When looking at the idea of consistency, within any bracket of electronic music, there aren’t a lot of acts that come close to The Prodigy. With an extensive chart-topping portfolio, 25million record sales, GRAMMY nominations, Brit Awards, and some of the biggest and most cult-worthy anthems such as Firestarter and Omen, The Prodigy mark their long-awaited return with their sixth studio album, their first since 2009- The Day Is My Enemy.
Possibly being the most obvious statement ever, The Day Is My Enemy is typical Prodigy. The album is everything that’s made the trio one of the world’s most renowned names in electronic music. Flint’s roaring unforgiving shrieks, vulgar brutality provided courtesy of hard-hitting guitars, and that elusive sinister air that goes with every Prodigy project. Take Roadblox for example, a song that sounds like something as innocent as a child’s bike bell or a wind chime, on acid, thanks to heavy drum and bass influences. While some may expect a degree of diversity, invention or intuitiveness on a sixth LP from the British group, by now you should accept that The Prodigy’s style isn’t really the progressive kind.
While much of the The Prodigy’s USP is fairly easy to get to grips with, as mentioned there’s always that air of something a little less straightforward with The Day Is My Enemy. Opening tracks The Day Is My Enemy, Nasty and Rebel Radio will have no trouble slotting into The Fat of The Land, with the latter fitting the exact formula as Smack My Bitch Up, although, there is still a lot of material to get a little more excited about. For example, Invisible Sun’s dainty intro begs for a drop or heart-thundering, bone-shaking shift in tempo and instrumental accompaniment, but it never comes, which I found particularly peculiar on a Prodigy LP. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing however. Another key improvement and noticeable aspect to The Day Is My Enemy is the overall structure and composition. For example, track 8, Beyond The Deathray acts as an interlude-come-introduction track to one of the project’s stand out hits- the Flux Pavillion-assisted Rhythm Bomb.
The Day Is My Enemy marks The Prodigy’s sixth studio album, as well as their sixth consecutive number one album, and this is perfectly justified. The three-peice group have created another solid piece of music that slots effortlessly within their big-beat, drumstep, rock, techno catalogue. As I’ve said a lot of the same ground is covered, the ground that all Prodigy fans can’t deal without, and enough for it to be a memorable LP. However, as well as this there’s still enough to latch onto from a critical point of view, especially when looking at the overall composition and arrangement.
Verdict – WWWV
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