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Music For The Jilted Generation

The Prodigy

1994

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Music For The Jilted Generation
Album Summary

Music for the Jilted Generation is the second studio album by English electronic music group the Prodigy. It was first released in July 1994 by XL Recordings in the United Kingdom and by Mute Records in the United States. Just as on the group's debut album Experience (1992), Maxim Reality was the only member of the band's lineup—besides Liam Howlett—to contribute to the album. A remastered and expanded edition of the album titled More Music for the Jilted Generation was released in 2008.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

An incredible dance record, which was hugely influential in its time and continues to sound great. Lots of energy and some really cool synth sounds. Some real standout tracks, particularly throughout the mid section of the album, though the whole thing flows well. The kind of music best listened to while off your face in a nightclub/warehouse/field. Too long though, like a lot of dance albums from this era.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
5

I love this. I always loved this. It's one of the world's great 'get up and go' albums for when some musical motivation is needed. Full volume in the club I worked at turned this album into a monster. So many tracks here made the crowd go nuts, we had to ration Prodigy for when we had enough doormen to handle it. Such power, I fucking love it.

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Wed Oct 21 2020
3

Prodigy, while electronic, couldn't be any further from the electronic band I reviewed yesterday (Heaven17). This album is dark, industrial, filled with great break beats, and actually has a ton of balls to it. What it DOESN'T have, unfortunately, is anything resembling melody or song structure. I vaguely remember liking their later album, "Invaders Must Die" so I was interested to give this a try. It's about what I expected but I did come across a couple of tracks that I actually knew ("Voodoo People" and "Poison") and liked. This album is great as high-energy background music. There are so many interesting layers of sonic texture going on that can be interesting to try to pick apart but, as a focused listening experience, it falls very short when one is sober.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Blips, blops, snares, fireworks, drums, voices from beyond the veil, reverberations, passing UFOs, foghorns from ships 20 miless out at sea, drums, breaking glass, a carnival two streets over, looped organ music from a 40s horror flick, drums, drums, drums.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

What we're dealing with here is a total lack of respect for the law.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Way more 4/4 than I was anticipating, I like it. The BPM’s in general are lower than what is thought they’d be, but that’s no complaint. This album is very good, I can hear it’s influence. Slows down nicely in the back 1/3rd, gets nice and atmospheric. 3 Kilos is such an amazing song, a departure from the album, but it works brilliantly. My favorite song on the album. I’d buy this

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Thought I wouldn't like it but then it turned out to be excellent work music!

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Mon Sep 06 2021
5

I doubt I’m alone in saying that this album pushed a metal / grunge kid into the world of dance music and that’s exactly what this album did. Aggressive and fast and whilst I was initially drawn in by the likes of Their Law and Voodoo People it is actually tracks like Speedway, No Good, 3 kilos and Claustrophobic Sting that stuck with me. A stone cold classic album - one they never topped and never could

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

Big Beats are the best. Get high all the time.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Sounded like I was in a warehouse basement rave with a bunch of people from Zoolander. And I loved it.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Many childhood memories! Still one of the most important techno albums of that decade.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

Pretty repetitive and dated.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
2

The prodigy. Een beetje als flossen; Je weet dat het goed is, maar je hebt er gewoon echt niet altijd zin in.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
1

p750. 1994. 1 star So-so drum and bass with synths and samples. Probably brilliant for clubs at the time but not my thing at all. Just goes on and on and on...

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Wed Aug 10 2022
1

This is not for me. Obviously there are people this is for, and I'm stoked for them that this exists for them. But it's not for me.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

4/1 Hard, hard beats on here, sounds more timeless than their next album and I certainly like this one more. Standout Tracks: Break & Enter, Full Throttle, Voodoo People, Poison, One Love, Claustrophobic Stings

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

Fantastische Platte, auch wieder so ne Wegmarke am Übergang einer Band, in dem Fall von Liam Howletts Schlafzimmerprojekt mit seinen Raverfreunden zum Major Act mit Major Hits. Mich schocken nach wie vor am meisten die eher klassischen British Breakbeat/Hardcore/Jungle-Nummer mit natürlich allen voran Full Throttle, aber auch Break & Enter und das alles passenderweise ganz zum Schluss gesetzte (keine Gefangenen!) Claustrophobic Sting. Die Hits - Voodoo People, No Good und (hatte völlig vergessen dass die schon da drauf war!) Poison - dann schön in die Mitte gesetzt und schon klar auf die damalige MTV Crowd abgezieltz. Paar Filler drumherum (aber wer Filler wie Their Law hat, hat nun wirklich gar keine Probleme) - und schon haben wir die perfekte Platte für ihre Zeit. Habe mich immer gefragt, welche Drogen die Band selbst dazu eigentlich im Programm hatte - Kiffen und Alkohol kann ich aus Rezipientensicht aber wärmstens empfehlen. 4,4

