The Prodigy
No Tourists


3.0
good

Review

by Simon STAFF
November 2nd, 2018 | 22 replies


Release Date: 11/02/2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Prodigy continues to meet expectations.

Going into No Tourists, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have an idea of what to expect from it considering how content they’ve been on their last two albums. The Essex titans have held it together pretty well over the years, making albums that don’t come anywhere close to Music For The Jilted Generation or The Fat Of The Land, but they do maintain a respectable amount of integrity using the same kindred template of abrasive, wobbly techno sounds and hard-rock inspired instrumentals lathered in distinct grooves and samples. No Tourists is no exception, but where the last decade has seen the band running with the same archetype, here they’ve decided to implement a few reflective and familiar fan-pleasing elements to spruce over the faint odour of their turning corpse – particularly in the first half of the LP. Their punk ethos remains intact as the album runs through its 10 tracks in a succinct and on the nose fashion with the likes of “Light Up The Sky” and “We Live Forever” attempting to touch on the group’s glory day highlights of “Smack My Bitch Up” or “Breath”, while the industrial tinged deviation of H09909’s guest spot track “Fight Fire With Fire” makes as a nice turning point for the LP in terms of sound palate. From thereon the record spreads its wings a couple of millimetres, using more contemporary electronic stylings and a less restrained approach to songwriting that’ll ensure you see it through to the end. It’s a solid little album which will certainly please its fanbase, and at this point that’s all you can ask for.

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2018


16799 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I will never forget The Prodigy playing at dawn, after the most chaotic night I have ever known. Ultra high, half naked people dancing with the devil surrounded by burning cars and barrels while these guys offloaded their set. I still can hear the masses moaning in what it was true and pure ecstasy.



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But I will probably pass on this one. Nice write up Doc.



Edit: I actually checked it, it has some bangers indeed.

Digging: Chelsea Wolfe - Birth of Violence

BaloneyPony
November 2nd 2018


86 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Can't say I hated any track on this album, except Boom Boom Tap.

bloc
November 2nd 2018


57888 Comments


Don't have high hopes for this, but it's fuckin Prodigy so I gotta hear it. It should at least be better than the new Crystal Method album.

Digging: The Sundays - Reading, Writing and Arithmetic

Middle18
November 2nd 2018


307 Comments


Where would this sit in a ranking of their albums? Ive been a fan for a long time and they rarely disappoint. From what ive heard they have broughtback the old school beats of Experience.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2018


15703 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Errr, it's of the same quality the last few records have been sat in. It lays out the old school influences quite a lot in the first half of the album, which is pretty cool. It's good stuff overall, I enjoyed it.

Digging: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

artiswar
November 4th 2018


9481 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can't wait to check this, last album was fantastic.

tokenmetalhead
November 4th 2018


11 Comments


The ratings here seem a bit too low. The album might be in line with their 2000's output, but the singles!!! Simply put, the singles for this album are the best ones they've knocked out since the 90's.

Need Some1 was a decent teaser, sort of like a dubstep-y take on old-school breakbeats with a satisfying chug-chug thump anchoring the main rhythm under the breaks, chopped up vox sample and synth leads. A badass, strutting tune.

Light Up The Sky is an instant classic, hearkening back to the early days with the silly pitch-shifted chipmunk rave vocals, except this time updated with ultra-heavy, driving bass that almost sound like metal guitars and some of the most satisfying, pumped-up hard techno blasts Howlett has crafted since the Voodoo People & Breathe. The song is laced with punky, shouting vocals that are catchy as hell and masterful noise-gated beats that hit hard. Has a real late-90's feel to it.

Fight Fire With Fire might be my favourite track here. It's got an almost metal-rap vibe with an awesome industrial-rock sound reminiscent of Pigface. Fucked up-sounding distortion blasts and funky, throwback 90's-electronica-esque fills framing Ho99o9's aggressive-yet-playful verses form an instantly classic sound, recalling vintage Public Enemy, Rage Against The Machine, and Pop Will Eat Itself. A contender for track of the year that compliments any EDM, techno, rock, hip hop, alternative, or industrial playlist.

In short... this is everything one could want from the Prodigy in 2018. Glad to have them back at their best again.

artiswar
November 4th 2018


9481 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fuck dude I'm getting hard

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2018


15703 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah, the singles are nice. but they're just throwback pieces, not anything that pushes the band into new and exciting places.

gschwen
November 6th 2018


173 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The beats are undeniably Experience era Prodigy, and there are the occasional moments where you feel like “yeah that’s the Prodigy I remember”... but those moments are so few and far between it’s really hard to herald this album as a return to form for the group. It is not clear what Flint and Maxim’s contributions are to this, which is a shame because Howlett needs hype men for this type of project. I’m glad that they have not taken the obvious route of becoming a dubstep artist; I was listening closely for them to take this into EDM territory or throw some wild glitches in there... too my relief they stay true to what made them popular. I just wish that these songs had some more teeth to them; not once did I feel impelled to dance and some of the “choruses” are just ascending steps on a musical scale. It feels really uninspired.

Zorg
November 6th 2018


343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree, it's pretty much retreading old ground. But I'm still digging it.

bloc
November 6th 2018


57888 Comments


This isn't worth a second listen to my ears, but it's way better than the previous album. It does sound like their early stuff which is nice.

BaloneyPony
November 6th 2018


86 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Resonate reminded me of a song off Experience if not for the very bassy beat drop in the middle.

starboystargirl
November 7th 2018


573 Comments


prodigy is more a live experience. their studio albums are all kinda eh

Zorg
November 7th 2018


343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I disagree. I feel that maybe they're best live but I also (and this is a cringey) like them as accompaniment to my imagined action sequences in my imagined films that I concoct while riding the subway to work. Also this album is growing on me. It goes hard.

BlackwaterPork
November 7th 2018


4390 Comments


Nah man fat of the land is such a good album

BaloneyPony
November 7th 2018


86 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I have Fat of the Land at a 5.0, and I don't intend on changing that score. It is their pinnacle album by far.

Groundking
November 15th 2018


1289 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I wish they tried experimenting more.

Digging: Capstan - Restless Heart, Keep Running

Trifolium
December 11th 2018


10289 Comments


First two are their best, Fat Of The Land is amazing too, the rest consists of different variations of not so good-bad.

DoofDoof
December 11th 2018


5809 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

No 2018 album sunk without a trace quicker than this release



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