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You've Come a Long Way Baby

Fatboy Slim

1998

You've Come a Long Way Baby

Album Summary

You've Come a Long Way, Baby is the second studio album by Fatboy Slim, a project of English electronic music producer Norman Cook. It was first released on 19 October 1998 in the United Kingdom by Skint Records and a day later in the United States by Astralwerks. Cook recorded and produced the album at his home studio in Brighton, known as the House of Love, using an Atari ST computer, Creator software, and floppy disks. The photo on the album cover was originally taken at the 1983 Fat Peoples Festival in Danville, Virginia; for the North American release, the album cover was changed to an image of shelves stacked with records. You've Come a Long Way, Baby proved to be Cook's global breakthrough album, peaking at number one on the UK Albums Chart and number 34 on the US Billboard 200. Praised by critics for its sound and style, the album brought international attention to Cook, earning him a Brit Award in 1999, and was later certified four times platinum by the BPI and platinum by the RIAA. Four singles were released from the album: "The Rockafeller Skank", "Gangster Tripping", "Praise You", and "Right Here, Right Now", all of which peaked within the top ten on the UK Singles Chart. "Build It Up – Tear It Down" was also released as a promotional single.

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Rating

3.4

Votes

5269

Genres

  • Electronica
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Fri Oct 23 2020
2

Sounded like sitting through an hour long Toyota Aygo advert.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
1

Sounds like a GTA radio station if they couldn’t get the rights to anything good. Favorite track: “Gangster Trippin”

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Tue May 18 2021
4

This man is pretty fuckin' creative! I don't usually go in for electronic music, but the blend of real instruments and truly interesting sound effects and beats is pretty fun to hear. Incredible bangers on this album.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

Oh man I forgot how much I loved The Rockafeller Skank when it came out. Really feelin it still. OH SHIT I never heard that last 2 minutes, that wasn't on the radio! I am remembering that my mom did not let me get this cd because of the parental advisory, which I understand now after hearing "In Heaven." Some of these songs are kind of stupid, but they are all fun. I really liked "Praise You" back in the day as well.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

This was rad to play tetris to.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

(I listened to the original album, not the anniversary edition). Good start, Right Here Right Now is a ridiculous classic. 5 star track. Same goes for the 2nd track, Rockerfeller Skank. Ridiculous. 😂. Gangster Tripping a classic too. And Praise You is such a classic. Absolutely frothing 😂 there doesn't seem any way that you wouldn't give this album 5 stars.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Surprised by how good this was outside of the couple I already knew!

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Great for progressive load trainer rides.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

I remember when this came out it was like a new drug had been introduced. People reacted differently to it of course, but many, myself included, found it very addictive. Such a punchy, high-contrast sound. Expert layering/structuring of samples that keeps the fun and excitement up throughout.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

This album felt like a natural evolution of Homework by Daft Punk. It was still repetitive, catchy electronica but kept it fresher than Homework, in my opinion. Overall, sounded good the whole way though while still having quite a few standouts, with acid 8000 sounding like a Daft Punk song. Also the original album cover is way cooler than the American version. Fav songs: The Rockafeller Skank, Soul Surfing, Love Island

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Sat May 14 2022
4

Who'd have thought we all be sat here in 2022 listening to Fatboy Slim and actually enjoying it? We have come a long way, but also we've barely moved at all, baby. I did enjoy him at Glastonbury 2019 too, but there may have been other reasons for that. Get me to Ayia Napa.

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Sat May 14 2022
4

What a fat fuck that kid on the cover is. Grotesque, obese, ugly motherfucker. Can you imagine giving birth to such a beast? His mother must feel physically and mentally ill.

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Sun Mar 27 2022
3

Incredibly repetitive. Incredibly repetitive. Incredibly repetitive. Incredibly rep rep repetitive. Incredibly repetitive. Incredibly rep repetitive.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

solid music of the genre, but a genre I only want to listen to 1-2 songs from.