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Prefer The Fat Of The Land but still very good. A 3.75/5

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Fri Jul 28 2023
4

What a monster this album is. Great beats throughout. Would have been absolutely bonkers in the club. For me also great to focus while working.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

So the hits and singles released from this album were (and still are) undeniably ace. As for the best of the rest: ‘Full Throttle’, ‘3 Kilos’ and ‘Claustrophobic Sting’ are both great, while ‘The Heat’ is interesting. What’s left is just a bit too one note for me. There are a lot of interesting ideas, but they never quite feel fully fleshed out, and on an album that’s already too long the padding get really noticeable at times.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

6/10. Musically, I definitely like this better than the crab album, but the crab album had a much more memorable album cover

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Sun Jan 22 2023
3

This was surprisingly a smidge better than the crab album, even given its lack of crab. But only a smidge.

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Fri Mar 17 2023
3

This was a wild album, felt like I was in some 90's video game Tron type setting of just zipping through tunnels and night scapes. Very cool in that sense and makes me glad I listened to it, but beyond maybe catching these songs at a club I'll never go to or an underground street racing event, I'm not sure I'd listen to again. I did just finish watching Cyber Punk Edgerunners last night and they should have taken some songs from here.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
2

1001 Albums Generator Day 17 I had so many associations with this record even before I put it on. I think of the rave scene from which The Prodigy emerged, and the radical free festival culture with which it cross-pollinated. Those who thought they could see a way to a more communal, compassionate way of life, and working class kids who spotted an opportunity to make something of themselves. The Criminal Justice Act versus the emission of a succession of repetitive beats. Lots of muddled thinking that would later curdle into paranoia. That self-proclaimed "Thatcher on drugs," Paul Staines, whose corrupt, ego-libertarian ethos has ultimately done more to shape the country we've become than either the kids he sold tickets to or Major. Mostly, though, I think of Keith. After years of going to DIY gigs and workshops, reading and making zines, and putting on exhibitions in disused Edwardian toilets, I have never experienced a single moment more punk rock than the first time I saw the Firestarter video on Top of the Pops. It's in the amazement that an adult could look like that, sound like that, be so wild, and not just be allowed to do it or get away with it, but to take people with him. To be so lovable. It's something I also found in the nonsense poetry of Spike Milligan and would later find in Syd Barrett and Pixies and Anton Henning: the sheer glee of people throwing things together that aren't supposed to be. It's also there in the culture-jamming collage of Oasis' Shakermaker, though I suspect I'll have an opportunity to persuade you of that one at a later date. I love the rough edges that capture the moment and energy of throwing paint around in the sweet spot between purpose and spontaneity. In Liam's choice of samples for Charly I can hear the playful resistance of people dancing in spite of the warning signs. I didn't realise in 1996 that the rage in Firestarter erupted from a movement arrested. Liam has since denied any political intent to Music for the Jilted Generation. I can see why he wouldn't want to limit the resonance of his work to one particular moment. However, the artwork, titles and vocal samples say otherwise. Also, with the caveat that this isn't my area at all and I'm probably missing something, I feel the politics of the moment have far more contemporary relevance - from modern protest movements to digital piracy and crypto scammers - than techno. These days, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the Prodigy is the friend who showed me a documentary about the band and pointed out that Keith Flint had the same speaking voice as her grandma. Similarly, this album belongs to a different generation and I can't always understand where it's coming from, but I'm sure it has a lot of good stories beneath the surface.

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Sun Apr 23 2023
2

This would be really good Saturday morning music if I lived in a meth dungeon and was currently on meth. Going to listen to it tomorrow. Some of the songs are just a bit too long but I find myself dancing it up in the car. Kinda enjoying the darkness of it but I wish I listened to it while it was raining. Overall not my type of shit but still enjoyable. Wish I could give 2.5 stars.

