Renegades - Rage Against the Machine
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
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  1. The group's relatively unheralded musicians (guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford, and drummer Brad Wilk) have developed into such a nimble and cohesive unit that they'd sound pretty exciting even without someone spewing rapid fire invective over their grooves.
  2. The most penetrating and engaging album of their career...
  3. An outrageously accomplished and daring album-
  4. 80
    This crisp, Rick Rubin-produced outing packs away a machine that was well-oiled to the last. [Jan. 2001, p.107]
  5. Renegades' is a formidable parting shot. A Rick Rubin-produced collection of 12 cover versions selected to show the breadth of Rage's influences, it's an object lesson in being both inspired by musical history and remoulding it in your own shape.
  6. 70
    De la Rocha's rabid diatribes occasionally go overboard, particularly on the tracks (Eric B & Rakim's "Microphone Fiend" and Minor Threat's "In My Eyes," for example) that feed into the band's sometimes one-dimensional rap-metal groove. But when the band steps out of character -- as it does during its rudimentary take on MC5's "Kick Out the Jams" or its pacific reading of "Beautiful World" -- the results can seem truly transcendent.
  7. Those lying closest to their own unsubtle ouevre, ie the Minor Threat and Cypress Hill tracks, are as crunching as die-hards could hope for. But the arch sneer of The Rolling Stones' Street Fighting Man and Bob Dylan's Maggie's Farm are predictably reduced to chalkboard lessons in "angry".

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. David
    Aug 11, 2007
    Just a great album by a legendary band! What I love about this album is how Rage was able to cover songs that originally were not from the same genre which makes this album by far is the most experimental and unique record that they've ever released. Personally, I think this is their second best album next to their self-titled debut. Expand
  2. PunkyBrewster
    Jul 21, 2004
    Every time Rage come's out with a new album it's always more energy filled then the next. When I heard their rendition of Maggie's Farm I was floored by how well they did it. When I heard it was all covers I wasn't to sure about that, but they deffinetly pulled it off. Before this album the only band who I thought did covers better then the original was Red Hot Chili Peppers. Rage is right up top there on my list of greatest bands. When the break down comes in Renegades of Funk it makes you want to dance. Much energy was put into the making of this album and much energy is what I got out of this. You must buy this album. Expand
  3. RogerR.
    Nov 18, 2001
    One of the best RATM albums!!!!
  4. Walla
    Dec 18, 2005
    The kick ass tribute album we have all been waiting for. The adapted music is amazing and Zack de La Rocha is better than ever.
  5. AdrianR
    Nov 25, 2006
    If there's one thing that comes out loud and clear in Rage's music, it's that they aren't politicaly driven by any clear ideology, and they aren't a capitalist device for brainwashing impessionable youth like I've heard some ppl say. Renegades proves they're just a massively talented group of core rockers who like to challenge the status quo. It's about not being satisfied with mediocrity and apathy. Somehow they don't quite come full circle or prove a definative statement, but they do provide some unreal headbangers to enjoy regardless of your social beliefs or situation. Expand
  6. Aug 23, 2011
    You need to hear Rage at all cost, forget about their controversial themes and stuff like that. Their last album went as a bullet in the head a mind blowing sensation. Expand
  7. CoryK
    Jan 2, 2003
    As a Rage fan, I must say that this album dissapointed me. In terms of "career album rank" I'd say it ranks 4 of 4. 1. Self-Titled 2. Evil Empire 3. Battle of Los Angeles 4. Renegades. Expand

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