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Sat May 14 2022
3

just was not feeling this today. its good but a full album was a bit much.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
2

Apparently, John Terry was one of the co-writers on Rockafeller Skank. I plan on doing no further research to disabuse myself of the idea that this means the former Chelsea F.C. captain. While he had his ups and downs off the pitch, his career on it was first rate and remarkably consistent. Unlike this.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
1

Couldn't bear to finish it. Had mild hope for You're Note From Brighton because the name is silly, but no. I imagine overdosing on a stimulant is a lot like listening to this album

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

And on the day that daft punk breaks up

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Tue Mar 30 2021
5

Even when I was a touch zoned put, I was still bobbing my head along. This is a great album.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
5

So much love for this record. Just awesome.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

Drags a little bit but its a stone cold classic.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

4.5* way better than i expected and really got me moving

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Tue Apr 13 2021
5

Ai että, tätä levyä on tullut fiilisteltyä aikoinaan ja paljon. Kotona ei näkynyt aikanaan MTV, mutta eräällä kaverilla kyllä ja muistaakseni myös jollain etelänmatkalla hotellihuoneen telkkarissa pyörivät Rockafeller Skankin ja Beastie Boysin Intergalacticin musavideot solkenaan. Muutamaa vuotta myöhemmin tämä lätty oli minulla kopsattuna MiniDiscille ja kovassa kuuntelussa. Ainakin parin kuuntelukerran perusteella lätty on kestänyt hyvin aikaa ja tykkäsin edelleen. Ei kai tälle voi vitosta pienempää arvosanaa antaa?

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Sun May 30 2021
5

Banger, front to back.

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Senior year. Loving EDM before I knew what EDM really was...

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Wed May 19 2021
5

I dont know why but I liked almost every second of it.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
5

Ace! Made me want to jump up and dance.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
5

Near perfect, sound of my yoof

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Thu Sep 02 2021
5

Great album with lots of bangers on it. Front to back very cohesive record!

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Mon Sep 13 2021
5

Bangerz!! Only really knew the hits, but man are they absolute choons. Enjoyed the rest of the album too. Makes me really miss festivals and gigs!

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

A balmy foist of fun and unexpected beats was unleashed to the world in 1998. A beauty

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Wed Oct 20 2021
5

Breakbeat sampling is what I love about the late 90s.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
5

Right Here Right Now

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Sun Nov 07 2021
5

Música electrónica (big beat). Me ha gustado.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Bangers all throughout. Gets you hyped wherever you are

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

The undisputed Big Beat king and the epitome of bedroom production. Impossible to not dance to it. Too many classics to name.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

I know it shouldn't have 5 stars but when I enjoyed it that much what exactly are 5 stars for?

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

What a nice baby

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Sat Mar 26 2022
5

10/10, great feel-good vibes also super impressive for 1990

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Mon Mar 28 2022
5

Iconic album!

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

Literally impossible for me to be objective about this one, due to my fatboy slim tattoo and all. I haven't listened to this album in a hot minute though. I know it's very loopy and very repetitive. It's still a JAM. Love Island + Acid 8000 is one hell of a finale.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

Absolute banger. A classic electro lofi triptastic dance monster.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

I've just loved fatbot slim for so long. I used to get pumped on the bus to speech and debate tournaments on songs from this very album. so. uh. let's fucking go.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

Definitely makes me want to boogie! Good in small doses, can be a bit on the noise side for my taste

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Wed May 04 2022
5

I find EDM repetitive and boring. NOT THIS! Just when it's in danger of becoming boring, he wanders off into something knew. It's a lot of fun, some of those odd, mangled vocals remind me of naughty boys playing with words and fart sounds. It's when he segues into those big beats that he shows his mastery. This is so far above anything in this genre, except maybe Daft Punk.

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Mon May 09 2022
5

En ihmettele et löytyy listalta. Muistot palasi nuoruusvuosiin ja ihan yhtä täysii maistui

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Tue May 17 2022
5

GASA! Le prime due sono due bombe. L'ascolto in metropolitana è consigliato. Love island non la conoscevo ed è un altro capolavoro oltre 'Praise You'

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Tue May 31 2022
5

I’ve heard several of the songs before and liked them very much. This is the first time I have heard the entire album. I liked everything on it from beginning to end. Really fun and catchy! In the Wikipedia page for this album it mentioned that this was created on an Atari ST computer using floppy disks. That’s pretty freaking amazing since this was released well after that computer was discontinued. I love this album even more given it’s classic computer roots!

