Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned
|UK chart position: 1|
2004, XL Recordings XLLP 183
23 August 2004, XL Recordings CD, XLCD 183
14 September 2004, Maverick CD, 47990-2
2005, EMI Korea, EKPD-1153
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The album is a mish mash of next level Chems, Beastie Boys electro voices, moody Gary Numan "Cars" style synths and Basement Jaxx esque Eastern noise clashes, plus stomping Zombie nation keyboards, Switch-style acid squelches and plenty of four bar guitar riffs a la Fatboy Slim and classic early 90's Prodigy. Keith and Maxim don't appear on the new album. In the boys place are a screamy natural born killers star Juliette Lewis as well as Siouxsie Sioux style vocals and clipped female samples.
Q magazine has a run down of all
the tracks with comments by Liam Howlett.
Heres a break down of some of
the tracks. (Taken from Mix Mag article)
The new prodigy album is finished! We got 11 possibly 12 fist in the air traks. it sounds sinister, electronic, trashy, sexy and fresh to my ears. this album is about reminding people what the prodigy was always about---the beats and the music. the vocals on this record are mostly used as an extension of the sound rather than the main focal point.
Like Jilted, Keef and Maxim weren't involved musically and they are not on this album. ALL 3 of us will be together to do what we do and play this record live and rock it later in the year, we cant fukin wait! you will probably begin to hear stuff early summer and the new album will hit in august. yeah -- more news to follow soon.
Tracks from Nekos interview with Liam
Tracks mentioned by NME, XFM from the XL-Recordings
Liam Howlett is working on the next Prodigy album, its working title is Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. (the name comes from a famous novel "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned") The album is going to be released in winter 2002 or spring 2003. Liam will release the album when he feels it's finished, and no one can tell when that will be.
Howlett told Q magazine that Perry Farrell of Janes Addiction will feature on one track on the record, which is taking a more "electronic" direction than he anticipated. He commented: "I thought it was gonna be really rocky but it's turning out quite electronic. I don't know what it's going to be like yet but I know it's not going to be all fake blood and stupid hairdos. I'm doing one track with Perry Farrell and Keith (Flint)'s playing guitar on the album too. "
Maxim has explained in an interview why they felt the need to take such a long break. ”On the whole, we just needed to take a break for a while and chill out. We’d been going for nine years without stopping and we needed to chill a bit. Instead of playing another Reading, another Glastonbury, with people getting fed up with us, we thought we should take a break and not exactly re-invent ourselves but find a different vibe we could use. If we were stupid and naive we could be playing now, but before we knew it we’d have damaged ourselves and become exhausted.”
"I've got 80 per cent of the album somewhere
in my studio. I've just got to assemble it. The other
20 per cent is going to be collaborations and stuff. "