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As catchy as Petr Cech
Fat Of The Land - The Prodigy
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Fat Of The Land - The Prodigy
Advantages: Some absolutely fantastic songs
Disadvantages: Some Filler rather than killer
The Prodigy's third album in 1997 brought them to worldwide attention with the stand out tracks Breathe, Smack my Bitch up and the world renowned Firestarter they infused their early rave credentials with a harder industrial dance sound and some pop tendancies.
This album has some great songs, but in many ways I prefer the Prodigy Experience because it represented music I grew up to, and Jilted Generation which is more musically inventive and filled with some absolutely destructive dance tunes which still make me bang my head today.
The album is a good one, but it has about 5 great tracks and a fair few average ones.
Smack my Bitch Up - This is a controversial song with an equally controversial video, while the lyrics and the attitude aren't to be commended, the tune itself is absolutely banging. It matches a chaotic, awe inspiring bassline with frantic beats, a real electronica edge and Keith's chants of 'Smack my Bitch Up'. Once again the title is not to be commended but the tune is an absolute banger.
Breathe - A fantastic tune, Maxim takes on the vocals here with Keith providing some wild, frantic support and this song is pure adrenaline, I listen to it in the gym regularly it has a huge bassline, a really strange strings arrangement and a rollercoaster ride of a song with an angry shouted chorus, for me this song sums up the band, its wild, aggressive, filled with great samples and as catchy as Petr Cech.
Diesel Power -The veteran hip hop superstar Kool Keith comes in for the vocals here, providing intelligent lyrics and a subtle, soft twist to an industrial strength Prodigy song. Filled with rawness this is a funky tune with some great samples and a really good chorus, its not as good as the first two tracks but it does keep the momentum going well.
Funky S**t -This is most definitely funky, whether it is s&*t, only the Prodigy can truly say, in my opinion it's a 6 out of 10 song, its paint by numbers for the band, some funky samples and a decent voice over but nothing new and perhaps the first two songs in particular leave you expecting a little bit more.
Serial Thrilla - Keith crows over this like a demented checkout attendant, sounding at points psychotic and at others slightly pantomime-ish. This Is a fairly good tune, probably a 7 out of 10 as the music is a fun filled journey and the vocal is always interesting.
Mindfields - Liam always puts a long tune on the album, this is it, an instrumental with some good bits and some not so good bits, its filler really and the momentum of the early tracks feels a bit lost.
Narayan - With Krispian Mills from one of the cool bands of that time this song has a real hippyish, Hari Krishna vibe to it, it was massive on the Festival scene that year and is a great tune with uplifting choruses. This is a wicked tune and it works, its not as angry as many of the other tunes but it is a wild frantic tune and an absolute return to form for this album.
Firestarter - A massive club track, I find the vocal actually a little bit annoying but as a song it is massive and absolutely huge. This song is known around the world and took the prodigy from Essex ravers to world dance act. Great song, great fun full of raw power and energy and a stand out track.
Climbatize - Fair to middling tune, not a great one, but fairly decent nonetheless.
Fuel My Fire - Not the best end to the album, fairly average.
Available in Amazon for £2.80 it is well worth a buy, the album has some awesome tracks and you may take more from Mindfields and Fuel my Fire than I have so it could be a 5 out of 5 album rather than a very good 4 out of 5.
Summary: As catchy as Petr Cech