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Tue May 31 2022
5

Super fun. I danced all day.

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Tue May 31 2022
5

I love this album! I have, do, and will listen often! It is perfect for the soundtrack to cleaning the house, cooking dinner, or getting your groove on. I mean, if this don’t make your booty move…

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Tue May 31 2022
5

I bought this CD when it came out, and it was definitely a favorite. Electronic music can be pretty dull in its repetitiveness, but this is special. There's something always exciting happening in the music and the repetition is actually pretty groovy here. It was so good to hear the whole thing again, it'd been a long while.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

I was pleasantly surprised, by how much i enjoyed this album. Usually not my kind of music, i ended up nodding my head the whole time.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

23/06 5/5 I've known a few of these songs a long long time ago, and listening to them again made me realize how good those songs are, as well as the entire album. Every song is just a banger and the mix of instrumentals and electronic music sounded so good. I loved this album a lot.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

Loved it back then - still love it now. Such great anthems, and good fun from start to end.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

EDM

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

Such a banger of an album. Ever track is a total banger and it's sounds as fresh as ever.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

This album got me pumped and reminded me how fun it was to be a twenty-something in the 90s. I was a college kid at UT Austin, and the city was still very weird at the time. I remember clubbing & going to raves...so many weirdos, gays & club kids...so much Fatboy Slim, The Prodigy, and Daft Punk. A solid 5 stars for this album.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

Love this album.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
5

The absolute genius of Fatboy Slim *chefs kiss*. What a seminal album with some amazing heavy-hitting all time bangers. I was relatively young when this record came out, but all of the singles released were EVERYWHERE, and inescapable. I'd argue that there wasn't a kid in the playground that hadn't at least heard of them - it was all over TV ads and throughout the radio. The Big Beat genre is a perfect mix of electronica, heavy drums, loops and impeccable use of sampling, and Fatboy Slim is one of its masters. Best: Right Here Right Now; Rockafeller Stank; Praise You Worst: Fucking in Heaven

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Gives you all the fatbot slim energy and fun you need in life. Right here and right now!

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

It's just great fun. Big beat may remain my favourite dance subgenre. A mix of hip hop, electro and house that is all about being big, dumb and funky. I mean, the opening four tracks do it all save for giving you a mitsi and the next three days off work. It's almost saddening that 25 years ago, you had Fatboy, Daft Punk, Propellerheads, Faithless and Basement Jaxx all coming up. Now you have Calvin Harris, Diplo and various interchangeable north Europeans who have cornered mainstream dance all spoonfeeding you the warm sick of late 80s/early 90s revivalism (feat. Flo Rida). It could have gone so much better.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

I bought this CD when it was released and I still have it. I must have played it non-stop back in the day cause I can still sing along word for word. Love it.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

Amazing dance album. This one has always been in my library for a long time. The hits are great but nearly every song on here is a standout to me. Very catchy and fun vibes. Standout Tracks: Right Here Right Now, The Rockafeller Skank, Gangster Trippin', Soul Surfing, Praise You, Love Island

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Sat Oct 29 2022
5

Yes, yes, yes, hell yes. Finally some EDM. I already knew several songs from this album as my brother had this CD growing up, and I know I covertly borrowed it at least once. Forgot all about The Rockefeller Skank so that was a fun surprise.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

We're Gonna party like it is 1998. An album that just has fun is often all you need

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

I didn't knew what to expect from this album, but it is really great. It has a lot of "experimental" sounds that are really good for all the songs. However the middle of the album is very similar, so it could became boring, but even that doesn't mean that all the album is boring. It needs that "something" to be better, but in general is very good

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Thu Sep 24 2020
4

Good tunes.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Check it out now, the funk soul brotha.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Recognized a lot of these songs. Would listen again

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

Big beats and big boys. Liked more than I thought I would

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Could use a party right about now...

