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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

3.37

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13671

Genres

  • Electronica

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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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Tue Dec 06 2022
2

This album spans the generations. It managed to annoy me AND a carpool full of middle schoolers.

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Fri Oct 23 2020
2

Sounded like sitting through an hour long Toyota Aygo advert.

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Mon Aug 28 2023
2

Fucking- Fucking- Fucking- Fucking- Fucking- Fucking- Fucking- Fucking- Fucking- Fucking- Annoying

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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 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 Feb 05 2021
4

Great for progressive load trainer rides.

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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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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

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

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

This was rad to play tetris to.

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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 Nov 02 2023
2

I want to like this but I think it's just too repetitive. Gangster Trippin is a forever banger though.

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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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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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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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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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Mon Nov 06 2023
5

This is an utter masterclass in infectious, compelling, completely fun electronic dance-pop. It's no wonder that Norman Cook is also a bass player. There's not much to say here (and that's coming from a guy who wrote 750 words about a Kid Rock album I found to be mediocre). You've Come A Long Way, Baby isn't terribly challenging (apart from the occasionally profuse cursing -- see In Heaven for a high-cadence string of F-bombs) is immediately accessible and never overstays its welcome. I'm not well-educated in this genre of music but this record connects directly to the reward centre of my brain and shuts off the part that knows I can't dance. One of the best things from the 90s.

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Thu Nov 02 2023
1

You know the budget B movie when the protagonist has to enter the dive club to meet a contact. Perfect for that.

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Thu Nov 02 2023
1

Not one song I ever want to hear again.

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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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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

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

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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

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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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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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

Drags a little bit but its a stone cold classic.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

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

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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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Thu Oct 26 2023
2

Not really my type of music but enjoyed Praise You a ton

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Fri Jun 28 2024
1

I owned this. I was so excited to see it on the list. But it’s awful, isn’t it? How did I ever endure it as a kid?

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

And on the day that daft punk breaks up

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Tue Mar 23 2021
5

So much love for this record. Just awesome.

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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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Wed May 19 2021
5

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

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Sun Jun 23 2024
5

Definitive. This, to me, is what big beat should sound like, in sampling, production, tempo, tone, energy—everything. Even in length, as much as I don't think everything needed to be 5+ minutes. If there's anymore big beat albums on this list, I doubt I'll like them as much as I do this. I mean, you name me another album with "Fucking In Heaven"—y'can't.

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Sat May 14 2022
4

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

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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 Apr 07 2024
4

I think in a parallel universe this might be my favourite record. However, in this one it gets a four.

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Tue Jun 25 2024
4

Not a fan of the Heaven song but the rest are pretty good, if sometimes repetitive.

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Tue Dec 06 2022
3

I’ve come a long long way since the time in my early college days when I found Fatboy Slim tolerable, or even enjoyable. And yet, I kind of dug this. Parts of it at least. Not just some songs but not others. Rather parts of songs. And not other parts of those same songs. To some extent, “Right Here, Right Now,” “Rockefeller Skank,” and “Praise You” all deserve the hype and airplay they got. But each is also a little too repetitive, wait a bit too long for the break, or promptly return right back to the repetition. I heard DJs use these songs, though, and they’re better when remixed and mixed quickly with other things. And I didn’t know why I knew “Gangster Trippin” until dmo pointed out that it was in the movie “Go,” and that took me back. But really, that says it all about Fatboy Slim - perfect for weird white wanna-be raver kids in search of drugs. Also, “In Heaven” is neither a good song nor something I want to listen to with a car full of middle schoolers.

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Tue Oct 31 2023
3

Would listen to in the background while playing games.

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Sun Apr 28 2024
3

Not a bad listen at all I love this site I get to hear albums I wouldn’t normally gravitate to a solid 3/4

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Tue Jun 25 2024
3

Funky hip hop instrumentals. Very bouncy. They’re nice, and this album is not bad at all, it’s just not my kinda music. Standouts: The Rockafeller Skank and Praise You.

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Tue Jul 16 2024
3

This album is a double-edged sword, bringing a sense of bittersweet nostalgia. On one hand, it was really nice to revisit because I have a strong connection to it on a nostalgic level. The memories of my teenage years, living a carefree life and adapting easily to things, come flooding back. The album has some really cool parts that were enjoyable and fun at the time. However, there’s a flipside. Some tracks feel kind of sloppy, as if Fatboy Slim was still honing his production skills. I noticed this even when it first came out, but I was more accepting back then. Now, if I disconnect from the nostalgia, I find that this album hasn’t aged well. As I’ve grown older and my musical tastes have evolved, the flaws that were once minor annoyances have become stumbling blocks, making it harder to appreciate the album for what it’s meant to be.

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Tue Jul 16 2024
3

Some great tracks but they all start to blend into one. Very repetitive, but somehow still, mostly, enjoyable.

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Thu Jul 18 2024
3

Got me tapping my feet and nodding along

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Sun Jul 21 2024
3

No. 219/1001 Right Here Right Now 4/5 Rockefeller Skank 4/5 Fucking In Heaven 2/5 Gangster Trippin 2/5 Build It Up, Tear It Down 2/5 Kalifornia 2/5 Soul Surfing 3/5 You're Not From Brighton 3/5 Praise You 4/5 Love Island 3/5 Acid 8000 2/5 Average: 2,82 Some iconic songs at the beginnig. Overall the repetitve elements aren't really my thing.

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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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Tue May 11 2021
5

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

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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

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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Sat Mar 26 2022
5

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

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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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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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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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Fri Dec 09 2022
5

So many classics on this album it’s ridiculous

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Mon Dec 19 2022
5

Just pure awesomeness - one of the best albums out there.

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Mon Jan 02 2023
5

Hard to refuse a 5 for this one

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Tue Jan 10 2023
5

Un bell'effetto nostalgia per quel periodo tra la fine degli anni '90 e l'inizio dei '00 in cui la quasi totalità delle pubblicità usava brani di Fatboy Slim e Moby.

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Tue Jan 24 2023
5

A bit dated, but it's chock full of bangers and creative ideas

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Tue Jan 24 2023
5

I really enjoyed this. Some cool DJ mixes in here.

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