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The Fat of the Land
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Album: The Fat of the Land
# Song Title   Time
1)    Smack My Bitch Up
2)    Breathe
3)    Diesel Power
4)    Funky Shit
5)    Serial Thriller
6)    Mindfields
7)    Naraya
8)    Firestarter
9)    Climbatize
10)    Fuel My Fire
 
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Performer Notes
  • The Prodigy: Keith Flint, Maxim Reality (vocals); Liam Howlett (various instruments); Leeroy Thornhill.
  • Additional personnel: Shahin Bada, Kool Keith, Crispin Mills (vocals); Jim Davies (guitar); Saffron (background vocals).
  • FAT OF THE LAND was nominated for a 1998 Grammy for Best Rock Album.
  • Among the most anticipated releases of 1997, The Prodigy's third full-length album is a bulldozing rock-techno hybrid. But while the guitar/samples/hyper-beats mosaic that made "Firestarter" an MTV breakout are found in every nook and cranny of this album, the overall building blocks are far more diverse, making it a tangible melting pot of pre-millennium pop styles.
  • There's a definite hip-hop element here. "Diesel Power," which features quality mic control by Kool Keith (of Ultramagnetic MCs and Dr. Octagon fame), is new-style hip-hop sculpture, applying techno and acid-house textures to apocalyptic ends. Both "Funky Shit" and "Smack My Bitch Up" are throbbing dance-floor ejaculations wrapped around, respectively, Beastie Boys and De La Soul refrains. Kula Shaker's Crispin Mills adds vocals to an Eastern-influenced trance workout called "Narayan." All this adds up to proof positive that THE FAT OF THE LAND is just the tip of the iceberg.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.82) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."

Rolling Stone (8/7/97, pp.59-60) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...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..."

Spin (p.86) - "'80s planet-rock rap pushing and biting like Killing Joke art-metal, with Middle Eastern and classical parts, Breeders riffs, and an L7 cover..."

Spin - "THE FAT OF THE LAND's opening five tracks jump consistently, the bass lines either superhooky or subdub deep that it doesn't matter."

Spin (1/98, p.87) - Ranked #20 on Spin's list of the "Top 20 Albums Of The Year."

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

Entertainment Weekly (7/11/97, pp.65-66) - "...Prodigy leader and beat master Liam Howlett has made THE FAT OF THE LAND harder, more subterranean, more diverse, and more vocal-oriented than previous Prodigy records....This is dance music not about release but aggression, making it ideal party music for the end of the century..." - Rating: B

Q (6/00, p.70) - Ranked #47 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums" - "...This was Keeping It Real, Essex-style, a uniquely British spin on contemporary US influences, rooted in the dance revolution....somewhere for rock and rave to meet in pursuit of instant thrills..."

Q (10/01, p.46) - Ranked #43 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime"

Q (12/99, p.92) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."

Q (1/98, p.114) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."

Melody Maker (12/20-27/97, pp.66-67) - Ranked #13 on Melody Maker's list of 1997's "Albums Of The Year."

Village Voice (2/24/98) - Ranked #29 in the Village Voice's 1997 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.

NME (Magazine) (12/20-27/97, pp.78-79) - Ranked #17 in NME's 1997 Critics' Poll.

NME (Magazine) (6/28/97, p.54) - "...the first block rockin' post-Oasis amyl-techno-punk album....as well as reaffirming their position as head-warping slam-kings of the pop underground, [FAT OF THE LAND] seems set to be the ultimate party soundtrack both sides of the ocean..."
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