|Fatboy Slim - You've Come a Long Way, Baby|
|Music Disc Reviews Audio CD|
|Written by Jason Karsh|
|Tuesday, 20 October 1998|
| Performance 8.5 | Sound 9 |
You actually heard a song from Fatboy's last album 'Better Living Through Chemistry,' you just don't remember it. Don't worry, ever since they invented television all of our memories have suffered. Still, 'Chemistry' wasn't quite fully developed yet. It was, perhaps just a few beakers short of a set. However, 'Baby' has found the missing element.
If the term 'cacophony' could ever be used in a good way, we would use it for this album. If Slim ever got the chance to record in 5.1 surround sound he might just drive you insane. There are so many different sounds contained in these songs, it's remarkable, yet even with the mayhem he brings, there is an absolute accessibility to these numbers that is unmistakable. In fact, if there is one failing in this album it might be that the hooks on 'Baby' are too accessible.
Still, for an album that attempts to straddle the line between mainstream alternative and house/groove music, 'Baby' survives with relative ease. If it errs anywhere it does so on the side of just being concerned with beats and little more. Yet, this could finally be the album that all those house/techno/jungle DJ's have been waiting for. An album which opens up a mainstream audience to a music that isn't about a lyric, it's about a vibe.