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"The Fat Of The Land"

© Maverick/Warner Bros. R Year of Release: 1997

track listing
  • Smack My Bitch Up
  • Breathe
  • Diesel Power
  • Funky Shit
  • Serial Thrilla
  • Mindfields
  • Narayan
  • Firestarter
  • Climbatize
  • Fuel My Fire

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    "The Fat Of The Land"

    In 1997, the big hype was the band Prodigy. Their video performances were shocking and disturbing, and their pulsing beats of music sparked Electronica music at its finest. One aspect in listening to The Fat Of The Land, the album that would reach to #1 in the U.S. and other countries, is that Electronica music has many definitions. Where keyboards are the main instrument, it was intensified 200% with other instruments, forming a pulsing dancebeat, creating high energy sounding music.

    "Smack My Bitch Up" -- it's nice to know that the only lyrics are the name of the song, with some disturbing music, despite it being energized Electronica. "Breathe" -- there are lyrics here, with a Sex Pistols vocal atmosphere, and the Electrnoica music accompanient is quite good.

    "Diesel Power" is Rap vocals mixed with Electronica pulsing music. "Funky Shit" is quite impressive -- Electronica music at its finest, pulsing backbeats, with very little vocals. The same can be said for the next tune, "Serial Thrilla." And likewise, the album gets better with another good energized Electronica song, "Mindfields."

    "Narayan" has the pulsing beats in full force, and the vocals are as equally good as the music. And just when you just had enough of the pulsing, "Firestarter" is even more intense. "Firestarter" was the most popular song from this album, and after listening to it, we can see why -- It's energetic, pulsing and grabs your attention quick.

    "Climbatize" begins with some very impressive keyboard works; not as energized as the pulsing beats of previous songs, yet it has a mystery to it. As the song kicks in, it's a reminder of The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" with the keyboards Pete Townshend generated. When that has passed, the song really kicks in, and it's the usual pulsing energy Prodigy sound. "Fuel My Fire" is another pulsing tune, with Sex Pistols-type vocals, and musically-inclined energy.

    The Fat Of The Land defines high-intensified Electronica music, yet Prodigy's music are entertaining for some, and the rest, possibly disturbing. Their music is different; the pulsing beats and rhythms may drive some listeners crazy, yet for the Electronica fans, it is energetic and intensifying as any other type of music they may enjoy. Being a keyboardist myself, this album has it's moments, yet it will take quite some time for myself to say that Prodigy's music, and this kind of Electronica Music to be highly recommended.

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