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Classic Album Review: Prodigy | Baby’s Got a Temper

Liam Howlett & co. offer a grinding groove straight from the dancefloors of ’97.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


What a difference five years makes.

When Prodigy put out their last original studio album — 1997’s breakthrough The Fat of the Land — electronica was still the Next Big Thing. Now it’s the Last Failed Trend. But that hasn’t discouraged mastermind Liam Howlett and his cronies one iota. Baby’s Got a Temper, the first single from the band’s long-awaited followup to Fat, makes it clear the lads are still willing to smack their bitch up — if not change their pitch up any. Constructed of creepy serial-killer keyboards and squelching synths, a stabbing bass line, the expectedly thwacking beatbox and a punky vocal, Baby’s Got a Temper is a grinding groove straight from the dancefloors of ’97. It may not be the Next Big Thing, but it surely is the Next Great Prodigy Single.