Fatboy Slim Youve Come A Long Way Baby

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Fatboy Slim 's debut album, Better Living Through Chemistry , was one of the surprises of the big beat revolution of -- an eclectic blowout, all tracked to thunderous loops and masterminded by Norman Cook , a former member of the British pop band the Housemartins. It might not have been as startlingly fresh as the Chemical Brothers , but the hard-hitting beats and catchiness, not to mention consistency, of Better Living was a shock, and it raised expectations for Fatboy Slim 's second album, You've Come a Long Way, Baby.

And that record itself was something of a surprise, since it not only exceeded the expectations set by the debut, but came damn close to being the definitive big beat album, rivaling the Chemicals ' second record, Dig Your Own Hole. The difference is, Cook is a record geek with extensive knowledge and eclectic tastes. His juxtapositions -- the album swings from hip-hop to reggae to jangle pop, and then all combines into one sound -- are wildly original, even if the music itself doesn't break through the confines of big beat.

Then again, when a record is this forceful and catchy, it doesn't need to break new stylistic ground -- the pleasure is in hearing a master work.

And there's no question that Cook is a master of sorts -- You've Come a Long Way, Baby is a seamless record, filled with great imagination, unexpected twists and turns, huge hooks, and great beats.

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