Prong - _Scorpio Rising_
(Locomotive Music, 2003)
by: Xander Hoose (
Like many others, I was anxious to hear Prong's return to the scene. "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" and "Rude Awakening" are all-time favourites of mine -- as is the whole _Cleansing_ album, actually. So I eagerly listened to _Scorpio Rising_, banging my head and jumping around. And I listened again. And again. And then it dawned upon me: I still hadn't memorized any of the songs, I found no personal favourite, I couldn't even separate most of the songs from each other. Giving the album a couple more spins, I had to stress my earlier conclusions even more. I'm very glad to see Prong back in action, if only for their excellent live shows, but _Scorpio Rising_ is not worth the wait. Average songs, average songwriting, average vocals; _Scorpio Rising_ is an album that does fit into the Prong catalogue and might come out sounding good in comparison to Prong's early albums, but after all these years you'd expect them to have learned a thing or two, that they would show some progression. I'm not asking to be surprised with a killer song like the two I mentioned before, but _Scorpio Rising_ becomes hard to enjoy after a few spins. Sorry.
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