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Very nostalgic album for me. Good to listen to in full. I may come back to it at some point.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

"The Rockafeller Skank" and "Praise You" were the two songs I knew. I heard "Praise You" recently on the radio and didn't know it was FBS and thought it was a new artist, so I think a lot of this has aged well. I especially like the stutter-vocals on Praise You that keeps going for a long time, a technique I am surprised to not hear more often in music honestly. There is a playfulness in the tracks that I really appreciate, it's just fun music but also the breakbeats and DJ-style mixing adds a depth to it. There are some somewhat cheesy 90s sounding acid-techno style squelching synths that feel a bit dated, but this was the 90s. The deluxe edition is a bit too long though, I'd cut it down in half personally. But, that original length album exists, so that's the one I'd listen to as a first time listener. Still really hard for me to rate. It's a 3.5 in terms of enjoyment, but I will round up to 4.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Fatboy slim is so fun. RHRN, Rockafeller Skank, Gangster Tripin, Praise You, etc.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

Just really good electro-dancepop that is chock full of earworms and bangers. If I would consider the transcendent music videos, if give it another star.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Spent a lot of time with this one many years ago. Love the energy

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

Bon album techno j’aivraiment aime hehe 4.25*

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Sun Feb 07 2021
4

Real dancey upbeat bops, while the middle blends together a bit the high points outweigh the lows

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Always liked this album, but the Chemical Brother's Dig Your Own Hole is probably my fave big beat album from the late 90's.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Nice!

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Funky music, meh lyrics. Ultra Funky and Ultra meh.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

Very good, great flow. Songs were a bit long, but all bangers. Obvi faves were the hits, but You're not from Brighton was a happy surprise :)

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

A classic. I love The Rockafeller Skank, Gangster Trippin, and Soul Surfing. I wouldn't just listen to the album probably, but it's great party music.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

Classic Norman

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

Een 4, maar met de kanttekening dat er ook wat mindere goden op deze plaat staan. Maar over all is dit natuurlijk fijn.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

Ik werd hier wel weer vrolijk van, om deze weer eens helemaal gedraaid te hebben. Erg aanstekelijk en catchy nummers.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

Voor het eerst eens helemaal en op koptelefoon geluisterd. Wat een geweldenaar! Nothing but hits en supercatchy.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

Jaaa, coole plaat!

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

Pelkästään Right Here Right Now'sta ja Rockafeller Skankin nostamista fiiliksistä voisi Pläskipoika Hoikkikselle antaa vitosen. Rockafeller Skank on syöpynyt jonnekin syvälle, koska se oli pleikkarilla FIFA99:n introssa... Right about now, the funk soul brother, check it out now, .... Loppulevyä en Praise You biisiä lukuunottamatta ollut kuullut, eikä levyn muut biisit nyt mitään erityisen sykähdyttäviä olleet. Tai sitten en vaan päässyt yli tymäkän alun nostamasta fiiliksestä. Kuitenkin pelkästään juuri tästä levyn aloituksen ansiosta hyvällä omalla tunnolla perusvahva nelonen (5,8%).

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Sat Mar 27 2021
4

Unreal

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Big beats are the best beats. Get high all the time. Best Tracks: Right Here Right Now, Rockafeller Skank, Praise You

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

Super fun stuff. Could have been a 5, but a little bit of bloat just holds it back.

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Sun May 02 2021
4

Massive break beats, very accessible electronic music fused with soul and funk, mostly. Great running soundtracks.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

Great album. Still makes your feet wanna move. One star off for 'Fucking In Heaven'. That one is annoying.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Qué disco más guapo de electrónica. Praise You me la pongo en bucle, pero además tiene las icónicas Right Here Right Now y Rockafeller Skank. Un gustazo.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

Ground-smashing.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

"Right Here, Right Now" is good, I like the violins they incorporated. Hey I know "The Rockafeller Skank" "In Heaven" has a good beat, but not in love with the lyrics. "Ganster Trippin" has a good beat. Not much to the lyrics. I'm finding the album has good beats but no substance to the lyrics. "Build It Up, Tear It Down" is good to work to. "Kalifornia" is a bop. "Soul Surfing" hey, some lyrics! Sort of. "You're Not From Brighton" I was bopping but didn't listen cuz work. "Praise You" hey I know this one too! "Love Island" is the only one that doesn't really seem to fit with the rest. "Acid 8000" ok this one doesn't fit quite with the rest either but I like the techno. Overall I like the album. It doesn't have much in the way of lyrics but it's easy to work to.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

