The Prodigy
Music for the Jilted Generation


4.5
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Review

by FrddyBrnRgrJhn USER (12 Reviews)
June 17th, 2005 | 71 replies | 18,666 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

During the 90s, The Prodigy changed the course of Electronica, giving a fresh sound with every release. Although the more recent Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned was a breath of fresh air, signaling that original techno music was still around by giving twelve 4-6 minute tracks, most with live guitar and vocals, Music for the Jilted Generation has that originality showing up in pure rave techno songs. Music for the Jilted Generation is filled with 9 minute epics, switching over from raw beats to beautiful orchestrated melodies. Music for the Jilted Generation is the masterpiece that most groups only dream of accomplishing. The downfall of this record is when the sound effects come in, whether it's a tiring statement of "I've decided to take my work back underground to stop it from falling into the wrong hands" being backed up by generic typewriter clicks during the intro, or if it's bong bubblings and joint puffings that come close to ruining a 20 minute ode to narcotics.

Intro - 1/5
I'm not against intros to daring albums, in fact it seems almost fitting in most cases to have some sort of buildup before the music starts, but this intro fails to build up to anything. It does nothing but show the cheesy ideas of some stoned ravers.

Break & Enter - 5/5
This song incorporates all the elements needed to create a great techno song. The song kicks off with a great beat and moves on to sample and orchestrate into a 9 minute masterpiece.

Their Law - 3.5/5
This is definately not the highlight of the album. A live guitar replacing synthesized sounds is more than welcome any day in my world, but the same 3 power chords get pretty old after a while. To spice things up, the music drops out to make room for a statement of "F*** 'em, and their law!" The song then gets a bit more interesting, with a guitar solo and some interesting keyboard work. A guest appearance from Pop Will Eat Itself is cited in the liner notes.

Full Throttle - 5/5
Short but sweet. Full Throttle starts out with a beat much faster than the previous tracks. It uses some great synthesizer riffs, and has a great piano and string melody.

Voodoo People - 5/5
This seems to be the song that Their Law failed to be. Starting out the same way (minus the "What we're dealing with here is a total lack of respect for the law"), Voodoo People introduces a much more catchy guitar riff, and instead of the "F*** 'em" line, it breaks to a line of "Magic People, Voodoo People." The song then incorporates much more catchy riffs, including some help from a live flute. The clever line of "The voodoo who do what you don't dare to people" adds to the great feel of this song.

Speedway {Theme from Fastlane} - 4/5
This song is yet another classic Prodigy song, with almost everything going for it. The one downfall is the cheesy racecar sound effects used at the beginning and then incorporated throughout the song.

The Heat (The Energy) - 4/5
This song gets fairly repetitive, the one highlight being the string interlude that shows up on almost every song on the album. All in all, this song seems to just be filler.

Poison - 5/5
The intro to this song is yet another example of the sampling/sound effects that hurt the album a bit. Fortunately, I can't understand much of what's being said through the thick accents, so this bit can go unnoticed for the most part. The rest of the song shows the same great Prodigy sound, plus some great drum machine work. The sampling throughout the song ("I got the poison, I got the remedy") adds a nice touch.

No Good (Start the Dance) - 5/5
One of the best songs on the album. It starts out with a great bass/synth and drum intro, and goes on to utilize some great synthesizers, strings, and vocals.

One Love [Edit] - 5/5
The string and synth intro sets a choppy, uneven beat in the casual listeners mind, until the drum beat comes in to set a backbeat to the song. The rest of the song goes on pretty much the same way, and would turn into a terribly repetetive song if it weren't for the short 4 minute length. If this is the edit, I'd really hate to hear the full version.

The Narcotic Suite - 5/5
20 minutes of sheer genius. The suite is meant to immitate a narcotic trip. The highlight by far is the first movement, 3 Kilos. The drums, synthesizer, strings, piano, and flute work so well together. The next track, Skylined, is great and moody, using the drum beats and strings to their fullest. The song then moves on to Claustrophobic Sting, showing the uglier sides of a high. The on-edge beat is backed by laughs and screams, giving a very paranoid feel. This is by far the most amazing work Liam Howett has ever done.



