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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 1900)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: XL
  • ASIN: B000026XSY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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Crawling out of the end of the rave scene, the Prodigy's second album went straight in at number one in the charts. All the tracks have the unique stamp of Liam Howlett and the boys, from the hypnotic atmosphere of aggression and attitude on "Poison" and "Voodoo People" to the guitar-driven "Their Law" (featuring the now defunct Pop Will Eat Itself) and the breakbeat tech-house of "No Good (Start the Dance)". One of the few dance acts to retain underground credibility and huge mainstream popularity, Music For The Jilted Generation shows The Prodigy at their best. Any modern music collection seems barren without its presence. --Ed Potton

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It was their chart-topping 1996 single, 'Firestarter', that first took up lighter and aerosol and burnt the name of The Prodigy - and the piercing-covered gurn of Keith Flint - onto the national consciousness. But if you want to mark the point this gang of Essex ravers first learnt to unite the chemical rush of acid house and the anti-authority attitude that had hitherto been the preserve of black-clad anarcho-punks like Crass and their ilk, not loved-up glowstick twirlers, look back a couple of years to their 1994 album Music For The Jilted Generation.

Recorded against the backdrop of the Criminal Justice Act, the '94 legislation that effectively criminalised outdoor raving - 'How can the government stop young people from having a good time?', reads a note on the inner sleeve -Music! simmers with righteous, adrenalised anger, rave pianos and pounding hardcore breakbeats augmented by gnarly punk guitar, wailing sirens and on 'Break And Enter', the sound of shattering glass. At no point is this merely a band coasting on edgy vibes and bad attitude, though; rather, this is a record that saw Prodigy mainman Liam Howlett maturing as a producer, increasing his palette of sounds and instruments without diluting The Prodigy's insolent rush, and simultaneously smash 'n' grabbing from a diverse range of influences that would be neatly integrated into the band's design.

On 'Their Law', a guesting Pop Will Eat Itself supply a vitriolic vocal aimed at the powers that be. The knuckle-scraping guitar riff from Nirvana's 'Very Ape' forms the scuzzy chassis to the flute-augmented 'Voodoo People'. And 'No Good (Start The Dance)', with its Kelly Charles vocal hook, proves that despite The Prodigy's punk snarl, their pop impulse remained intact.

Best track here, though, is the immortal call-and-response track 'Poison', marking MC Maxim Reality's on the microphone. And in a surprising nod to the emerging phenomenon of the chill-out room, Howlett divides the album's final three tracks off into 'The Narcotic Suite', a spacey, synthesiser-powered closing stretch that closes the album like a valium comedown. Anyone who called The Prodigy a one-trick pony clearly never heard this. --Louis Pattison

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Format: Audio CD
When I first listened to Music for the Jilted Generation in 1994 it was unlike any album I had ever heard. 14 years later there is still nothing which comes close to the intensity, aggression and dark cinematic vision which is contained in every second of this record.

This edition has been remastered and and comes with a second CD of exclusive remixes and live tracks. For me the second CD is a bonus the real excitement came from realising the remastering was far from a gimmick. The album has a new polish which takes it to an even higher intensity of listening. Minor details now leap out with incredible clarity and sparkle with the overall sounds capes feeling even richer and more vibrant than before.

Additionally in the 1994 version of the album the intro to the song "The Heat the Energy" was tagged onto the back of the preceding song "speedway". This was an interesting idea but thankfully the track start point has been edited for this edition and the intro is now part of the main song.

This version of the album only compounds my love for it and seals it as the most original and compelling record I have ever heard.
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I bought it the week it was released back in '94 in my student days. I loved it right from the start and with each play it just sounded better. My favourite track is No Good (Start the Dance). How many nights did I spend on the dance floor in the Union sweating like a pig to that track?. I do like modern dance music but there's nothing like the power and agression of the Prodigy to give my speakers a good work-out and take me down memory lane to the days when I was so skint I had to make a pint last at least 2 hours.
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By D. Moss VINE VOICE on 19 Feb. 2004
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The second Prodigy album, following on from the original Experience, showed that Liam Howlett had outgrown the crowd-pleasing rave that people previously associated with The Prodigy. Moving away from the toy-town simplicity of Charly was a brave move, but one that paid off. With such a varied collection of tracks on display here, it doesn't seem fair to generalise, so I won't.
1. Intro- As you'd expect, there is little point to it, but the Intro to Jilted contains a clear message- the Prodigy were going back underground.
2. Break & Enter- The last link to Experience, B&A sounds the closest to any of the early Prodigy records, but it's a much more sophisticated beast, slower and more refined, and without the cheesiness.
3. Their Law- Clearly forshadowing the direction the Prodigy were to go, Their Law is an anarchist anthem that puts a middle finger up to definition. Hard rock riffs, a cracking bassline and some excellent vocals: "F**k em, and their law". I'm not sure what genre of music this goes under, but I do know it's one hell of a tune.
4. Full Throttle- Filler, pure and simple. Howlett probably knocked this one out in five minutes, and it seems like an unhealthy throwback compared to the next track.
5. Voodoo People- The highlight of the entire album, and possibly of the entire Prodigy career. Imagine a hardcore record, but with heavy metal guitar riffs, strong acid sounds and the most killer beat you could imagine and you're almost there. The hardest Prodigy single, filled with aggression and rhythmn.
6. Speedway (Theme From Fastlane)- Prog house? Hardcore? Trance? Once again, its impossible to classify this one, but it sticks largely to 4/4 beats. One of my favourite Prodigy tracks, and I feel one of the most under-rated.
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PRODIGYS 2nd album and the one that made them stars. Definetely aimed at the Rave scene it also appealed to Rockers like me and the Alternative scene in general. Its dance music any fan of music likes. It cost me next to note at Zoverstocks go get it.
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More brilliant than ever after four years. I came late to this album, unaware of its commercial success. It's now more than six years old, and easily outshines any dance album of today in its variety and depth. Unlike Experience and The Fat of the Land, every piece is a soundtrack to a distinct and moving theme. Aggressive and heavy, chill and spaced-out, and funky all at the same time and with catchy yet subtle samples to entertain further. I am frequently hooked on a particular track for the umpteenth time as a rhythm or melody leaps out to present a new angle to listening.
After so much exposure to 'Jilted', I now find virtually all club music dull, simplistic and repetitive. If it was all put together with such style and finesse, the world would be a more inspired and intelligent place.
If you only ever buy one 'dance' album , buy this one. It's probably all you'll ever need.
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Music For the Jilted Generation shows a transition from the quirky all out dance sounds of their first album Experience (ie "Charly", "Wind It Up") to the deep angst big beats of Fat Of the Land. The last four tracks, starting with "One Love" seem to go back to the influences of their previous album. While "Voodoo People", "No Good" and especially "Poison" show where they were headed. So where are the weaknesses that usually occur when artists change their technique/style? There are none, this is a perfect and thoroughly enjoyable album made better all the better by the variation.
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