A really good album some great songs on the album contains songs that I would listen to again and again 4/5

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Fri May 21 2021
4

wow

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Pretty good, I did enjoy it a lot but to me in some ways it hadn't aged well. Still a few bangers though.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Never listened to an electronic album before, so I was skeptical but became pleasantly surprised. Each song is long, and you'd think it would be repetitive, but there's enough variation to keep you interested. The best example is The Rockafeller Skank which is just a single line repeated over 7 minutes, but Fatboy Slim's experimental movements are almost classical. With the exception of "Praise You", I did feel the second side was weaker in the first, but you can tell Fatboy Slim is having fun.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

I know what Fatboy Slim is!

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

kind of cool to listen to it with headphones. I feel like it changes the experience to a more active one.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

Was one of my favourite albums growing up, and whilst it has lost some of its edge for me, and I can see maybe some flaws that I didn't when younger, I still think it has great energy and gets me wanting to dance and have fun.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

That cover photo is taken from Fat Peoples Festival, in Danville 1983, and the guy is still not identified. But was there ever a festival like that? Rabbit hole warning! https://www.reddit.com/r/nonmurdermysteries/comments/lw1wlj/the_identity_of_the_man_on_fatboy_slims_album/ And the the songs are great too! Best: Rockafeller Skank, Gangster Trippin, Praise You.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

Took me back….

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

When FBS spun the first 2 tracks of this LP at the Olympic Games closing ceremony in London, I got a better idea of how popular and influential he was/is. His ability to construct catchy, surfy tracks using obscure samples is amazing. He still enjoys assaulting your ears a little too much with noise and repetition for my liking, otherwise it would be a 5 for me – that and the fact that the original of Praise You is superior to his bland remix. My CD had the record library cover but I love this original (UK) album cover from the fat people’s festival – the cigarette is a nice touch!

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

This is better than the last FBS album. The question is whether it's enough to get it a higher rating. I think it is and I also like the cover. 

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Super fun!

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

All bangers

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

Dope beatz

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Good stuff. My only criticism is that the tracks are each just a little too long, but that's pretty minor and probably just a side effect of the genre

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

Honestly, this album was more consistently good than I thought it was going to be. It's got a distinctive style, but manages to pack a lot of different moods into the album 4/5

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

90's Big Beat what's not to like about this Album, the mixture of humour and serious point making continues to make this relevant 23 years later. But the reality is you can't separate the music from the videos really. "Rockafella Skank" and "Praise You" are stand outs for me. Just love his inventiveness and his cheeky British lad like humour. "Right Here, Right Now" rightfully a classic in it's own right. Good Stuff all round.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

Bijzonder rap genre. goed gedaan en ik kan het waarderen maar niet zoveel als eerst.

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Sun Nov 14 2021
4

Difficult to rate as I loved this album when it came out, listening to it now it's everything I hate about mainstream dance, but it does have some genuinely great hooks in there. could give it any score based on how I feel that day. 4 seems generous but fair

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Sat Nov 20 2021
4

Not my normal music but pleasantly surprised.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

shockingly good the middle gets slow but there are a lot of bangers to go around 4.5

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

4/5

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Good memories

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Such a throwback!

