The Day is My En­emy

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - Cooking Vinyl LAU­REN MUR­PHY

Now in their 25th year of ex­is­tence and with a re­ported 25 mil­lion al­bum sales, The Prodigy’s place in the pan­theon of dance greats is en­sured – but that doesn’t mean that the Es­sex trio con­tinue to be in­no­va­tors. The ag­gres­sive beats, grimy synths and slo­ga­neer­ing vo­cals of songs such as Nasty, Road­blox and Medicine will ap­pease es­tab­lished fans, but else­where, their sixth al­bum be­comes a bit repet­i­tive and heavy-handed. The songs with guest vo­cal­ists work best, par­tic­u­larly Sleaford Mods’ amus­ing de­nun­ci­a­tion of the su­per­star DJ cul­ture on Ibiza, and the stealthy, com­par­a­tively mea­sured In­vis­i­ble Sun pro­vides a wel­come re­prieve from the al­bum’s un­re­lent­ing break­neck pace. A few more tracks with more cre­ativ­ity and less brute force might have made for a more well-rounded al­bum. the­p­

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