The Prodigy - Music for the Jilted Generation (1994) Review


Breakbeat, Acid Rave

1994

With Jilted.., the Prodigy established a midpoint between the feel-good rave that gave them their early hits and the ugly, grinding breakbeats that would define their latter-day work. While eminently danceable old-school rave singles like "No Good (Start the Dance)" venerate their past, the bulk of the album takes on a nasty new tone with metallic guitars on "Their Law" and "Voodoo People", the latter of which lifts the opening riff from Nirvana's "Very Ape").

Howlett also delves into sinister ambient electronica with the 3-part "Narcotic Suite". Industrial fans will perk up with the hyper-kinetic opener "Break and Enter", while the earth-shattering bass loops on "Poison" would precede the bigger hip-hop footprint that would appear on future releases.