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The Lostprophets CD booklet proclaims: "6 bored kids = melody-aggression-emotion-energy-intelligence." What it doesn't say, but should: "If you like Incubus, you'll like Lostprophets." The British outfit mines much of the same territory as their more thoughtful nu metal, new millennium brethren, mixing an earnest Incubus hippie vibe with Creed-like sincerity and dash a of Faith No More oddity and syncopation for a commercial, if not groundbreaking, sound. Vocalist Ian Watkins has personality and passion and the band's playing is crisp and dynamic. Turntables, loops, and keyboards lend depth and hip-hop flavor to the melodic, tightly wound rock. The 11 songs here are all uniformly strong and intense, if not always deep and unique. --Katherine Turman

1. Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja
2. The Fake Sound Of Progress
3. Five Is A Four Letter Word
4. ...And She Told Me To Leave
5. Kobrakai
6. The Handsome Life Of Swing
7. A Thousand Apologies
8. Still Laughing
9. For Sure
10. Awkward
11. Ode To Summer

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 4, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005QG8W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,396 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

I like it better than Start Something, but both albums are good.
Greg
I, like most peaple who just heard of them, bought "Start Something" first and i liked that originally, so i decided to get their first cd.
TheGhostofFreedom
Every song is just amazing, but my favorite tracks are shinobiVSdrangonninja and forsure.
"benout"

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joe Schmo on February 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was introduced to this band a couple years ago by a friend and I really liked thier heavy sound with Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja. So I bought this CD and was very impressed. The singer has a very distinct voice that switches from melodic to powerful screaming that keeps me interested. Plus they have real heavy guitar riffs that punch you in the face. I also own Start Something and this is much better I think.

Fav songs: Shinobi, Five is a four letter word, Kobrakai.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Winslade on January 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album kicks ass, especially for a first album. Every song on the album is excellent quality, and each song showcase's everything that the prophets are about. Brilliant music, excellently sung. (and its not just in the studio, ian can pull out all the stops live as well). Buy this album before you buy their second record, Start Something!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TheGhostofFreedom on December 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
at least in my opinion it is. I, like most peaple who just heard of them, bought "Start Something" first and i liked that originally, so i decided to get their first cd. Most of the songs on "The Fake Sound of Progress" are harder than "Start Something" and it seems less radio friendly(which is a good thing in this case.) I first heard of this band a couple years ago when i saw the video for "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja" but forgot about them until "Last Train Home," and even then it took me a while to make the connection between the two songs because the two cd's are so different(actually I made the connection when i went to download a song or two from "Start Something" to check it out before i bought it.) If you liked "Start Something" for songs like "Last Train Home" than you probably won't like "The Fake Sound of Progress." I like every song on this cd and whenever i get bored of listening to the radio(which is quite often) this is one of the cds i regularly put in the stereo.

As for similarities to other bands, I don't own any Incubus albums so i can't say they sound alike, and as for the Linkin Park similarity? A little bit in the music but not that much, really.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan on December 31, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this band on MTV2 while channel surfing. I tuned in to their video of "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja." All it took was one song, I became hooked. I got the cd, and from the first, in your face intro of Shinobi all the way to the end of Ode to summer, my jaw never left the floor. As a guitarist, you can really appreciate what this band has done. They are actually accomplished guitarists, rather than just pumping out the same damn dropped D power chords that have infected radio waves like the plague. Also you will be impressed to find that the bass and guitars work in harmony, rather then the bass mimicking the guitar. My favorite track ont he cd would have to be Kobrakai, although they are all extremely good. If you want a demo of just how diverse the prophets are, listen to Kobrakai. A heavy yet easy to love into leads to a very jazzy yet hard verse. The pre-chorus that follows is simply amazing, with phased notes being played over distored chords. Then all hell breaks loose as singer Ian Watkins begins to scream to crazed guitars. The screaming then breaks into an amazingly catchy yet hard chorus, which shows Watkins range as a singer. The song then quickly transforms back to the jazz. The most amazing part is that they do this all seamlessly. The Lostprophets are definatly one of the best things to happen to hard rock in quite some time. Although Kobrakai is my overall favorite, the Top tracks on the cd are Shinobi Vs. Dragon Ninja for its straight in your face rock, ...And she told me to leave for its AMAZING chorus bass/guitar harmonies and bad ass guitar riff in the chours, The Handsome Life Of Swing for its Dual overlapping Vocals, and Ode To Summer for its excellent guitar riff and outro. In closing, all I can say is pick up this cd if you appreciate real rock music, especially if you play an insturment. Challenge yourself and try to figure this stuff out... Its no easy task.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dodgygoods2000 on February 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I am goin to do a track by track review.
Shinobi Vs Dragon Ninja - 10 out of 10
This is a great song, the guitars and drums are perfectly linked with the lyrics.
Fake sound of Progress - 9 out of 10
The new single with a good video. Again the guitars and drums are good and the lyrics are stuffed with good lines.
Five is a four letter word - 9 out of 10
Another good song and by now you are thinkin wow wot a great band and rightly so.
And she told me to leave - 9 out of 10
ditto
Kobrakai - 6 out of 10
But then the album kicks itself in the backside. This song sounds very alike the last two, and now you are wondering if this is one of those albums which starts of well then the band feels the middle part with average tracks such as this one.
The Handsome life of swing - 4 out of 10
I do not mind a bit of screamin over the top of a song as long as the song has some emotion as well which this does not. I have forced myself to listen to this track over and over again to see if it grew on me but i just ended up hating it even more!
A Thousand Apologies - 5 out of 10
What is goin on where are the clever guitar and drums that were at the start of the album?
Still Laughing - 9 out 10
Very good lyrics, and he stops screaming. A slower song and you always get them on nu metal albums (Linkin Park + Limp Bizkit) and usally i am a fan its good to try something different and Lost Prophets pull it off.
For Sure - 8 out of 10
And now you know its one of those albums that start well and end well but the middle is pants.
Awkward - 7 out of 10
Very strange start but its a good song but the guitar does sound a lot like the one in Dragon Ninja.
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