After four years away, Lostprophets return sharper than ever

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Album review: Lostprophets - The Betrayed (Visible Noise)

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Album review: Lostprophets – The Betrayed (Visible Noise)

The story goes that Pontypridd’s most hair-gelled burned through four years, two no lesser producers than John Feldmann and Bob Rock, and not far shy of half-a-million pounds in following up their smash ‘[b]Liberation Transmission[/b]’. So how did they land up with something so much the same as they always were? ‘[b]The Betrayed[/b]’ plays to their strengths in that it sounds more like the work of blue-quiffed CGI-animated ninja warriors than real people with wrinkles. And on those terms, its melodramatic punk-prog-pop succeeds; ‘[b]Dstryr Ad Dstryr[/b]’ is fiercer than they’ve been before, and while ‘[b]Where We Belong[/b]’ proves that their cutlass-sharp way with a pop song is sharper than ever, ‘[b]For He’s A Jolly Good Felon[/b]’ proves the same about their appalling way with words.

[b]Dan Martin [/b]

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