Album review: Lostprophets - The Betrayed (Visible Noise)

After four years away, Lostprophets return sharper than ever

Album review: Lostprophets - The Betrayed (Visible Noise)

7 / 10 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 ‘Liberation Transmission’. So how did they land up with something so much the same as they always were? ‘The Betrayed’ 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; ‘Dstryr Ad Dstryr’ is fiercer than they’ve been before, and while ‘Where We Belong’ proves that their cutlass-sharp way with a pop song is sharper than ever, ‘For He’s A Jolly Good Felon’ proves the same about their appalling way with words.

Dan Martin

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