Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars is the third studio album by British big beat musician Fatboy Slim. It was released on 6 November 2000 through Skint Records. It features Macy Gray, Ashley Slater, Bootsy Collins, Roland Clark, Jim Morrison, and Roger Sanchez as guest contributors. The album’s title is an allusion to the Oscar Wilde quote “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”.
This album is almost perfect, and contains one of my all-time favourite tracks “Demons” featuring Macy Gray. In many respects, I’d say this album is when Fatboy Slim turned a corner and became much more of a ‘creditable’ artist. Though I am not saying his work was rubbish before this album, far from it, but I feel this was a landmark album; where he had polished his craft and grown as an artist.
Now, to be balanced, for me, the only downfall is the track “Sunset (Bird of Prey)” [track 3] – which even to this day, I haven’t been able to enjoy. Overall, this is a wicked album, with an eclectic mix of sounds and moods.
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