Invaders Must Die

The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2009 Ratings: #708 / 834
User Score
Based on 72 ratings
2009 Ratings: #145
March 3, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Take Me to the Hospital, Cooking Vinyl / Label
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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
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
Resident Advisor
Even if you have something against the retrograde, it's hard to argue when it's done this gleefully.
60
AllMusic
Howlett is no slouch in the production chair, and the sounds are mostly blinding, but the songs are strictly by-the-books.
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
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.

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
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.

58
Pitchfork

By the time he'd wrapped up his first decade recording as the Prodigy, Liam Howlett had released at least a dozen great singles, from his earliest squeaky rave classics to the snarling big beat that made him a millionaire in the late 1990s. Howlett's proudly inelegant grooves made h

im a boogieman among critics allergic to bubblegum, even as the Prodigy enjoyed the kind of mass culture success that any dance producer would secretly envy. If you want to take a break from minimal techno to relive the rush of zillions-selling mainstream dance-- and you've misplaced your Chemical Brothers collection-- any of the three solid albums the Prodigy released between 1992 and 1997 will do the trick nicely.

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
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?

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.

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.
Plats
85
After the obnoxious trainwreck that was “Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned”, “Invaders Must Die” is a fun, refreshing, punchy and catchy record that revitalizes the energy that has always made The Prodigy so damn good in the past!

Fav Tracks: Invaders Must Die, Omen, Run with the Wolves, Colours, Stand Up, Thunder, Warrior’s Dance

Least Fav Track: Take Me to the Hospital

Score:
8.5
Exceptional
AndrewK
86
The nostalgia factor weighs heavily in my score. Regardless, this remains a tight record packed with british rage and catchy choruses. Their most danceable, stickiest and colourful record.
89
A brilliant return to form after the lacklustre 'Always Outnumbered...'. The band sounds revitalised and fully in battle mode again.

FAVOURITES: 'Invaders Must Die', 'Omen', 'Thunder', 'Take Me to the Hospital', 'Warrior's Dance', 'Run with the Wolves', 'World's on Fire'
LEAST FAVOURITES: 'Omen Reprise'
ryanoat
75
After the complete and utter failure of Always Outnumbered I am glad to say that this album is much better. While it may not have the complexity and originality of Jilted Generation or Fat Of The Land, Invaders Must Die is a fun album which doesn't overstay its welcome at a reasonable 45 minutes.

Best tracks: Invaders Must Die, Omen, Stand Up, Thunder, Colours, Run With The Wolves
Worst track: Take Me To The Hospital
rika_
65
i guess it's catchy but perhaps 75 was a little too generous before
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#23/Q Magazine
#26/musicOMH

Track List

  1. Invaders Must Die
  2. Omen
  3. Thunder
  4. Colours
  5. Take Me To The Hospital
  6. Warrior's Dance
  7. Run With The Wolves
  8. Omen Reprise
  9. World's On Fire
  10. Piranha
  11. Stand Up

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