Friday, 7 August 2009

86: The Prodigy - Omen

One of the bands of the Nineties make an appearance in my countdown, an appearance which would have seemed highly unlikely this time a year ago. The Noughties have been very quiet for The Prodigy... a lone single in 2002 ('Baby's Got A Temper'), 2004 album 'Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned' and a Greatest Hits singles boxset. Bear in mind that the previous decade saw The Prodigy release three consecutive hugely successful albums, each with genre-crossing appeal and packed with hit singles.

Early in 2009, though, they were back. And in a big way. 'Omen' took the best rave beats of old-skool Prodge, and married them with that industrial metal guitar sound that Pendulum (pretenders to the throne during the Prodigy's extended absence) had made their trademark. In true Prodigy fashion, lyrics were kept to a minimum, but those they do use are catchy, repetitive and sound best when boomed out across a packed dancefloor. "Now, the writing's on the wall, it won't go away, it's an omen" bellows Keith, sounding as menacing as ever.

Welcome back, Prodigy. We missed you.