PRODIGY – THE DAY IS MY ENEMY
25 YEARS IS A LOOOOOONG TIME TO BE ANGRY. Just ask The Prodigy, who’ve made a career out of it.
Still one of the best live electronic bands in the universe, their musical output has been diminishing ever since their genre defining album Fat of the Land, way back in 1997. Since then, they’ve been treading musical water, melding scene influences to their electro/ rock/ breaks hybrid, notably on the dire dubstepindebted Invaders Must Die album.
The good news is that this album is more than just a collection of influences, or re- hashed ideas. ‘ The Day Is My Enemy’ and ‘ Nasty’ are the trio back at their best, full of ferocious vocals and tear out breaks. ‘ Wild Frontier’ is rave- ready DnB and ‘ Destroy’ is classic rock’n’rave territory, that has live classic written all over it. But there are too many duff notes to make this a classic. The last 5 tracks are utterly pointless ( less is more), and the less said about the supposedly tongue- in- cheek ‘ Ibiza,’ with synths set to demo and vocals to brainless, the better.
We’re not sure what the trio have to be angry about, but it’s still kinda working for them.