Music for the Jilted Generation
2 x LP
2008 EU repress on 2LP set = The subsequent range of styles, tempos & flavours on 1994 'Music For The Jilted Generation', was breathtaking; from the darkly brooding delinquency of 'Break & Enter' to the hard & fast techno metal of 'Their Law' ...
Release date 28-06-2008 (originally released in 1994)
2008 EU repress on 2LP set = The subsequent range of styles, tempos & flavours on 'Music For The Jilted Generation', was breathtaking; from the darkly brooding delinquency of 'Break & Enter' to the hard & fast techno metal of 'Their Law' [featuring Pop Will Eat Itself] and from the up tempo techno soundtrack rush of 'Speedway' to the down tempo b-boy grooves of 'Poison'; presented in a picture sleeve with picture inners
A2 Break & Enter
A3 Their Law
A4 Full Throttle
B1 Voodoo People
B2 Speedway (Theme From 'Fastlane')
B3 The Heat (The Energy)
C2 No Good (Start The Dance)
C3 One Love (Edit)
The Narcotic Suite
D1 3 Kilos
D3 Claustrophobic Sting
The Prodigy’s response to the sweeping legislation and crackdown on raves contained in 1994’s Criminal Justice Bill is an effective statement of intent. Pure sonic terrorism, Music for the Jilted Generation employs the same rave energy that charged their debut, Experience, but yokes it to a cause other than massive drug intake. Compared to their previous work, the sound is grubbier and less reliant on samples; the effect moved The Prodigy away from the American-influenced rave and acid house of the past and toward a uniquely British vision of breakbeat techno that was increasingly allied to the limey invention of drum’n’bass.
As on Experience, there are so many great songs here that first-time listeners would be forgiven for thinking of a greatest hits compilation instead of a proper studio album. After a short intro, the shattering of panes of glass on “Break & Enter” catapults the album ahead with a propulsive flair. Each of the four singles, “Voodoo People,” “Poison,” “No Good (Start the Dance),” and “One Love,” are excellent, though album tracks like “Speedway” and “Their Law” (with help from Pop Will Eat Itself) don’t slip up either. If Experience seemed like an excellent fluke, Music for the Jilted Generation is the album that announced The Prodigy were on the charts to stay. Long out of print, XL Recordings now reissues the original album on double LP.
Label: XL Recordings
Originally released: 1994
This release: 2008