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

4.5

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Here we go. This is a formative album for me. It's of the few albums that managed to cut across the divide at school between all the dullard "real music" britpop bores, and the super cool kids like me listening to electronic music. It drips with pop appeal but manages to keep a pretty cool edge. Album opener Right Here Right Now, sampling the wonderful Angela Bassett from the film Strange Days is an absolute powerhouse of a tune. Big lush and emotive. I remember being blown away hearing this on a mixtape for the first time. It doesn't quite tingle the spine as much today but it's a fine track. Rockafella Skank is amazing, it epitomises the bright and breezy pop appeal of the album. In a sea of po faced indy wankers it's not hard to see why tracks like this stood out. Fucking In Heaven at first glance feels like a bit of filler but I ended up loving the funky breaks thing going on here. It stands up better than some of the more overt big beat tracks like Build it Up Tear It Down. Big beat was a light that burned so very bright but for a very short period of time, so sounds very much of they're time. Gangster Tripping sandwiched between those two is another that was hammered on the radio. This really is a rare album for me. One that I both hold in fond regard personally and one where many of the singles were widely popular. You'd hear this wafting out of car windows, playing in shops or whatever. Kinda makes me wish I enjoyed more popular music. Or at least that the music I like was more popular. Anyway, as we get into the second half of the album there's still plenty to enjoy. Kalifornia is another nice breakbeat number, bringing in daftpunkesque vocoder type voice. I don't remember the breaks tracks being as strong as this. Soul Surfing was always a favourite, he used to chop this into his DJ sets, possibly works better as a DJ tool than an album track, but meh, it's still fun. But the time we get to You're Not From Brighton though it's feeling like it needs a bit of a change up. Which happily is delivered with the album's most successful single, the (amongst others) Camille Yarbrough sampling Praise You. Fatboy Slim always seems to work best when things seem at their most simple. Catchy vocal sample, breakbeat, bang. He's got a tremendous ear for it, as seen with his ace renegade master. Love Island brings a bit of of an urgency, with some driving beats as we get to the end of the album. This is more club gear really but it still fits pretty nicely here. Acid 8000 brings things to a bit bombastic squelchy end. These are not the cross over tracks, but they show off Cook's club chops. He could still get the cooler dancefloors jamming .I saw him play Back2Basics a few years after this and it was absolutely mega. He probably gets a bit of stick for being the first pop crossover DJ, but he's done it better than most.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

No one has made better electronic music that it's actually listenable and enjoyable, not only at rave parties so much as anywhere else, than Fatboy Slim. And this album alone, it's just a pure gem in the uplifting 90's music.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

Really cool!

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Sat Dec 25 2021
4

I love this album. Still so cool!

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Pretty damn good even outside of the classics.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

A solid album although starting to sound a little bit dated.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Fun

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

4.5

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Liked it!

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

why try harder?

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Classic, great rhythms and beats. I think this album contains 3 of my favorite songs.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

Great album that highlights the rising digital creative scene.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

I didn’t really care for this type of music as a teen when it released but upon release as an adult, I really enjoyed a number of tracks.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

Maximum 90s

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Iconic! Remember dancing around to this back in the day. Saw him live at Latitude a few years agonand he was smokin’ hot! Love it!

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

the nostalgia is strong with this one

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

Very cool. I liked his work before but had never heard a full album.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
4

I knew going into this record that I would enjoy it, but a closer listen didn't disappoint. It depends on looped samples to a fault, but the seams, especially those in the vocal lines, end up as tasty imperfections. The sides are reasonably distinct: A has the hits and the self-reference, B a couple deeper cuts and a melodic surprise at the end, C brings the drums over melody as such, and D takes a beautiful left turn. One has to be prepared for repetition in form, but it rides on strength of execution.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

Fun album.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

nostalgiaaaaaa

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

More guitars than I'd have assumed. Fun album, especially the last track.

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Sat Mar 19 2022
4

great tunes. takes me back

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

Probably really a 3* album (although there are a handful of great tracks, to be fair) but I listened to this so much as a kid that the nostalgia trip it provided boosted the overall listening experience.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

The production was great on this, the drums, the timing. I like how he changes tempo so suddenly and it still works, goes half time, double time. The craziest part about this album was that it felt like it could've just been released, it must have been way ahead of its time. I hear this album's influence in a lot of EDM artists (Skrillex, Don Diablo, Griz, Bassnectar). Favorite songs - Rockefeller Skank, Gangster Trippin, Build it up Tear it Down, You're Not From Brighton

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

i like the idea of this album

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Lots of bops and different-ish vibes from the songs.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

fy vad bra och fortfarande fräscht 20 år senare

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

Bangers

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Sun Apr 24 2022
4

Well, this is something of a classic - there are some brilliant singles on here and of course, an all time favourite album track, Love Island. There's not really a lot to say about this, except it was great when everybody started getting into Fatboy because I'd been a big beat enthusiast since I bought a weird grey covered Skint record with a name I could barely read and thought it just said FATBOD SLIM... you have indeed, come a long way baby.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

They had such a distinct sound. It's really surprising that they caught on, but they were smart enough to know it would. Their samples are iconic, and most importantly, they know what they are and offer no pretense. HIp-Hop can be heavily hyperbolized and degrading, but they are able to be mostly real, innovative, and take aim on interesting subjects...like Bill Laimbeer. I think Sabotage is the perfect example of what they are. It's a great track, produced perfectly and timeless. This album is way better than I expected it to be.

