We all have them, those big bands you know you should love, but just leave you feeling a bit cold. I have a fair few of them in my closet, bands for whatever reason I have never got or never given the time to. That’s where Second Chances come in. An article series where I will go to bands who fill this criteria and give them exactly that, a second chance. To start things off, we have The Prodigy. A band who have always gone over my head. Sure, there are some great things about them, I remember how cool and dangerous they seemed when they first broke and I was young and impressionable. But in the here and now, I just struggle to care. Even their famed live show failed to convince me when I watch them headline Sonisphere last year.
Which brings us to The Day is My Enemy, their latest album and their first since 2009. It’s also apparently the first time that Maxim and Keith Flint have been actively involved in the song writing process, although I read that off Wikipedia, so fuck knows if it’s true. It also sadly continues the trend of me just not getting this stuff.
Which isn’t to say there isn’t parts of this album I at least kind of enjoy. The title track opens things up and has Martina Topley-Bird providing vocals. Her almost haunting performance vibes against the party atmosphere going on behind her and for an opening track, it definitely gets you paying attention. However, you then have stuff like ‘Nasty’, which is basically some bloke shouting ‘nasty’ repeatedly over some beats. ‘Rok-Weiler’ is the same and while I’m sure that this kind of thing is great fun when you are off your head on drugs and going mental at a concert, on album it just seems a bit daft.
That becomes even more of a problem when you realise that this is nearly an hour-long. I’m not against long albums, but when you are already beginning to grow weary of words being shouted repeatedly on the 7th track, there being another five almost feels like a chore. I don’t know about you guys, but the second I’m checking an album to see how much longer there is left, I know it’s failed in grabbing my attention.
Now I have to be honest, I knew coming in that this was probably a failed cause. This isn’t the first time I’ve tried to leap on The Prodigy bandwagon. I don’t like this stuff and the odds of this album actually changing my mind were always one in a million. Therefore, it should be said that I don’t begrudge people who do like it. The Prodigy have a lot of stuff that I want to love, its high octane, balls to the wall, music which gets the blood pumping and makes you want to smash shit up. At least that’s what my head tells me it should make me want to do, the problem is it too often leaves me not wanting to do any of that. When the beats drop in, I have a sinking feeling of, ‘is that it?’
Maybe I’m dead inside, but The Day is My Enemy leaves me feeling the exact same way every other Prodigy album does. I just don’t get it, no matter how I try. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve listened to it in the last couple of days and it hasn’t clicked at all. It seems that no matter what I do, The Prodigy are always destined to be one of those bands that I just don’t get.