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FrddyBrnRgrJhn
June 18th 2005



81 Comments


Wow thanks for the comment. That's great to hear, I'm new to this site and that was my first review. It's great to hear that my review actually went to some sort of good. Prodigy is amazing, if you're into techno check them out

Iai
Emeritus
June 26th 2005



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The material here's really good, but Liam Howlett milks the hell out of it. Every song on here is at least a minute too long.

Their Law is fantastic.

Vamos Scorcho
June 26th 2005



12 Comments


This CD was one of my first favorites (bought when i was 10)

I fricking love it, but I left it in my backpack in like 8th grade and it was cracked.

Now i cant find it anywhere at any stores or in any soulseek etc.

Can you email me the cd? that would kill me so hard.

maxbfrex@yahoo.com

FrddyBrnRgrJhn
July 12th 2005



81 Comments


you can't find it anywhere? hmmm i haven't really looked for it, i just saw it in some record store in madison and decided to get it after hearing always outnumbered. try amazon maybe, or just get a store to order it. it might cost a bit more, but in this case i think it's worth it. w/e, if ur lazy or if u just can't find it, i'll email it. that would just take a fuckin long time

"Freshly Baked"
April 11th 2006



583 Comments


You listened to this when you were 10, I didn't even know there was another album besides TFOTL until like 2-3 years ago.

pattern_recognition
April 11th 2006



950 Comments


I bought this when I was a young un' too.
Skylined is great, and so is No Good.

MyRamona
April 24th 2006



1074 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

'Break and enter', 'poison' and 'no good' are the stand-out tracks. Otherwise the rest of the album is pretty standard, nowhere near as strong as 'fat of the land'.This Message Edited On 04.24.06

andy
April 25th 2006



18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm loving Voodoo People...Just like codiak said.

smokersdieyounger
June 22nd 2006



672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is the Prodigy's greatest record, and it look unlikely they will achieve anything close to this again.

Zebra
Moderator
June 22nd 2006



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Blasphemy. The Fat of the Land is by far and away the Prodigy's best album, although it is slightly overrated. Most of these songs start off promising but then tend to drag a little towards the end, this seems to be a problem with a lot of Prodigy songs.

superpeer
June 22nd 2006



257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No, no, maybe the songs are a tad too long sometimes, but that does provide a hypnotising effect, this album is superb.

Meatplow
September 25th 2006



5524 Comments


You prattle on a bit reviewing it tbh, but sour grapes because it's a great album and you didn't do a bad job describing the songs. This is one of my favourite CD's still, the songs on it are all solid to me. I like the moods Howlett creates on here, it's shows more versatility then any of their other releases. I disagree in part, Their Law is one of my favourite songs on here, but i am a fan of repetitive music. Never waste a good idea by ending it too early i say.

Shadowed Reflection
December 1st 2006



274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You gave Their Law such a shit rating! 5/5 if you ask me.

Cloverfield
January 23rd 2008



16 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My favorite Prodigy album by far. It has a really edgy techno vibe, like you're ready to stand up and kick someone's a$$. Voodoo People gives you one heck of a kick, thats why I listen to this album every morning.

Phantom
December 4th 2008



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listening to this again for the first time in ages, forgot how great it is. Their Law, Voodoo People, Poison and No Good are all classics. Still think that The Fat Of the Land is my favourite Prodigy album though...just.This Message Edited On 12.04.08

Bleak123
December 4th 2008



1902 Comments


the fat of the land is win

Phantom
December 4th 2008



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listening to it now

ConorMichaelJoseph
February 7th 2009



1870 Comments


My favourite Prodigy album

ethicalsinvesting
March 3rd 2009



1 Comments


what a CD! i always listen 2 it. my fav songs are break and enter, their law, voodoo people, poison and claustrophobic sting. No good is actually very good, full throttle is great and the narotic suite is mostly nice and uplifting. great review!

bloc
January 28th 2010



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I GOT DA POISON

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