The Prodigy haven’t made a proper album since 2009’s Invaders Must Die! and yet when Nasty, The Day Is My Enemy’s lead track, was unveiled in January, it was as if they’d never been away.
But not in a good way. A mixture of fierce techno and cartoon punk, it could never be mistaken for anyone else and was resolutely unadventurous: a sad state of affairs for the band which, alongside The Chemical Brothers, turned dance music on its head in the 1990s.
It’s not all bad news, though. Despite several other examples of what could be dubbed yob rave – such as fellow single Ibiza – there’s enough on TDIME to suggest that The Prodigy still have something new to offer. The title track itself is a up there with their best work, Beyond The Deathray is as close to a ballad as they are ever likely to come and Wild Frontier surreptitiously showcases Liam Howlett’s melodic gift in possibly the most un-Prodigy-like track here.
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By Andrew Greenhalgh