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The Fat Of The Land

The Prodigy

1997

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because of the album cover all i could think of was crab rave.

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5

Psycho-somatic addict-insanely good!

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Two lead man suicide bands in a row... I checked out some Prodigy when Keith Flint killed himself a few years ago and I liked it. Dangerous, edgy 90s shit. Industrial, dirty, but still some polish to it. It may sound like you're in a club in the Matrix but it's cool.

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Même si j'ai étrangement plutôt apprecié la musicalité offerte par cet album, j'ai en revanche était bien moins conquis par le choix artistique de The Prodigy. Pourquoi avoir choisir un aquarium comme lieu de deroulement de cet album? Et pour cause: on se retrouve très rapidement trempé en lançant l'album, la faute à une immersion des plus totales dès les première secondes. Il devient très vite impossible de respirer. De plus, de multiples animaux marins viennent déranger notre concentration pendant l'écoute, ce qui au bout du 5ème crabe me chatouillant les pieds, a commencé à me taper sur les nerfs. Pour toutes ces raisons, l'album de recoltera qu'un 3/5.

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Packed with interesting synths and samples. Relentless, banging, and kind of wearing after a while. EVERYONE IS SHOUTING and ALL THE SOUNDS WANT TO BE IN THE FOREGROUND and HERE'S ANOTHER ANGRY MAN SHOUTING WITH A FIZZING SYNTHESIZER

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The Fat Of The Land est l'histoire d'une romance impossible entre un crabe hypermétrope et un bulot transgenre homosexuel. Cette tragédie sur fond marin nous plonge dans un merveilleux univers aquatique où trahisons et mensonges rythment une histoire d'amour gâchée par de vieilles rivalités familiales. La scène finale dans laquelle le bulot transgenre homosexuel se laisse couler bouche béante vers les abysses sous le regard impuissant du crabe semi-bigleux est à classer parmi les plus émouvantes du genre.

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This is the album that I think of when someone mentions "industrial-electronica". One of the best and deserving to be on the list.

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5

Perfeito.

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5

Awesome album. Loved the way the tracks flow into each other.

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5

Mega geil. Dr Holger im 308

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5

Energizing music to rave to

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5

Топчик

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5

prodigios

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5

Oh Yes.

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5

This is good but influenced a lot of bad imitations

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5

Hit after hit, sound of the 90s

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5

I know exactly where was when I listened to this. Loved it.

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5

I was obsessed with this album for about two weeks in 1999.

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5

Great one

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5

Fuck. Yes.

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5

Love itt

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5

Banger from summer school.

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5

Raveros y rompedor, es uno de los discos de mi pandilla, forma parte de nuestra historia. Y además es muy bueno.

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5

Banging basslines which are hard to resist doing firestarter-esque head bangs throughout.

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5

This album held up well. I actually gave it 2 listens. I remember being more drawn to the aggro tracks like Firestarter as a younger man, but I enjoyed the others more this time around. Also got way more of the sample references and the strong Kool Keith influence this time. Probably still more partial to Jilted Generation (2nd album) but damn Breathe is a killer track.

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5

One of the best The prodigy albums. Music is driven, fast and enjoyable.

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5

Own it. Good stuff.

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5

Got a long drive to do through the night? This will keep you going. From the halcyon days of acid house and all night parties in unknown locations. This will take you back there.

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Great

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5

Classic tunes from beginning to end

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5

noice

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5

Epic!

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5

Seminal big beat album that would influence electronic music for years to come. Tracks are among the most impressive pieces of electronic music I've ever heard, succeeding in making such a hard abrasive sound work so well. The three top hits are masterpieces. "Narayan" and "Climbatize" are just as impressive in demonstrating Liam's immense talent. The other songs are all great, with plenty of variation to keep anyone engaged in any song. The tracks are spread out in a way to keep the flow going uninterrupted. There are no out-of-place or drawn-out tracks. There's no way I could give this album anything less than a perfect score.

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5

This album was pretty great. Ultimate example of the rave sound of the 90s. Not really my thing musically so I didn't want to give this 5 stars but I have to. It's as good as anything I've heard so far.

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Lo siento por desentonar pero qué maravilla de disco. En unos tres o cuatro siglos cuando se hable de música clásica se pondrá este discacho y la gente lo disfrutará en sus mecedoras galácticas.

