The Prodigy – Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned

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Even Liam Howlett concedes that The Prodigy’s dismal 2002 comeback single, “Baby’s Got A Temper”, marked the world-conquering Essex rave squad’s nadir. After that, the producer began this troubled project afresh, excising live stooges Keith Flint and Maxim’s contributions, and replacing them with actress Juliette Lewis, rappers Princess Superstar and Kool Keith, and brother-in-law Liam Gallagher. Musically, however, Howlett long ago entered a stylistic cul-de-sac and appears unable to write anything other than numbly aggressive, breakbeat-battered schlock-rock; ideal, still, for clubs and PlayStation 2 games. Flashy standouts “Girls” and “The Way It Is” recall Utah Saints’ poppier moments. The remainder, turgid and humourless, is at best ordinary.

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