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The Fat of the Land

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All-Reviews.com Music Review: The Fat of the Land

Artist: Prodigy
Genre: Techno/Electronica, Rock/Pop
Release Date: July 1997
Note(s): Nominated for a 1998 Grammy for Best Rock Album


Review by DjBatman
3½ stars out of 4

Rock is dead; or maybe not. Rock lives as an electronically mutated thing in which traditional instruments like drums and guitars are melted with samplers and drum machines. Liam Howlett's creature has been around for years but with "Firestarter" the Prodigy have topped charts worldwide, leading a bunch of other electronic acts in an invasion of areas traditionally devoted to rock and all its derivations, including Billboard charts and MTV. Sampling everything from Skunk Anansie to the Breeders, from Beastie Boys to John Barry, Howlett & c. take a look at the next decade of music, paying also tribute to the past and present, and showing admiration for some of the pioneers of electronic music ("Firestarter" features a small but significant sample from Art of Noise).

Here's what others reviewers have to say:

"...maybe the best fusion of pseudo-rap and pseudo-punk since Rage Against The Machine..." 7 (out of 10)  Spin 9/97, p.155

"...packs all the visceral punch of rock at its incendiary best .... populist electro punk that serves as a perfect Brit counterpart to the industrial noir of Trent Reznor or the jittery soundscapes of Wu-Tang Clan's RZA..."   3.5 Stars (out of 5) Rolling Stone 8/7/97, pp.59-60

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