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5

Troublesome track aside this was an album that soundtracked my younger wilder years and I love it

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5

Loved it!

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5

OH MY GOD THAT’S THE FUNKY SHIT

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5

Mamalon el disco! De lo mejor qué hay en el mundo mundial!

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5

Seminal album from my Teenage years just disappointed to hear how much of the drumming was since. Should go look up if there any drum parts to these songs.

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5

This was the first album to make me realise dance music is great, as a nu-metal loving kid. Every track on this is still great. Best played loud in the car.

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5

I know this album from inside to out. It was a move towards the more hard edged sound that howlett wanted from the beginning. Getting away from the rave scene singalongs to using experimental cuts and beats. This album represents true creative freedom when not tied to shifting units.

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5

Amazing from start to finish.

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5

Great album, never gets old

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5

The prodigy at their peak, a great album

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5

Brilliant

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1997. Key Songs: Smack My Bitch Up, Firestarter, Breathe

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Muita coisa interessante aí.

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4

Bom demais.

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This was a lot of fun

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4

Smack my bitch up!

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4

My first electronica album, and one that I've been meaning to revisit as a result of the trip-hop albums from this era that I've been listening to lately. Starts off really strong with two huge hits. The whole album is super high energy. Great sounds all the way through. It lags a bit in the middle, but that's partially a result of the fact that it starts off so strong. Perhaps the peak of angry dance music. 4/5

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Digging this

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4

90s electro. A little to fast and crazy for me

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Was already a fan of the first track and the rest of the album held up pretty well

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Good

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Started good, but I am definitely not into Narayan, which is nine minutes long and in the middle.

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4

cooool

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3+1 for personal

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Very nice EDM album. Peak late nights electronic.

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great one, a load of hits and great album overall

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Hermose

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Bangers & Mash

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De beats worden op dit album net iets meer afgewisseld met 'rustigere' momenten, en is wat melodieuzer in aard

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4

Jilted probably just edges this for me but has some seriously great tracks - brilliant stuff

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Still sounds great.

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Superb. So close to 5 star.

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Belter

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omg the matrix

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FIRESTARTER

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c'est comme je m'imaginais je crois ? et c'est très bien 4/5 Sauf quelques musiques qu'ont vieillies (c'est con j'ai pas noté lesquelles) rien n'est à jeter

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20 July 2021 Listened on my phone and laptop while working and going to sainsburys. It's great, they came in and just tore the place up.

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Very good!!! Trippy reminds me of The Flaming Lips

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I am the Firestarter!!!

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4

some really nice songs, but got a bit repetitive

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4

7

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'avv it

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4

A bit too matrix-sounding at first, but after another listen I'm into it. Kind of a classic sound. Great synth sounds. You really gotta be in the mood for all that energy though.

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4

Great album in the right mood but a bit too much for most of the time.

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Finally listening to the album from which several of The Matrix OST tracks were taken. Whole album is pretty good, and really enjoyed listening to the familiar tracks again. Probably needed it today, when I'm feeling slightly grungy and angsty. 4 stars!

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Climbatize, Firestarter, ... all classics.

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4

Jilted just edges this for me but has some seriously great tracks that still hold up today - brilliant stuff

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4

An amazing milestone album for the Prodigy. Love every track (even the weaker ones). Not quite a five though.

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Some of the tracks on this album have not ages well. Others are ageless. Still brilliant

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I knew the singles as this came out while I was in high school, but it was good to give a critical listen and hear the b-sides. Maybe my favorite dance music so far.

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If I ever need music for a rave, I know what I can use now. 4/5 stars

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Didn't think I was gonna rate this but it ended up being pretty great. Relentless from the get-go.

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I remember listening to this at 17/18 on a family holiday in Ireland. Using a CD player and some crappy headphones. It sounded dangerous then, as it still does now.

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This is definitely phat. This is such a brilliant album - big, aggressive, moody. It’s a great techno album that throws in influences from metal, hip hop, jungle and makes a massive sound. Back in the day, you could drop Firestarter or Breathe into the set of any club night - indie, house, rock, whatever - and the place would go nuts. RIP Keith.

