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You've Come a Long Way, Baby

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Artist: Fatboy Slim
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: October 1998

Review by DjBatman
4 stars out of 4

You've come a long way, Mr.Cook. A long long way since the days of Housemartins and (later) Beats International. As Fatboy Slim, Norman Cook found perfect formula for concentrating under one alias great music, killer samples from his impressive record collection (showed in the cd booklet) and the commercial success the needed for continuing his musical trip for the following years (or decades). Until now, Cook's quality projects (Freak Power especially) missed the sellability which he only obtained with -erm- "dull soulless dance music" (like the Pizzaman tracks he was involved in). Instead, today he can be widely known for being the man who produced the "Right about now! The soul funk brother!" track... and at the same time he can have fun delivering quality stuff on a dance album that comes clearly from the mind of a music lover and record collector. The hits are all here ("Right here, right now", "The Rockafeller Skank" and "Gangster trippin'") but they are joined by the ambient/techno of "Love island", the retro-futuristic acid house tribute "Acid 8000", lounge and funky loops ("F**king in Heaven" or the John Barry Seven sample on "The Rockafeller Skank") and the electric gospel of "Praise you" with a piano (apparently out of some scratched vinyl) accompaining Camille Yarborough's soulful vocal samples ("We've come a long long way together..."). End-of-the-millennium pop music in its purest form.

Here's what others reviewers have to say:

"...Cook proves what all pop pros know: that obvious is harder than subtle....Cooks makes the hooks as blatant as a dance-world denizen can..."
Rolling Stone 11/12/99, p.114-115

"...the thrill-intensive Fatboy Slim approach favors monstrous, often incongruous breaks, bass lines, and riffs, aggressively diced and looped in service of wacky, cut-and-paste juxtapositions....[BABY] substantiates the theory that few dance producers working today are as keenly attuned to the pleasure principle as Norman Cook..." 8 (out of 10) Spin 12/98, pp.175-176



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