Invaders Must Die

The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2009 Ratings: #804 / 923
User Score
Based on 258 ratings
2009 Rank: #171
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH

As a distillation of the pure energy, passion and dancefloor destroying that has always run through Howlett’s productions, Invaders Must Die could possibly be the Prodigy’s best album yet.

80
SPIN

Invaders Must Die is a stirringly workmanlike, if retro, blast of founder/producer Liam Howlett’s anthemic breakbeat spazz.

80
Q Magazine
The Prodigy's fifth studio album sounds just like The Prodigy should. Only leaner, harder, and even faster than before.
80
The Skinny
For all the snarling jousts between Keith and Maxim peppered throughout the record, the outright highlight is Stand Up - a glorious early-Weatherall sounding finale with a horn riff that you’ll be humming for days. It’s good to have them back.
70
PopMatters

In the world of Invaders Must Die, there’s no recession, just some fantastic and concise escapes.

70
AllMusic
Howlett is no slouch in the production chair, and the sounds are mostly blinding, but the songs are strictly by-the-books.
70
Resident Advisor
Even if you have something against the retrograde, it's hard to argue when it's done this gleefully.
60
Slant Magazine

Appropriately, Invaders Must Die eschews its predecessor’s sullen stabs at hip-hop and embraces the now quaintly dated breakbeat-heavy techno that made their reputation in the first place.

60
The Observer

Invaders Must Die lacks their freshness and like all supposed returns "to form" it might prove they can compete with the present generation but, ultimately, it's more facelift than rejuvenation. Rock or rave, once the snap of youth is gone, it's lost for ever, however hard you try to find it again.

60
Mojo
You could muse on the dignity of 40 year olds having a rave revival but when the 303 synth squelch kicks in on soulful closer 'Stand Up,' it's all more pukka than moody.
60
The Guardian
There's just one thing the Prodigy can't recreate from their 90s salad days, and that's the shock of the new - or even a hint of controversy. Nothing here genuinely startles the way Firestarter did in 1996.
60
Consequence of Sound

It’s a sexily crafted, forty-minute slew of mega-watt beats that could perfectly compliment a pre-party hosted by young people hoping to “score” at the conclusion of the night ahead.

58
Pitchfork

It's another lunkheaded, loud mash-up of rock and dance, a sound now so beefed-up and campy that it's perhaps only suitable for shotgunning cheap beer and practicing UFC chokeholds with your pals.

50
No Ripcord

Invaders Must Die isn’t a bad album, but in the end it suffers from having a beginning which is, if anything, too good. The UK music scene would be poorer without them but if they are to move forward, it’s time to learn that they need a few more tunes to go with their own brand of hardcore raver’s machismo.

40
Uncut

In the ugliest way possible Invaders Must Die shows that the Prodigy have still got it. 

40
NOW Magazine

Producer/mastermind Liam Howlett tries upping Invaders' abrasiveness through vicious volume and endless grinding distortions, while Flint and Maxim toss off innocuous, vague lyrics in the hope that something sticks. Nothing really does, and the joyless end result is flat-out exhausting.

40
Under the Radar
The familiarity may be pleasing, but you may ultimately be disappointed when you realize that the original somngs they're emulating are so much better.
40
Drowned in Sound

A majority of IMD is destined to end up splattered across car adverts and in film soundtracks where the scene is of a pulsing, throbbing, energetic nature. Sadly, that won't lend it any more substance, but is that really why you love The Prodigy?

30
Rolling Stone
Aside from the hot grime-pop "Warrior's Dance" and the Stax-Volt hybrid "Stand Up," it's all pummeling, vacuous rave noise — useful mainly for thrash dancing and scaring neighbors.
ImpalaLT
73

The Prodigy Re-Review #5

It was better than their last one

This album puts elements of their music from the past while also using new elements of music. This album is what their 2004 album Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned should have been.

Favorite: Stand Up
Least Favorite: Take Me To The Hospital

NeroTra
80

Best Tracks: Piranha, Omen, Invaders Must Die, Warrior's Dance, Run With The Wolves, Take Me To The Hospital, O, Stand Up, Thunder
Worst Track: None
Notes: Essential album for sure, more people need to hear this

mikehermida
83

This album is possibly my favourite of theirs; bristling with energy, aggression and really really good songs. A keeper this one.

Essential track - Thunder

indigomaria
80

pure energy!

TobuTobs
84

This gotta be their most underrated record, it's so cohesively good and probably their most "pop" album to date. I grew up on this so I am probably a bit biased but it has aged like fine wine.

Mr_Flibble
78

As energetic as it is aggressive, Invaders Must Die rarely looses it's momentum over its 46 minute run time, reaching explosive new peaks on almost every track.

Top Tracks: Invaders Must Die, Omen, Take me to the hospital, Warriors dance, stand up
Least fav: World's on fire

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Track List

1Invaders Must Die
4:55
91
2Omen
3:36
92
3Thunder
4:09
86
4Colours
3:27
83
5Take Me To The Hospital
3:40
84
6Warrior's Dance
5:12
88
7Run With The Wolves
4:24
80
8Omen Reprise
2:14
74
9World's On Fire
4:50
79
10Piranha
4:04
76
11Stand Up
5:30
85
Total Length: 46 minutes

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