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Mon May 09 2022
4

LE-GEN-DA-RY! You may not know who they are, but you definitely heard the songs

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Sat May 14 2022
4

Strong enough to really compete in a Eurovision semi final. Probably.

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Sun May 15 2022
4

Surprised by how many songs I knew, seems to have been everywhere even more than I noticed at the time. Gangster Trippin is still my favourite, but the album as a whole is so good, and so consistent, that it works best as a piece.

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Wed May 18 2022
4

Cool sound.

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Mon May 23 2022
4

This was a fun album. I had heard several songs from the record, but didn't realize they were Fatboy Slim. I'm down for it!

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Mon May 23 2022
4

A stone-cold classic in its way, not all to my liking, but there are some truly seminal musical moments on this album.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

It starts off well, but the tracks become very samey.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

What an album this was! One of the hottest to come out that era, packing the energy of a few atom bombs. I still remember the sheer joy of playing FIFA 99 just so I could listen to Rockafeller Skank again and again (the game was great, too; it was the era before loot boxes took over). Add Right Here Right Now and Praise You into the mix, and you have an armada of smash hits with great videos to match. There are too many fillers in the album, and it has dated by now, but it's still good.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

Best Song: Praise You. Even though this is one of the three big songs I'd heard before, the vocal sample here is just too good, and used too effectively, for it not to be the number one. Worst Song: In Heaven. You can just tell that the artist thought that the vocal sample was cooler and edgier than it actually is. Overall: One thing that I found Fatboy Slim is the master of on this album is holding things - notes, patterns, looping samples - longer than I feel many artists have the courage to hold things. The effect is that often, for these extended repeated sequences, I found myself going through this entire trajectory of liking whatever new sound he introduced, growing tired of it and wishing it would end, but then pushing through to some point where it felt like it had wormed itself fully into my brain. I know this idea obviously isn't unique among electronic artists, but I think that Fatboy Slim does it tremendously here.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

This album was such a guilty pleasure for me when I was a kid. All of my friends were into heavy metal as was I, but I would listen to these tracks and love them in secret. (side note - guilty pleasures - what a silly thing). It's a great album. Only listening now do I find that this album has some tracks that are very videogame soundtrack-y.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

Yesss! I had some kind of EP (or home made ripped CD) of theirs with "Right Here Right Now", "Rockafellar Skank" and "Praise You" on it, so that was really my first taste of more modern electronic music and I dug it! Reading the Wiki, it looks like a lot of tracks have "Sample credits", which I am slowly learning is common among the genre. I used to be like "just make your own shit", but now I think I'm starting to get it.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

Man, “The Rockafeller Skank” takes me back to childhood. So good. I’m very happy to know there’s a whole album of that energy. This is a really fun album with an abundance of personality. Other highlights: “Gangster Trippin,” “Soul Surfing,” “You’re Not From Brighton,” “Praise You,” “Love Island” (wow, the bass on that one!)

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

What else can I add? Yeh feels a little dated now. But yeh, if you know, you know.

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Sat Jul 09 2022
4

It's not particularly original, just better produced than his previous album. (7/10) FT: Praise You, Love Island

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Sun Jul 10 2022
4

some good early 2000s house and uk techno whatever the hell. not bad and has some bangers, also some really cool ideas

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

Absolutely loved it and got me hyped for seeing FS next week in Brighton

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Sat Jul 16 2022
4

I had forgotten how much I liked this album considering my copy was stolen 15+ years ago.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
4

Wall to wall bangers

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Tue Aug 09 2022
4

Derry girls made me add on two stars

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

Cool Beats, ahead of its time.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Very enjoyable. An exercise in repetition, and how that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

me re divertí kjj creo q es el q más me gustó hasta ahora aaa. 8.5/10

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Great album. Takes me back to college