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Solid album

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Me gusto

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In contrast to other 90s dance albums we've had, this is very listenable probably because it follows traditional rock formats pretty closely. Not a million miles from a clattery, electro heavy metal at times. There's a huge dose of nostalgia at play here, but Breathe, Firestarter, Smack My Bitch Up and, especially, Diesel Power (adding another Kool Keith appearance to recent listening on this app) absolutely rule.

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Banging

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completely forgotten how many great individual tracks there were on this album!

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Tempted to go 5 but I was sensible. Loved it as a kid and still stands up fairly well I think. It sounded like nothing else at the time. It's not easy to make dance music into an engaging album either

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Not surprising that this was controversial when it was released. I recall that MTV did some stories about the misogynistic lyrics for a few days before they world premiered the video for a “one time only” showing. Overall I think this is above average electronica w some pop and rap tossed in. 3.5 stars and difficult for me to round up, but the cool cover art tipped the scales.

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That got to number one in about 1999 in America, and then the next the UK artist to get to number one was like Adele or somebody.

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Some very iconic songs. Not something I would personally seek out but I can see its appeal, very energetic with strong beats.

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Nostalgia maybe? There are some really good tracks in there.

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Haven't heard this one in a hot minute. It holds up if you're in that sorta mood

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Thought this was related to crab rave - I was wrong. This appears to be the "original crab rave". And I really enjoyed this album. Everything somehow didn't sound the same and you were randomly blessed with vocals. Each track jammed, no complaints. Although, i'm not sure electronic music will ever be at the top of my list.

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4

Not what I usually would listen to, but interesting.

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Got a soft spot for this, even though I can't stand the genre in general. Every track is pretty engaging for its variety in sounds, beats and/or tempos. Narayana is the best.

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great. i forgot how much energy it contains.

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Just a solid album and loved all the music videos back in the day

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Grungy, fast and nostalgic!

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Not really my thing, but so many good memories of learning to drive in my ex’s purple convertible and blasting this cd with the top down

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3

12/15 Hard beats, very 90s, similar to the Chemical Brothers album. Standout Tracks: Smack My Bitch Up, Funky Shit, Serial Thrilla, Narayan, Firestarter, Fuel My Fire

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Good background music for work. Never been a huge rave guy, so this was just ... fine, I guess. Love the energy, but it all kind of bled together after a while. Favorite tracks: "Breathe", "Climbatize"

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Pretty good as far as dance music goes

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Breathe, Smack my bitch up och firestarter berättigar platsen i boken.

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3

Bom, gostava na época.

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3

Standard british electronic music. Too bad the only the cover had crab rave.

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This album is filled with a lot of highs and a lot of lows. Tracks like "Smack My Bitch Up", "Firestarter" and "Funky Shit" are really iconic, and this was really the moment when electronic music crossed over with metal and it gets you hype. But the album also has a lot of tracks that feel like filler also and just don't stick with you at all. The album art is the absolute fucking best tho.

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trance and almost dance like beats - fun coding music

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Another icon of my mid-90s MTV era, and of course The Matrix soundtrack. Again though not really my thing.

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nice. nothing I didn’t expect. 3.5 🦀

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Big beats are best, get high all the time

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Fun album. Some classic big beat songs. 7/10

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Crab music. When I hear Prodigy I think of the late rapper from Mobb Deep. This is NOT that Prodigy. I knew as soon as I heard the first song that this was late '90s; it's the same laser-specific techno/rock style that gave us Darude - Sandstorm. Definitely enjoyable as a relic of that era. This is the kind of music I'd put on while hacking into the mainframe. Favorite tracks: Firestarter, Breathe, Smack My Bitch Up. Album art: Iconic. I've never heard this before and never heard anything from this band, but I've seen the crab cover a billion times and know it well. Even if I hadn't seen it before, it's legitimately a badass picture. The motion blur is insane. 3.5/5

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Immer noch nicht ganz meines

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Good listens.

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Not my thing but it’s okay

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This was a really fun album. I always enjoy an electronic non lyric type of album and this had some good songs that reminded me a bit of Jet Set Radio Future or some old type of video game. Some were strange but seeing that crab on the album cover made it all worth it.

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Fairly decent hard British EDM with some dodgy lyrics.

