It sometimes feels like The Prodigy has been around forever. It’s been over five years since Invaders Must Die and over two decades since Experience, and yet somehow the group and their music manages to maintain an air of relevancy, and timelessness even after long gaps, even as twenty years of music inspired by them passes by.
It should be no surprise then, that both the album title, and the sound of the album are decisively angry. Unrest is alive and well in The Prodigy’s native UK, and it’s refreshing to hear that frustration reflected in music so eloquently. In some ways, this record returns to the classic sound of The Prodigy compared to the slight departure of Invaders Must Die and tracks like ‘Destroy’ feel very much like they could fit in multiple places in the group’s past. That’s not to say however, that this album does not feel distinct from the band’s previous efforts, in fact as the album moves on the songs feel a little less safe and a lot more interesting, with the latter half of the record gaining a momentum and energy that really makes this record interesting. This culminates in some amazing moments, for example the chorus to ‘Wall of Death’, where the grunge-like structure of the song and its raw power is just incredibly gratifying.
It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that any new album by The Prodigy comes with high expectations, and once again the group have exceeded them. The Day is My Enemy is a fantastic electronic record and a solid Prodigy album. While it’s nothing revolutionary, it’s a more than worthy conqueror of expectations.