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Inte hört hela plattan förut men den är verkligen späckad med hits.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Some really annoying bits in here like the high pitched whine towards the middle of Rockafeller Skank and the repetitive lyrics of In Heaven but the rest is so good.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

It grooves. Fatboy Slim rules. Good album for working or having on as atmospheric while doing something.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Finally, some good music. mieux que le français et le beck combinés

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Klassiker, och före sin tid. Catchy. Varierande kvalitet.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Cool DJ stylings and the enduring hit Rockafeller Skank. Soul Surfing is good. This is a great get shit done album. Praise You is also a great track. Acid 8000 is pioneering.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Dejando de lado la nostalgia de las mejores épocas de MTv, este es un gran gran disco que siento que de muchas formas es el ejemplo de como la electrónica pasó de algo oscuro (en el caso del techno) o exclusivo de la pista de baile (en el caso de todas las variantes de dance) a algo que se puede oír en cualquier momento y por puro gusto. De hecho es una de las muy muy contadas experiencias que tengo de ver electrónica en vivo y fue una chulada. De todos modos, sigue sin ser mi género y a ratos me cansa y siento que hay muchas canciones que podrían cortarse en un 30% si cortáramos algunos loops. 3.5 que sube a 4 porque es viernes y me puso de buenas.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Directo en la nostalgia, aunque con menos impacto que otros porque la música electrónica tampoco es mi favorita. Obviamente sobresale Rockafeller Skank pero también Right Here Right Now, Praise You y Gangster Trippin. El resto están bien aunque un disco completo de una hora de un solo golpe rebasa un poco mis límites con el género. Sólido 4.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

Blast of nostalgia … high school baby! The hits are big big and the others are … fine. Fun listen

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

Cool sampling, sounds like a mix of homemade samples and things found in other songs The album has a unique sound, created by the many repetitions in both the beat and the harmonic structure, the lyrics, witch there are few of, are simple and recognisable soundbites It is easy to find the sound from this album in pop created after this album (maybe not because of this album tho) The placement of 'praise you' is perfect, the track is deferent enough to give a well needed break

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Leuk om nummers van deze guy op whosampled.com te bekijken

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Great album. Good tunes for a party/night out etc. A lot of hits on this. Enjoyed most of it.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
4

favourite song: rockefeller skank very good album however maybe a bit too long

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Pretty fun

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

3.75 out of 5. Norman's smashing it

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Some absolute bangers. Solid 3.5/5

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Not bad, but a bit too repetitive for my liking

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Sat Oct 22 2022
4

Great 90s music

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

83/100

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

Fatboy Slim is part of the soundtrack of my high school life, particularly “Praise You” and “Rockefeller Skank”. But as much love as I have for those songs (and later hits like “Weapon of Choice”) it never occurred to me to listen to the whole album? Bless streaming sites. On the topic of YCALWB, I loved every minute of it. The repetitiveness of the whole thing makes it super easy to have on the background while working, but then I pay attention and it makes me smile. Gotta take a look at all the other FBS albums I missed.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

This is not for casual listening or the concert goers... this is dance club / festival music to get people moving around. It typically criticize tunes for having canned beats but tjis is where they belong. Norman Quentin Cook aka Fatboy Slim is a genius electronica dance club DJ and producer. The songs are long but the constant sense of ADHD due to constant introduction of new content while keeping a thread of repeation that would drive you nuts if not distrated by the crowd if out of control dancers. I only counted 102 times the word "f**k!ng" was used in the song "In Heaven"... repeation to the level of uncomfortable but exactly as intended. This is template for anyone wanting to produce dance music... keep them on the floor.

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Sat Nov 26 2022
4

I enjoyed this album. It is classified as bigbeat and the influence of earlier beat driven electronica (like techno or acid house) can be heard. This album fit comfortably into the background, but moments throughout fully captures my attention. Simply put this album has a very infectious groove.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

This was what cool sounded like in the 90s. I can see how if you weren't there you'd think this was lame. But I was there and I think it's awesome.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

This would make me want to riot in a Woodstock 99 airplane hangar too

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

Almost a 5 I guess

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