Prodigy was always the dumb jock to Fatboy Slim's frat boy—pumped up, single-minded and wrapped in neon-colored tracksuits. The trio debuted at No.

Prodigy was always the dumb jock to Fatboy Slim's frat boy—pumped up, single-minded and wrapped in neon-colored tracksuits. The trio debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in 1997 with its third set, "The Fat of the Land." In the ensuing years, the group issued a disappointing single, "Baby's Got a Temper." Meanwhile, the U.S. mainstream lost its taste for the Prodigy's signature big-beat style. All the more reason to marvel at its return, "Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned," a guilty pleasure that has topped the U.K. album charts. Prodigy's Liam Howlett grafts thundering beats onto electro, hip-hop and even Arabic sounds. He shamelessly courts the lowest common denominator, from brash opener "Spitfire" (which recalls previous smash "Firestarter" in more than just the title) to final track "Shoot Down," a chaotic rave-up featuring guest vocalist Liam Gallagher.—JM

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