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Never got the Prodigy but can appreciate the hooks. After a strong start the 2nd half tails off a bit

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Only really like a couple of the songs.

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I like it more then when it came out but it's still at times a bit too heavy and cold for my taste. I forget to give this band credit for more than just Fireststarter. Songs like Narayan do some pretty cool things with that basic breakbeat.

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Smack My Bitch Up is such a banger of a track, incredible intro. There's some fun tracks on here, but in general they feel pretty formulaic and tends to become pretty one note for me. If you're in the mood could see it but not something I'd return to regularly. Had heard this before.

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3

Got to be in the mood for this one but a classic

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I like several of the songs well enough, but the whole thing sounds like the soundtrack to a drug addiction montage in a movie before everything gets bad.

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Not as good as I remembered, maybe I needed to be wrecked listening to it ;)

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Irgendwie nicht so überzeugend/schlecht gealtert. Ich verstehe, dass Bedürfnis mit krassen Elementen un Texten zu schocken, aber das tut es halt heute nicht mehr. Wenn man das weg nimmt, bleibt nicht so viel übrig. 3 Sterne, weil ich nostalgisch bin.

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Not my type of songs, but I liked it better than I expected

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3

Up tempo album with good tracks

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Definitely not in my wheelhouse, and for that very reason I was happy to listen to this again - I remember 20 years ago playing video games with a friend and we'd loop this album. Perfect for racing games btw. At any rate as one who grew up definitely more of a "traditionalist" this ordinarily wouldn't be something i liked but oddly enough I do; on the tracks where there are vocals it's a little off-putting but not enough to distract from the head-bobbing electronic loops and catchy as hell beats - . (contrasting with the Fatboy Slim album I listened to a week ago which was unlistenable to me) Absolutely not an album for all settings :) but as I'm working while listening to this, it's really kind of the perfect soundtrack. Now I wish I still had my Playstation NASCAR game to veg out to... 6/10 3 stars

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Techno’s never really been my thing but I did find this fairly enjoyable. Made me feel like I should be hacking something.

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3

Alright album some good songs not an album I would sit down and listen to, would rate the album higher if played in a club when I was drunk but other than that not my type of music 3/5

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3

funky and something new!

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3

Its a unique sound of drum and bass techno electronic music combined with lyrics shouted over it, it's not bad but not my taste sadly

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3

What a great industrial album, love the classic dance anthems, hated the lyrics of smack a bitch though and wasn't too fond of the rapping song.

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3

Some great tunes on here, Breathe, Firestarter and Smack my bitch up to name a few. Not exactly my scene though.

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3

Pretty decent album, although a lot of the songs do sound alike.

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Love the Prodigy. Pretty good album on the whole, though some tracks are definitely not as good as others and make the album a bit worse on the whole.

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It’s really hard to come back from “smack my bitch up”

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Jammin

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I would call this an easy record to enjoy, but it doesn't give me anything that I am hurting to come back to either.

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Big fat beats, but the best part of the album is the cover. Crab looks ready to throw down.

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A ovo je vibe, ovo kad se pusti, glava radi sam tak. Dost dobar album, najbolji njihov.

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3

Positive vibe

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Gnarly, loud and in your face.

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I'll add an extra star for nostalgia's sake, but this album suffers from tracks that are 3 minutes too long, and lyrics that are 25 years past their expiration date.

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3

not much an industrial electronic fan, but this was easier listening than expected. Feels good for the list, even if it's not my stuff. Cover made me think of rave crabs.

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3

It was at least a little exciting. Still don't love electronic music though. 5/10

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5/10. I love the cover art, and how confusingly it clashes with the title. Sadly the music sounds a bit like something a 12 year old would have as the background for their minecraft tutorial youtube video. Found myself liking it okay on the whole, at it was decent as background music, but wouldn't want to listen to it actively

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6/10. it got really samey but the production was nice. sounds exactly like it'd be on a Fast & Furious action sequence, which made it kinda funny to listen to while driving around in traffic in Jack's '01 Camry

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Ahh memories.

