The Prodigy still has its time and place
I was on the Barcelona metro listening to The Prodigy's new album and trying to think of how I could describe the band's music. I wasn't thinking too hard because I was playing poker on my phone at the same time, which is only important because my possession of a cellular phone is crucial to what happened next.
|THE PORTABLE PAUL SHIRLEY|
Paul's basketball adventures are now in paperback.
But if you're listening to The Prodigy for the songwriting, we need to discuss your decision-making skills.All music has its time and place. The Prodigy and their latest record are no different. For "Invaders Must Die," that time and place is 8:45 on a Friday night, when a friend is dragging his heels when you're trying to get him to go out. The album will help him remember that we only get to live once, so we might as well enjoy it. If it helps, think of The Prodigy as aural Red Bull. Music is always about timing and placement. Metallica is not road trip music. Boston is. The Prodigy is not Sunday morning newspaper-reading music. Pete Yorn is. "Invaders Must Die" is not a perfect album for every time and place, but it is the perfect album for the right time and place. I'm glad the band is still releasing albums so I can discover what that time and place is, even if, to do so, I have to deal with an unbalanced Spanish girl and the fear that I'm about to have my phone stolen.