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Album Review

Liberation Transmission is the third effort from Lostprophets, though it's debatable whether many (at least stateside) remember much of the Wales post-grunge troupe outside of the massive success of their 2004 single "Last Train Home." The band is down to five players this time around, following the 2005 departure of drummer Mike Chiplin, but with the enrollment of Josh Freese (the Vandals, A Perfect Circle, etc. etc) behind the drum kit, you can be assured the rhythm section's backbone is adequately covered. For much of the album — from its red/black/white color scheme and extended song titles to the band's newly austere yet fashionable images — Lostprophets seem to be musically capitalizing on the sonic guitar-driven splendor that initially thrust them into the public's eye, while visually appealing more to fans beyond the confines of the Hoobastank/ Linkin Park crowd. In conjunction with the aforementioned color palate, there's an underlying war-torn theme of bleak, frustrated, and fed up sentiments propelling the vaguely anti-militaristic feeling of early songs. And even if the band's motivations don't appear to be politically driven all the way through, they still seem to be relying on a general life disillusionment to rally behind with a resounding cry. Tracks like the urgent fury of "Everyday Combat" and the impassioned "For All These Times Son, For All These Times" are guitar-crashing, keyboard-laced explosions of sound amid a steady backdrop of emphatic background vocals. But then they throw in numbers like the playful bounce of "Can't Catch Tomorrow (Good Shoes Won't Save You This Time)" and the slight funk-groove of "A Town Called Hypocrisy" to show a bit more welcomed flexibility than just brash, bottled aggression. Empowered lead single "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)" is definitely trying to re-create the magic of "Last Train Home"; while it comes close in its opening reliance on the more fragile edge of Ian Watkins' voice, the eventual buildup into surging chorus never quite reaches that lofty level of cathartic explosion, even in its proclamations of "Standing on the rooftops/Everybody scream your heart out/This is all we got." Though really, that song speaks for the rest of the album. Even with its stirring moments — compared to their contemporaries there is much variety here to enjoy — Liberation Transmission seems to find Lostprophets trying harder to re-create their sound instead of pushing it forward.

Customer Reviews

The Prophets are Back!

Lostprophets are back with a bang. An awesome album from start to finish. Rooftops is going to be one of the best songs of the year. I think the Prophets come out with a song every 2 years that blows you away, from Shinobi vs. Dragon, to Last Train Home, to now with Rooftops. Definitley worth the money!

Another band losing their edge

Lostprophets used to merge turntable nu-metal with hardcore-style dual vocals and breakdowns. They were an exciting band to watch on the 2002 Ozzfest tour...I even got to meet the guys. However, they've changed a lot since then. Some people will say they've matured and changed with the times, but they sound like nothing special to me on this album. They don't stand out amongst the pack like they used to. I'm not saying to keep doing the same music, but seriously...this might be the true fake sound of progress.

Album for Liberating Your Life

As indicated by the huge first single, 'Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)'. The Lostprophets are taking thier music that is huge in the UK and bringing it over to the states in an even larger way. This album is the most accomplished, well produced, lyrically and musically pleasing release than thier first 2 albums. It is somewhat of a step away from the old stuff however. But as lead track 'Everyday Combat' suggests, the band hasn't forgotten their roots. The next single will probably be 'A Town Called Hypocrisy', followed by the obvious choice for a single 'Broken Hearts, Torn Up Letters and the Story of a Lonely Girl'. With this release the Lostprophets will gain many fans from both countries. Overall, this is a fantastic album. It is well worth your money. Pretty soon, as the chorus of 'Rooftops(A Liberation Broadcast)' says, you also will be screaming your heart out.

Biography

Formed: 1997 in Pontypridd, Wales

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins and guitarist Mike Lewis grew up together in the Cardiff satellite town of Pontypridd. They began blending musical genres as members of the band Public Disturbance. Watkins was a drummer at the time, but he moved to vocals when the pair first started experimenting as Lozt Prophetz. Watkins and Lewis flirted with ska and hip-hop at first, then came to an aggressive style of rock that mixed together their longtime love of metal...
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