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#1 BYTE-Smasher

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 20:45

I give the album 3/5 .... Not that impressed with every track... but perhaps the low points will grow on me.
  • Invaders must die
    ... has an amazing soundscape, but the "invaders must die" sample seems so out of place... He should've had some Maxim "breathe"-like vocals on here or something. I love the outro on the album version of this.
  • Omen
    The best track on the album imo, though I like the video version much better. Why did you make the video better than the album Liam?
  • Thunder
    Starts off really strong, but gets boring fast. Needs moar beat variation and less melodic monotony. He should've upped the magic "oldschool" knob on this one and gone for a full-out jilted rehash.
  • Colours
    ... is pretty lame. Is it inspiring gang warfare? I can't quite make out all the lyrics. Either way, it's excellent execution of a horrible, horrible concept.
  • Take me to the Hospital
    Pure industrial/electro influenced rave-o-matic genius. I fucking love it. Outstanding. It's liable to overtake Omen as my favourite track.
  • Warrior's Dance
    This is everything I hated about early 90s dance music. With more distortion.
  • Run with the wolves
    ..... WTF?... LIAM, GET KEITH AWAY FROM THE RIG!!!! .... DUDE, HE'S GONNA RUIN YOU *AGAIN*!!!
  • Omen Reprise
    You've been listening to "She", haven't you Liam? Cool and all... but if you're gonna add segue tracks like this, can we please have some more kickass tracks kthx?
  • World's on Fire
    .... doesn't do itself credit... I think the mix/master on it is entirely wrong. I had much better expectations for this song after having seen the live video.... also, the vocals are lacking feeling/strength in comparison to the live version.
  • Piranha
    This simply one of those tracks that, against my better judgement, I'm gonna say "it sounds like Pendulum" ..... wtf man?
  • Stand Up
    SAMPLING FOR THE SAKE OF SAMPLING IS SILLY MMKAY? .... aside from being the most boring prodigy track I've ever heard, the background sample is just fucking annoying. Liam, you better have written this track for some sentimental reason.

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 15:39

After a few more listens, I have to say that I'm somewhat confused at the message of this entire album. I can't tell if he's promoting war or denouncing it.... I'm pretty sure Liam has a fetish for guns, so it's kinda hard to tell.
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Posted 10 February 2009 - 15:43

Wait, you already HAVE the album..?

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 15:51

*cough*



.....*runs away*
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Posted 10 February 2009 - 15:51

it has leaked on torrent sites.
this time, the real deal, but it has some little skips in some songs.
I'm still happy I have the album in pre-order.
Although Byte has some points, I can't totally agree.
especially some things mentioned are pure taste.

I will enter the critic war after listening the album a bit more :ph34r: :P
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Posted 10 February 2009 - 15:53

wait.. its TEH album?

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 15:55

Hahahaha!

Oh well oh well oh well.. I was listening to our Lucid Squarepusher
when you guys were still waiting for the previews :P

Can't wait for this one tho, also have it in the pre-order!




And for the record, I bought SP afterwards anyway, for good measure.

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 15:57

this time, the real deal, but it has some little skips in some songs.

Not my copy :P
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Posted 10 February 2009 - 16:30

Hahahaha!

Oh well oh well oh well.. I was listening to our Pinky Kaneel
when you guys were still waiting for the previews :P


WAT?

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 16:36

I give your review a score of 2.5/5 Bytesmasher :)

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 16:46

I give your score a score of 3/5!

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 17:03

WAT?


Come to think of it: I had your album 2 years before it was even released ;)
.. And bought it only two weeks ago..?!

Oh my..

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 17:05

I give your review a score of 2.5/5 Bytesmasher :)

That's good considering I expended about 10% effort on it.
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Posted 10 February 2009 - 18:08

"I don't like where this is going. They're playing right into the hands of the fluoro trendy asshats with 80s sunglasses, those slip on shoes, tiny shorts and 'retro-cool' tees."

...from what i've heard..

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 20:33

i listened it also. don't like it. it is surely good and all that, but not that emotional and full of energy like it pretends to be.

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 20:49

i listened it also. don't like it. it is surely good and all that, but not that emotional and full of energy like it pretends to be.

"Liam Howlett couldn't possibly have put emotion into this album. He's just faking it. He's really a robot. Srsly."

You're absolutely right. I don't hear any energy. This is really quite possibly the least intense album I've ever heard.