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Fri Sep 01 2023
2

i bet if you played this album for me in 1994 in a club while i was high on molly i’d give it a 5/5. but unfortunately i am employed by corporate america and did not enjoy this album

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Sat Sep 10 2022
1

This sounds like the worst Sonic the Hedgehog soundtrack ever made. If industrial soundscapes are your thing, you may enjoy it.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
1

First song should have ended after two minutes. So should have the album. Crappy music for a video game boss fight.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
1

You can throw all the Prodigy albums at me that you want, but you're still just trying to make fetch happen.

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Sun Mar 05 2023
1

This is like jazz but worse for my attention span

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Tue Apr 11 2023
1

I chose to listen to my hairdryer over this

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Wed Apr 12 2023
1

1h20 of breakbeat and techno jams. Duuuuude, this is sooooo long for having so little to express and to say. What the hell was this?

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Wed Apr 12 2023
1

I never thought it could be possible for an electronic album to be so boring.

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Wed May 17 2023
1

This is one of the worst things I've ever heard. Repetitive drums, similar in every song, combined with boring and annoying electronic noise.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
5

Good stuff! Just absolutely love this band!

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Tue May 11 2021
5

One of my all time favorites, this is my childhood

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Mon Sep 06 2021
5

Banger from start to finish, an album that means so much to me, learning the running man, first cd I ever bought. Untouchable.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
5

An extraordinary album that was both brilliantly original yet completely of its time. Timeless in many ways this album did more to change the landscape of dance music and bring it to a wider audience than any other.

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Sun Sep 26 2021
5

Второй альбом The Prodigy демонстрирует плавный переход от чистого рейва Experience к электропанку легендарного The Fat of the Land. При загрузке материала под завязку на 1 час 18 минут, альбом слушается на одном дыхании. Ураганный рейв сменяется цепляющими хитами и уносит в космос на последних треках.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

Great album. Never listened to it before but thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Sat Nov 20 2021
5

great rave music, or in my case great for keeping me motivated whilst working.

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Sat Nov 20 2021
5

Amazing album. I was aware of and enjoyed The Prodigy beforehand; I can't believe I let this album by.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

RIP Keef. If this was a footballer it'd be Razor Ruddock. (Not for his football ability).

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

this used to be my preffered album to listen to when i came home too wired to go straight to bed. i am now old and that no longer happens.

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Sat Dec 25 2021
5

Absolutely brilliant album and dare I say it, better than The Fat of the Land

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

What a cool look into what early EDM was like!

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Mon Apr 18 2022
5

This one is going to be in high rotation for workout music for me for a while. I love the energy. The music is full of surprises too. Every song is a marathon dance jam with twists and turns and layers of details in the mix. Amazing production. I love how they use sound effects in the music. There’s breaking glass in “Break & Enter,” a pitch-corrected voice that sounds like a dying cat in “Their Law,” and race cars and car alarms in “Speedway.” The album has an eclectic mix of dance/techno styles and a lot of different vocal samples that make it a great, varied front-to-back listen. Even some more upbeat stuff (that flute melody in “3 Kilos” is great!). I wasn’t familiar with this beforehand but it definitely feels like a classic of the genre.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

I listened to this album a lot in college. This took me back and I enjoyed it.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

I was in my only-metal phase when this first came out so I recoiled from it at the time, but grew to love it not too many years later. Some absolute bangers on here! Fave track - whilst I appreciate the bangers, this album won me over with the final three trancey/ambienty tracks "3 Kilos -> Skylined -> Claustrophobic Sting" 😍

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Interesting to play this so close to the moby album as the prodigy certainly made dance music popular and brought the undergroundelement to the mainstream. What can I say this album came at a time when I needed it. I remeber marching against the cjd bill in Bristol with their law blasting away. no good to my mind is still to this day one of the finest if not the finest dance tune ever made. its stayed in my head for ever. All the songs had something Mobys didn't and that was attitude

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Great album. A little high energy for me, but loved it. Excellent work of punk electronica

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

I have The Prodigy’s debut album and liked it back in the 90s, but it has been over 20 years since I have listened to them. I’m not sure how hard-edged rave is going to go over with me today. ……………………………….. Thankfully, quite well. Apocalyptic rave music is a perfect soundtrack to the world today. I really loved this album! Rave on!

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

A fun endless dance party to accompany my boring workday. Very nice!

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

I would not have guessed it from the cover, but this album suited me well! The driving beats like this are great accompaniment, especially when I am trying to keep myself motivated and on task with work or chores (of which I was doing a bit of both today). A keeper!