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3

Doesn't hold up as well compared to some of its contemporaries but from a time and space perspective it would've been absolutely mind blowing

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3

Not really my style, but also a little hypnotic. Listened to at work and I was definitely dozing off

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I see they’ve made their album again

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Little-known fact: the biggest single event in history to contribute to climate change was the Great Co2 Emission of 1997, in which every angsty, rebellious teenage girl in the world burned her Nine inch Nails and Type O Negative posters to make room for Prodigy ones. haha fuck, can you imagine being the parent of a shitty teenage kid and seeing this come on TV on a saturday morning? Imagine that sinking feeling in your stomach as you listened to this scungy UK techno dog shit and watched Keith Flint jump around like the degenerate he was, just knowing that your horrid adolescent turd is going to latch straight onto this and start looking like it by the end of the week. And you're helpless to stop it, you can only watch and silently scream. Wouldn't you just want to kill yourself there and then? 3/5 though, cause I was one of those shithead teenagers who thought the Prodigy was pretty rad haha. The album goes for too long, all scungy UK rave techno does, but the singles are still bangers.

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Sounds that I had never thought I would hear in my lifetime were available here. It was definitely a ride worth remembering. The songs that struck me the most were "Breathe", "Diesel Power" and "Climbatize".

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Liked it better than Fatboy Slim. Too long.

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A psycho made this. Funky rap-techno.

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Second listen. Growing on me. Enjoying the drum beats. 3/5

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You: based on your ratings '90s electronica is your least favorite genre so far. Also you: here's more '90s electronica.

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ret fedt 90'er

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Bad trip man

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Meh meh

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Got me pumped for work. I dig it

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grimy, yet satisfying 3

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3

It reminded me of that Pere Ubu album in the way that there's sounds clashing. Although I liked this one more. A lot of the music was pleasing to hear, even amidst all that chaotic noise.

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Just didn't do it for me. I found the music (and lyrics) kind of corny. It's the kind of music you'd hear in a trailer for a big budget action film

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Yuck

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Music is cool, just seems like a fad. Can’t see myself listening to it randomly.

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A bit to in your face for me

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Some good songs but it is not something I would listen to on a regular basis, the music made me anxious.

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Two absolute bangers but also just a bit much isn't it boys?

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Not pour moi, this Aussie gives it two Tim Tams out of five.

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urm...

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The songs were okay but far too long. Cut about a minute or so from each one and I might actually like this album.

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Makes me think of the Matrix/ heist movies lol

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Love the hard hitting drums.

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OOHWAAAAAAA DEEDOODEEDOO

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Crazy album… electronic style reminds me of the drummer audition in the movie “The Rocker” that young drummer used a electronic control box to play drums….doesn’t seem real to me….

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This sounds like reject tracks from Twisted Metal 2. It sounds like rave meets punk. I love rave music, but this doesn't hit any of the magic the genre can hit. Super shallow lyrics, boring songs, repetitive. I mean, I guess it is danceable so it gets that, but overall I don't want to hear this again.

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funky! repetitive

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first real experience listening to rave music. it’s not bad, just not my style. regardless, this album seemed lacking. fewer vocals, a lot of back music, which isn’t bad. the bad part is that the beat never really switches and gets pretty repetitive. there are no breaks, high energy music that would be a lot of fun for a rave, but doesn’t really give room to breathe. not a bad album, just not a fun listen in my bed with headphones on on a tuesday afternoon. none of the songs would go on my playlist.

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Beastieboys? 2/5

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Lo voy a escuchar en momentos de intensidad y frenesí.

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Mediocre and not my thing.

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Not good, not enjoyable. The voice is really annoying and does not sound good. The instrumentals aren't even that great.

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Interesting sound. First listen for me. Never heard of them before. I like it more than I thought. Heard it several times today. 2/5 for now...

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Nop, me enfadó. Se siente que le falta trabajo.

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Nomás no hicimos click

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Ehhhhh... got 0 joy out of this, sure had energy but it felt so completely staged and predictable that i just wanted the album to end.

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Eh

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I thought I liked the Prodigy but the whole album in one go is too much for me. Still like firestarter.

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Meh

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Very repetitive - but that's their style.

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Elektronisk, tempofyldt, aggressivt

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Not bad but quite repetitive

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Repetitive and exhausting, but cool if I were fighting a bunch of Agent Smiths.