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 22:44

In the tradition Byte-Smasher given us, here my opinion. you may not care, but it's fun to discuss ^_^
I give the album 4/5

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[*]Invaders must die
For me, the downloadable single, was a very strange introduction to the 'new Prodigy'.
But it grew on me, and now I think of it, as not classic, but very likeable.

[*]Omen
I really dig this song! this is really the prodigy sound that I wanted to expect after Fat of the land.

[*]Thunder
Maybe, I still have to hear this track some more, I don't seem to see the big picture here.
nice strings and synth tracks like jilted and experience, but it feels like the beat is to "made to kick"
should be quicker like the heat (the energy) or hyperspeed maybe.

[*]Colours
Looks like some sounds that where not good enough for 'World's on fire"
It surely has good elements, by far not the best on the album.

[*]Take me to the Hospital
Now this is a track that shows some serious inspirations!
great thing with the filtered vocoder in the beginning, not following the fast track beat trend on the singles.
yes Liam can still make booming slower beats (i loved Poison for that).
Nice use of the ambulance sound. This is good!

[*]Warrior's Dance
Is this track so epic as the intro suggests?
A vocal sample from plus staples?
ok nice oldskool beat kicks in!
Not bad, but the tiny introduction in the end of the high pitched right panned synth just doesn't justify this track being longer as 4 minutes.

[*]Run with the wolves
Nice brakes in this one, I'm not font of the melody here, but it's not bad. at all
only thing (not particular this track) is, with fat of the land, Liam showed you can make an enegized beat
with very few kicks (firestarter, Smack my Bitch up). I don't seem to get that on this album.

[*]Omen Reprise
It's an album format that I can understand. one track must be a ballad (well sort of, in this case:))
but this one is so hollow in comparison with tracks like Weather experience or 3 kilos.

[*]World's on Fire
I like this one a lot! Just like Byte, I have to make some comparisments with the live version:
First I thought winamp was jamming because of the repeats that come in when the weird aahhahaha sample kicks in.
I mis that subtile pause when the old outlander sample comes in.
luckely I pre-ordered the version with the DVD,

[*]Piranha
Ok this is one of those tracks you have to hear some more.
It's really a party raiser, this will be kicking hard with live shows.

[*]Stand Up
After many tries to listen to this one ... Just make sure you had enough booze or other things you prefer if you come along this track.
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Posted 13 February 2009 - 23:07

i'm reserving my judgement til the CD arrives in the post. oddly enough, with the exception of "fat of the land", i wasn't too keen on any of the albums the first time i heard them - they definitely grew on me though. i expect much the same will happen with the new album. <_<

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 05:34

i listened it also. don't like it. it is surely good and all that, but not that emotional and full of energy like it pretends to be.


I agree.

Overall, not too crazy about the album. Maybe it needs to grow on me more. But at this point I like always outnumbered better.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 12:49

The Prodigy are irrelevant, and this album is jam packed with irrelevant music. These dudes have gone on such a sharp decline since Experience and Jilted it's not even funny. We're talking full on nuclear explosive decline.

Every single track on this record, Omen included, is derivative sludge, and it's directly shameful for a band that used to fucking spearhead to be reduced to dragging their sorry feet like this, half retreading old paths, half biting off others (Pendulum in particular).

Sad. RIP.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 16:14

{Band} are irrelevant, and this album is jam packed with irrelevant music. These dudes have gone on such a sharp decline since {Early Album} and {Early Album} it's not even funny. We're talking full on nuclear explosive decline.

Every single track on this record, {New track} included, is derivative sludge, and it's directly shameful for a band that used to fucking spearhead to be reduced to dragging their sorry feet like this, half retreading old paths, half biting off others ({Other band that is influenced by first band} in particular).

Sad. RIP.


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Posted 16 February 2009 - 17:53

This album is very mediocre. Some hit potential, but nothing I'd start banging every day/week/month at home. So many good sounds, but at least half of them are shite. So many good grooves, but at least half of the songs are shite. Many wasted opportunities, that's how I feel about this album.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 18:04

The Prodigy? Shitehouse.

With poetic, romantic, hard bitten yet graceful writing like that I'm practically the new Lester Bangs!

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 22:00

BYTE-Smasher you worry me sometimes...

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 22:25

If I'm not worrying someone, I'm not doing my job ;)
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