The Fat of the Land [Expanded Edition] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Few albums were as eagerly anticipated as The Fat of the Land, the Prodigy's long-awaited follow-up to Music for the Jilted Generation. By the time of its release, the group had two number one British singles with "Firestarter" and "Breathe," and had begun to make inroads in America. The Fat of the Land was touted as the album that would bring electronica/techno to a world-wide audience. (Of course, in Britain, the group already had a staggeringly large following that was breathlessly awaiting the album.) The Fat of the Land falls short of masterpiece status, but that isn't because it doesn't deliver. Instead, it delivers exactly what anyone would expect: ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Few albums were as eagerly anticipated as The Fat of the Land, the Prodigy's long-awaited follow-up to Music for the Jilted Generation. By the time of its release, the group had two number one British singles with "Firestarter" and "Breathe," and had begun to make inroads in America. The Fat of the Land was touted as the album that would bring electronica/techno to a world-wide audience. (Of course, in Britain, the group already had a staggeringly large following that was breathlessly awaiting the album.) The Fat of the Land falls short of masterpiece status, but that isn't because it doesn't deliver. Instead, it delivers exactly what anyone would expect: intense hip-hop-derived rhythms, imaginatively reconstructed samples, and meaningless shouted lyrics from Keith Flint and Maxim. Half of the album does sound quite similar to "Firestarter," especially when Flint is singing. Granted, Liam Howlett is an inventive producer, and he can make empty songs like "Smack My Bitch Up" and "Serial Thrilla" kick with a visceral power, but he is at his best on the funky hip-hop of "Diesel Power" (which is driven by an excellent Kool Keith rap) and "Funky Shit," as well as the mind-bending neo-psychedelia of "Narayan" (featuring guest vocals by Crispian Mills of Kula Shaker), and the blood-curdling cover of L7's "Fuel My Fire," which features vocals by Republica's Saffron. All those guest vocalists mean something -- Howlett is at his best when he's writing for himself or others, not his group's own vocalists. "Firestarter" and all of its rewrites capture the fire of the Prodigy at their peak, and the remaining songs have imagination that give the album weight. The Fat of the Land doesn't have quite enough depth or variety to qualify as a flat-out masterpiece, but what it does have to offer is damn good. [The Expanded Edition, released in 2012 on the 15th anniversary of its original release, adds six contemporary remixes, including "Breathe" by Zeds Dead and "Smack My Bitch Up" by Major Lazer.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2012
  • Label: Xl Recordings
  • UPC: 634904058623
  • Catalog Number: 40586
  • Sales rank: 28,452

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Smack My Bitch Up (5:42)
  2. 2 Breathe (5:34)
  3. 3 Diesel Power (4:17)
  4. 4 Funky Shit (5:16)
  5. 5 Serial Thrilla (5:11)
  6. 6 Mindfields (5:39)
  7. 7 Narayan (9:05)
  8. 8 Firestarter (4:39)
  9. 9 Climatize (6:38)
  10. 10 Fuel My Fire (4:18)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Smack My Bitch Up (5:53)
  2. 2 Firestarter (3:18)
  3. 3 Breathe (4:36)
  4. 4 Mindfields (3:51)
  5. 5 Breathe (4:25)
  6. 6 Smack My Bitch Up (5:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Prodigy Primary Artist
Saffron Vocals
Kool Keith Vocals
Crispian Mills Vocals
Neil McLellan Vocals
Keith Flint Vocals
Shahin Bada Vocals
Jim Davies Guitar
Technical Credits
Liam Howlett Art Direction
Alex Jenkins Art Direction
Keith Flint Composer
Konrad Wothe Cover Photo
Lou Smith Inside Photo
T. Horn Composer
The Glitch Mob Remixing, Additional Production
Major Lazer Remixing, Additional Production
T. Randolph Composer
N. Miller Composer
DJ Sparks Composer
Nik Roos Remixing, Additional Production
Martijn Van Sonderen Remixing, Additional Production
Thijs De Vlieger Remixing, Additional Production
A. Dudley Composer
P. Morley Composer
K. Thornton Composer
K. Flint Composer
Alvin Risk Remixing, Additional Production
Zeds Dead Remixing, Additional Production
L. Howlett Composer, Producer
Baauer Remixing, Additional Production
J. Jeczalik Composer
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