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

This album is the perfect bridge between Experience and Fat of the Land. I first saw The Prodigy live around the time of Experience. That was full on rave, whistles, fluoro, lots of white. This album was much darker, more experimental and angry. Set against the background of the criminal justice bill (later act) and the crackdown on rave culture, this was clearly a political album in many ways. Being in my last years of secondary education, this album was perfectly timed to be the background of many hours of gaming. No Good, One Love, Poison, Their Law. All really strong tracks. Not as commercial as Fat of the Land but hugely influential.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

Wauw! Back to the 90s met dit album dat ik letterlijk grijs gedraaid heb in mijn "jeugd! Ongelooflijk als bijna alle nummers op een album geweldig zijn! *****

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Sat Nov 12 2022
5

MY MIND IS GLOWING I had this on fairly heavy rotation when I was a teenager, but it has been years since I listened to it in full. I expected it to have aged worse than it has though, it's still fantastic! A truly groundbreaking album in electronic music, and music in general. Some of the songs may be a bit too lengthy and repetitive for some listeners, but overall I think this is a big improvement on their first album, and still stands as one of the best albums of the 90s. The only songs on here I don't enjoy as much are "The Heat" and "One Love", I don't hate them though.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

I was a big fan of this album back in the 90s, and today it still sounds awesome. The first few tracks may seem a bit slow and repetitive, but it builds up to the first real high with Full Trottle. This continues with until Heat, where we take a bit of a breather, but halfway that song things blow up again and after One Love we enter the 'narcotic suite', the three tracks that finish off the album. My mind is glowing.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
5

The last Prodigy album that's ace from start to finish. My CD copy of this always used to skip like buggery at the 3 song suite at the end, it's nice to listen to it without having to regularly get up and batter the hi fi.

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Sun Dec 04 2022
5

Classic album of my misspent youth😁

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Wed Dec 07 2022
5

Very good. I love this band, but this album is not as good as The Fat of the Land.

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Thu Dec 22 2022
5

sonzao eletrônico muito massa, melodias ricas

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Fri Dec 23 2022
5

Incredible energy, proper banger

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Wed Jan 04 2023
5

EPIC HARDCORE STUFF MAGIC PEOPLE MAGIC PEOPLE VOODOO PEOPLE VOODOO PEOPLE LIAM HAWLETT MAXIM REALITY THIS IS IT MOVE IT BOUNCE IT POW POW LET'S GO TRANCE RAVE TECHNO BEAT FEEL IT EVERYBODY BREAK THE FLOOR

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Fri Jan 27 2023
5

Impressed at how well this stands up. It was a staple album as a teenager, way more important to me than Fat of the Land...it hit as I started drinking and hanging out and was a bit of a soundtrack to both getting ready and hangovers. Listening today It still sounded fresh, intense and vital.

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Fri Feb 03 2023
5

IS THE BEST ALBUM OF THE WORLD

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Mon Feb 13 2023
5

An impressive feat of a rave album that can be listened to and enjoyed outside the club

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Tue Mar 07 2023
5

I listened to this album thousands of times in college, so it's hard to be objective. Obviously a classic.

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Tue Mar 07 2023
5

Amazing mix between synth and guitars, powerful music , great for workout!

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Tue Mar 07 2023
5

Beastly album! Sounds a lot cleaner than I remember it.

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Wed Mar 08 2023
5

Not even the best Prodigy album (it's actually a decline from their debut, though admittedly a decline that starts with three five star albums), but darker than Experience, with both the anti rave Criminal Justice Act (as ever, Eff the Tories) and darker, RZA style production radicalising their sound. You can't argue with an album that has Their Law, Voodoo People, No Good AND Poison. Have a pinger, whip your shirt off, and enjoy.

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Sun Apr 02 2023
5

Excellent album. Punchy, unique, strong, thrusting. You will always always have a smile on your face to this. Excellent UK race with punk, metal, D&B, jungle elements. What a mix.

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Wed Apr 05 2023
5

A+ 90s techno, feel like the coolest hacker listening to it while working

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Sat Apr 22 2023
5

The anger felt by the Criminal Justice Act of '94 making it basically illegal to dance is amplified through this album. The band, once interesting but throwaway had transformed into a beast from hell. Rave beats mixed with punk riffs. I got to see a few shows they played around this time and they still stand as some of the most exciting live acts

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