The Prodigy
Experience


5.0
classic

Review

by Meatplow USER (111 Reviews)
June 9th, 2009 | 30 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist


The Prodigy are one of the most popular electronic music acts in the world today, and though the peak of popularity was in 1997 with the release of The Fat Of The Land Liam Howlett and co's project still enjoys a massive cult fanbase that will follow them to the bitter end. Indeed, many claim their post-FOTL material such as Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned and Invaders Must Die are completely disposable and have already signalled this, but it doesn't matter to those who still have fond memories of discovering The Prodigy's work for the first time. The groups debut release Experience brings us back to the dim, dead days of 1992 or perhaps that is not an good description. How about the explosive, energetic days of 1992? That's much more appropriate.

Many who are only vaguely familiar with The Prodigy regard The Fat of The Land as the only album worth bothering with, and the abrasive industrial-electro cum hard trance whatever the hell they were skirting with at the time as the signature sound of the group. The truth of the matter is the group had been releasing hardcore electronic releases since the late 80's, several EP's such as What Evil Lurks and Charly gained popularity and became firmly entrenched in the drug fueled British rave scene at the time. Experience would appear to be a culmination of those days, and is a frenetic, energetic mind*** that does not let go.

This album would come to define the hardcore electronic music style which other acts such as SL2 and Acen were making at the time. Fast, upbeat, driven by repetitive old school synths and breakbeats, the energy of this era of rave music is almost unparalelled. Tracks such as Music Reach [1/2/3/4], Wind It Up, Your Love, Everybody In The Place, Fire and Ruff In The Jungle sound incredibly fresh with their focus on piano rhythms and intricate electronic arrangements despite the archaic production, but even so something about the old school digital gloss to it all has a quality I can only describe as the audio equivalent of pixel art. The string samples weaving around all this blockiness give the music a heavenly, ethereal quality and the albums most popular track Out Of Space is the best example of this (I'll take your brain to another dimension!). With its focus on sparse basslines and percussion, Charly [Trip Into Drum And Bass Version] is unique as far as the album goes, but it is Weather Experience which is the real standout. It is a lengthy ambient track that takes it's time building up from the beginning with strings, hammer noises, and samples of British weathermen which ultimately explodes into a similar tone as the rest of the album. Despite being a little bit different, it's all gravy. Every track sits nicely alongside each other.

Experience is definitive of the first era of The Prodigy, that is The Prodigy of the early 90's hardcore electronica scene. It is a frenetic, upbeat affair which is nothing like what they would sound like on Fat Of The Land, nor should it be. Being on drugs back in 1992 hearing this for the first time, now that would be an experience. Not of the pharmaceutical kind.



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Meatplow
June 9th 2009


5524 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di9OBlcCiDk

You cannot argue with this. Or maybe you can, but I will hate you.

ConorMichaelJoseph
June 9th 2009


1870 Comments


5? Nah. Good review though

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
June 9th 2009


7362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ive only got Fat Of The Land and the new album. I'll get some of the old stuff sometime though. Good review.

MassiveAttack
June 9th 2009


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nahhh not a 5. Jilted Generation is greater.

Willie
Moderator
June 9th 2009


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Good review, but I couldn't disagree more.

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Meatplow
June 9th 2009


5524 Comments


It's an unpopular opinion but i've listened to this album hundreds of times!

Willie
Moderator
June 9th 2009


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I've given it quite a few listens but it has too thin of a sound and its foundation is generic, repetitive techno.

Meatplow
June 9th 2009


5524 Comments


I can see why it is disliked but god-be-damned the same reasons people criticise it is why I like it. I love the production!

It is repetitive but this is a good thing to me. Generic? Personally, it doesn't feel that way at all. Maybe if every second electronic music act sounded like this it would, but though their sound was quite varied The Prodigy had a very distinct quality which I dare say defined them in their early days up to and including Music For The Jilted Generation.

A lot of hardcore electronica is dime a dozen though, and whilst a subgenre I do like this to me is still one of the better, more essential albums from it.

Willie
Moderator
June 9th 2009


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

They do put their own spin on it but, to me, the fundamentals are still very standard. If you like hardcore electronica, have you ever heard 21st Century Jesus by Messiah (not the metal band)?

Meatplow
June 9th 2009


5524 Comments


Yes, man. Its great but I don't enjoy it half as much as this though.

Willie
Moderator
June 9th 2009


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Really? Damn. There used to be an album page for it, but it was stuck in with the metal band discography. I asked to have the band name changed to Messiah [uk] and instead it appears they just deleted it.

Meatplow
June 9th 2009


5524 Comments


Yeah this multiple artists sharing the same name is one thing I dislike about the way this site is setup. There has to be a better system.

Also anything that samples Killian from The Running Man gets my vote.

"Who are you and who do you love?"

MassiveAttack
June 9th 2009


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whoa Willie you gave this a 1.5 hmmm... Jericho is excellent, probably my favorite track on the album.

Willie
Moderator
June 9th 2009


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Whoa Willie you gave this a 1.5 hmmm...
I have a 500gig hard drive devoted to music so I rarely delete stuff even if I hardly listen to it... this I deleted a long time ago.
Also anything that samples Killian from The Running Man gets my vote.

"Who are you and who do you love?"
All the samples and the aggressive way that the music is approached is just awesome. I think you and I are the only one's that know of its existence.

Meatplow
June 9th 2009


5524 Comments


It's possible. I've developed a taste for that kind of music recently.

MassiveAttack
June 10th 2009


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mr.MusicPirate (don't worry I shall not tell). I only got a lowly 76 GB =(

MassiveAttack
June 10th 2009


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You haven't listened to their new stuff have ya Meatplow? Not really interesting, but it's still great for what it is. Just feels so old in a way. Can't really explain it, unless you've already heard it you'll probably know what I mean.

STOP SHOUTING!
June 10th 2009


631 Comments


"have you ever heard 21st Century Jesus by Messiah (not the metal band)?"

Hey, I know Ali and Mark, from Hayes in West London. Really nice guys, but they got badly tied up by some management deal with Stevo of Some Bizarre.

Meatplow
June 10th 2009


5524 Comments


You haven't listened to their new stuff have ya Meatplow? Not really interesting, but it's still great for what it is. Just feels so old in a way. Can't really explain it, unless you've already heard it you'll probably know what I mean.


I really liked Invaders Must Die actually. Howlett claimed in an interview to have set out to bring back the old school synths and breakbeats of the first two albums, and I definitely got a sense of that when I first listened to it. The modern production significantly benefits this, even if the songs overall are rather slight. But listening to tracks such as Omen you can definitely hear a return to the old sound.

Big Baby Jesus
December 7th 2009


549 Comments


Let's jet out, we'll cruise at hyperspeed,
I got the beat, I got the beat
and that's all we need!!!

I hate to pigeonhole this album by saying it's more fun high, but even Sober, it's a blast!



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