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Though I haven't listened to a ton of techno, I can't help but feel that this is on the dumb/bro side of things. It's not dire, but the beats get repetitive after a few songs and it mostly coasts on the nostalgia of Smack My Bitch Up being in every action movie c.1998-2001

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Pretty meh. Couple songs were enjoyable but just wasn’t in the mood for something like this. Maybe if it were 1999 at a warehouse rave.

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Ouch, just couldn't listen to the whole thing, I tried.

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That was like bad Sonic game background music. I’d rather listen to good Sonic music.

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No, cringey

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This sounds like a movie soundtrack to me. Ocean's 11 montages just flying around. Not my jam and I won't revisit this.

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Not my thing unless it is part of a movie soundtrack. It gave me anxiety

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Awful

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ew is this EDM or something i disliked this entire experience

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לא תודה, לא מתחבר לזה בכלל, לא אוהב

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Didnt like this album when it first came out, still don’t like it now

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Didn't enjoy this at all. 1/5 stars.

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I can't get what the metal scene has with "The prodigy". For me, it's just the basic electronic music with some new beats that didn't make too much to create good songs. This is the second prodigy's album that I get in this project and for the first one I gave 2 stars, but now, just electronic music: nice at the party, bad in my ears. Prefer the metal covers from this album, they are much better than it.

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Crab rave! Not my vibe to be honest. This makes me feel like I'm in a club in The Matrix (makes sense, one of the tracks is on the soundtrack). Fittingly then, 'Minefields' is my top pick.

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Whack as fuck

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The Fat of the Land by The Prodigy (1997) Presented with a British electronic punk album having an opening track entitled “Smack My Bitch Up” and with ‘lyrics’ that simply repeat the phrase “Smack My Bitch Up” eight times (and “Change My Pitch Up” only six times), what’s a stunned but serious listener to do? The phrase “Smack My Bitch Up” is clearly the central, attention-grabbing focus of the song. Well, in the first place, I had to turn it down so my wife couldn’t hear it. Even with headphones, the ladies would be able to tell that “Smack My Bitch Up” was being played (again and again, apparently, since this album hit #1 in the weekly charts in the US, UK, and, well, pretty much throughout the world). In 1997, a lot of women were aware that their men were listening to “Smack My Bitch Up”. If I were playing “Smack My Bitch Up” loud in the car in my driveway, my wife, daughter, and son could have heard what I was playing from inside the house. If I had been playing “Smack My Bitch Up” while pulling in to a gas station, everyone, male and female, would know. I’m sure this happened millions of times, as this album was so popular. Now, writing as one who has never “Smack[ed] My Bitch Up”, I should perhaps merely confess that I can’t relate and move on. But that wouldn’t be fair to the art. “Smack My Bitch Up” does have a pretty cool groove. And the wailing, non-verbal Asian female vocal in the last half of “Smack My Bitch Up” by Shahin Badar is very nice, but it makes me wonder if she was aware of the ‘lyrics’ when she laid down her non-verbal contribution to “Smack My Bitch Up” (or whether she was even given a choice by the artists who were laying down “Smack My Bitch Up”—she might have been somewhat intimidated). Now to be fair, in response to the obvious outcry over “Smack My Bitch Up” (by the National Organization for Women and many others), I read on Wikipedia that the men comprising this band persistently interpreted the phrase “Smack My Bitch Up” as “doing anything intensely”. Think about that. It seems disingenuous, if not outright deceptive. No, let’s call a spade a spade: That’s bullshit. I mean, “Smack My Bitch Up” should pretty well be interpreted as “Smack My Bitch Up”, right? On the other hand, I might have been tempted defend “Smack My Bitch Up” by claiming ‘at least it doesn’t say “Smack My Bitch Down”’. There’s a huge irony in the fact that the phrase “Smack My Bitch Up” is not even performed by the band members. It is sampled from “Give the Drummer Some” by Ultramagnetic MCs (1988), where it goes: “Smack My Bitch Up, like a pimp”. I suppose The Prodigy understood that the pimping in question was being done “intensely”, as in “Smack My Bitch Up? You must be doing some pretty intense pimping there, dude”. This is an intensity that eludes me, and I join with the National Organization for Women in challenging the toxic masculinity that is evident in this work. But we should not be surprised that notoriety is lucrative if it is adroitly monetized. I understand there are other tracks on this album, but we’re out of time. 1/5

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