Review Summary: One of the biggest albums ever created1 of 3 thought this review was well written
Every now and then an album comes out that stuns the world past belief. The group's recognition begins to grow uncontrollably, and therefore outweighs some of the other pieces that are being made at the time. What is so interesting about this whole ordeal is that back in the early 00's and late 90's, these events occurred. Particularly in the Electronic genre, artists such as The Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim were crafting massive albums, all setting in some sort of milestone that would be carried in the long run. The Chemical Brothers shocked the world with ‘Dig Your Own Hole’, and Fatboy Slim produced a funky and groovy release, ‘Better Living Through Chemistry’. Then there’s The Prodigy. The Prodigy’s Fat of the Land began to follow a crazy journey, and their mainstream publicity grew in the correct path. The Fat of the Land was enormous.
The album itself is very catchy and hypnotic that in terms makes this album actually worth listening to. The genres are also a bit moody as well. Some tunes slide on over to aggressive Industrial, and others include elements of Alternative Hip Hop/Rap. However, the category of Big Beat is the set that carries this album over. Plus what is funny, the genre is actually based on how it sounds. The beats are massive. A lot of the tracks also are loaded with energy, and places in a lot of brightness. The synth lines are extremely creative. Some tracks have 4-5 synths that actually overlay the others that in return make the song richer. It definitely sets in more of an accessible mood to the listener. It would honestly be rather ignorant if a person would say the songs are tedious or just lack many elements. I would find it hard to believe. There is so much emotion, power, and layers put behind the songs that it’s almost unimaginable for a human brain to even comprehend.
The hard-hitting track, ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ opens up the album. It starts off with a low groggy bassline, and then pairs up with a fantastic percussion beat. The vocals are well done, but can get redundant occasionally. Basically they are just the vocalist repeatedly saying ‘smack my bitch up, change my pitch up’ and vice versa. It begins to get a little annoying, but thankfully the song itself has a long bridge that builds up to the existing tempo. Some other tracks that deliver the most ambition and energy are ‘Funky S***’ and ‘Breathe.’ ‘Narayan’ is absolutely breathtaking. It starts off with some sort of Middle Eastern string instrument, then gradually progresses in a superb way. There is so much to be uncovered, with the crazy amounts of synthlines, and charming vocals. It definitely is one of The Prodigy’s best, and is one of the best on the album. The song itself is highly Trance influenced. ‘Climbatize’ has that House feel to it, and the last tune ‘Fuel My Fire’ is ridiculously chaotic. The drumming pattern is intense, and has diverse loops.
So really, The Fat of the Land is a definite Electronic essential. Comparing this to the amount of amazing Electronic releases in the 90’s and early 00’s, this stands in the same field. To this day The Fat of the Land is still very fun to listen to and to this day is still highly influential.