The Prodigy – The Day Is My Enemy

DNA: A harsher version of The Prodigy’s “Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned”

This is my first negative review. The Prodigy is a brilliant band. “The Day Is My Enemy” is far from brilliant. In fact, it is a disappointment.

One of the most impressive things about The Prodigy is that its first three albums demonstrate different styles of electronica and each is a masterpiece. “The Experience” was released in the tail end of the rave scene and offered more complex songs than their techno brethren. “Out of Space” and “Charly” are classic songs from that album.

The band took a different direction in “Music for a Jilted Generation,” which displays a style more in line with electronica of the late 1990s. Every song on the album is strong. “Voodoo People” and “The Narcotic Suite: 3 Kilos” are two examples.

“The Fat of The Land” thrust The Prodigy into the mainstream. The album is quite simply Liam Howlett’s opus. Two lesser known songs off the album are “Climbatize” and “Narayan.”

After “The Fat of the Land,” The Prodigy took a different direction with “Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned.” The song on that album are aggressive, almost a distant relative of thrash metal. The Prodigy’s most recent release “The Day is My Enemy” seems like a sequel to “Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned.” To me, that’s not a good thing. The songs aren’t built around innovative samples and drum beats. The songs run into each other with little distinction. After the lead song “The Day Is My Enemy,” the songs sound like one continuous, aggressive techno-thrash song.

If you’re a stranger to The Prodigy, I strongly recommend starting with “Music For A Jilted Generation.” The album is a bit dated but I think the songs still hold up. I also recommend “The Fat of The Land,” which has songs like “Breathe” and “Firestarter” that you’ll recognize and enjoy. Once you have heard the songs on those two albums, it will be difficult to listen to the songs on “The Day Is My Enemy.”

One a scale of Roscoe P. Coltrane (“Forget It”) to Boss Hog (“Get It”), “The Day Is My Enemy” is a 5 Roscoe P. Coltrane, Forget It.




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