The Prodigy: World’s on Fire

The Prodigy: World’s on Fire
In the 90s, no dance group had the run of successful singles that The Prodigy did. Their breakthrough album, Fat of the Land, spawned the internationally successful singles “Firestarter”, “Breathe”, and “Smack My Bitch Up.” The album went two times platinum in the United States but the group was never able to duplicate that success. Internationally, the group remains a dance mainstay with their last two albums receiving silver and platinum status respectively in the UK. Upon the success of those albums, the group releases a live record, World’s on Fire.
The album was recorded live at the Warrior’s Dance Festival in Milton Keynes, UK. The Prodigy closed the festival, playing an hour long set. As expected the set included not only the group’s most successful American singles but their international hits like “Omen”, “Warrior’s Dance”, “Voodoo People”, “Invaders Must Die”, “Take Me to the Hospital”, and “Everybody in the Place.”
The question for Prodigy fans is not the set list; everyone knows the set list will be hit heavy. The question is: can one of the best live shows in dance music can be translated onto record? The obvious answer is “no, something is always lost in translation.” But for the medium, The Prodigy actual make World’s on Fire worth the money. The group creates an almost seamless set that never lets up the energy. While the listener would surely benefit from listening to the set amidst 65,000 sweaty, dancing, grinning fans, the listener can just as well feel the energy output by the group in their home.
Rating: 7.8/10
MP3: The Prodigy “Breathe (Live)”
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