Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Jun 4, 2013
    100
    The real gold is in tracks that didn’t make the final album, such as the funked-up Autologic and a jazz workout, Darkness Of Greed.
  2. Under The Radar
    Jan 3, 2013
    90
    For 50 minutes, Rage Against The Machine is in superb form, showing that its vision was strong from the start. [Jan-Feb 2013, p.92]
  3. Nov 29, 2012
    90
    Overall, Rage Against the Machine has aged extremely well.
  4. Nov 29, 2012
    90
    Ultimately, if there's any disappointment to be had with this near-perfect album, it's that it still towers above subsequent efforts as the unequivocal climax of Rage Against the Machine's vision. As such, it remains absolutely essential.
  5. Nov 29, 2012
    90
    Rage Against the Machine's 1992 debut is a grenade that keeps exploding.... Remastered to museum-clean standards, the reissued album comes with DVDs of holy-shit live shows and music videos, plus demos that prove just how down and detailed the group had every song (even if Morello still couldn't resist changing solos).
  6. Feb 7, 2013
    89
    Zack de la Rocha's fevered shout doesn't sound any more graceful now than it did then, but Tom Morello's riffs still cook, the grooves still burn.
  7. Uncut
    Jan 3, 2013
    80
    The expanded set illustrates the inventiveness of their playing and the original template of their sound was a strong one--these were louder protest songs for a louder time. [Feb 2013, p.94]
  8. Kerrang!
    Jan 2, 2013
    80
    Rage Against The Machine's debut is still a record that would shock and shake foundations were it released today. [1 Dec 2012, p .48]
  9. Mojo
    Dec 17, 2012
    80
    This reissued debut reminds, they were a band better informed--and more thrilling--than most. [Jan 2013, p.106]
  10. Q Magazine
    Dec 11, 2012
    80
    The passage of time sometimes has a way of making youthful politicking seem naive, but not here. [Jan 2013, p.121]
  11. 80
    While the bonus material is nice, they won't likely reinvent people's appreciation for the record, which is more or less foolproof as it is. But the reissue should call people's attention back to a record that, over time, has only grown in stature as one of the most vital and enduring musical statements of its era.
  12. Dec 14, 2012
    70
    It's as well assembled as one could hope a box set of this type to be assembled. But the excessiveness of the content here suggests that this box set would have been better served in a career-spanning retrospective, not one limited to just the debut album.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 10, 2013
    10
    The disc of rough-around-the-edges demo tracks is worth the price of admission but this is a 90s classic in every way. I would've rated it aThe disc of rough-around-the-edges demo tracks is worth the price of admission but this is a 90s classic in every way. I would've rated it a straight 10 even if the reissue were just a remastering of the original 10-track release. Full Review »
  2. Dec 4, 2012
    10
    An absolute stone cold classic 90's album. Fueled by a palpable anger that is still relevant today, sad to say that 20 years later theAn absolute stone cold classic 90's album. Fueled by a palpable anger that is still relevant today, sad to say that 20 years later the government still serve themselves first and the people a distant second. Perhaps its naive to think politicians will ever change but at least you can rage against them. Beginning with Bombtrack, then straight into the anthem of the dissatisfied Killing in the name. Every song is a classic, an anthem and as an album it is close to perfect. So perfect in fact that Rage could never equal it or really come close to it. An astonishing debut, now packaged with the original album demo and a dvd showing the live energy of the band at their peak. Full Review »
  3. Feb 24, 2015
    10
    Powerful, shocking and still sounding completely fresh 20 years on. Arguably one of the greatest rock albums produced. Rage created a sound ofPowerful, shocking and still sounding completely fresh 20 years on. Arguably one of the greatest rock albums produced. Rage created a sound of their own, complemented with a dialogue consisting of strong political, anti-establishment sentiment. If you love music and don't own a copy of the original or re-release you should be ashamed! Full Review »