. Compare this to Jilted which was an epic journey, different eras but still. Liam Howlett said himself he finds making albums in the studio boring, hence why they've done gigs so many times which is what they enjoy doing (even if the oldies and same setlist is played for years) - two tracks here use recycled riffs from voodoo people and breathe. We Live Forever, Timebomb Zone and Resonate are my pick of the bunch being an oldskool hardcore head which this track certainly reflects. Resonate especially could do with a remix, the hardcore riff is typical Prodigy sound. Uplifting and then drops out with the breaks back in. This riff alongside the breaks would make the track absolutely wicked for me.
Love The Prodigy, will always consider Liam Howlett a genius but not feeling this album, and since FOTL they're just not as good these days. But times change and this ain't 1992 with Fantazia/Dreamscape and the likes with bedroom DJ’s releasing tracks off of Commodores or Atari’s, no days of white label vinyl’s being bought in the shops i.e Boogie Times, yes you had to actually visit a shop and buy vinyls for your soundlabs or technic 1210s to play on, not click and download, the joys of the never forgotten rave era of England. You know the score if you understand so far - times have changed, a legendary band who may feel pressured to release new material when they shouldn't be. This will still however be blasted out in the car, no-one else makes hard ravey bleepy rocky thumping tracks where you instantly know this is The Prodigy being played.
But big mention must go to Liam giving a respectful nod to Joe Labrynth, the guy who gave them their first ever debut at the four aces club, dalston lane, Hackney. Hence why you rave heads will have noticed straight away the destination on the front of the bus. Liam was clearly reminiscing about the old days shown in these tracks let alone the bus cover, legends.