Renegades - Rage Against the Machine
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  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. As could be expected, the set works best when the group focuses on material from its most recent forebears: rappers and hardcore bands.
  5. Not only do Rage understand the sweep of rock and rap history, but they had bold and unusual ways of tearing that history up.
  6. A tour through three decades of sonic recalcitrance, Renegades is the genome map of seditious sound. [#151, p.90]
  7. A feisty set of primarily thrash-hop covers of socially and politically charged hip-hop, pop, rock, and punk jams.
  8. 80
    This crisp, Rick Rubin-produced outing packs away a machine that was well-oiled to the last. [Jan. 2001, p.107]
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 70
    It's a kick to hear them hoist the MC5's "Kick Out The Jams" as a sexy freak flag and drop an honest-to-God fresh conga break into Afrika Bambaataa's "Renegades of Funk." [2/2001, p.106]
  12. By definition, it's not essential: Many of the originals (Minor Threat's "In My Eyes," MC5's "Kick Out The Jams," Dylan's "Maggie's Farm," and so on) were for all intents and purposes perfect, making Rage-style covers seem like little more than curiosities. It's at its best during its more radical reworkings, from hip-hop songs (Eric B & Rakim's "Microphone Fiend," Cypress Hill's "How I Could Just Kill A Man") to an uncharacteristically soft-spoken Devo cover ("Beautiful World").
  13. 60
    Renegades is Rage's most satisfying record since their debut. [Jan 2001, p.104]
  14. From a pounding rendition of "Pistol Grip Pump" by West Coast hip-hoppers Volume 10, to a snarling, grunged-up assault on Bob Dylan's "Maggie's Farm", singer Zack de la Rocha and company deliver atomic thrills with revolutionary fervor. Still, anyone hungry for new insights into this uniquely righteous band, or looking for evidence of risk-taking, may feel shortchanged.
  15. 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".
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. May 16, 2013
    8
    Rage's worst album, but certainly still quality music no doubt. Some songs are just very odd and not usual for Rage and they are not thatRage's worst album, but certainly still quality music no doubt. Some songs are just very odd and not usual for Rage and they are not that good. Others I found to be very good. So in general not the best of RATM but certainly still a album nonetheless. Full Review »
  2. Aug 23, 2011
    9
    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 headYou 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. Full Review »
  3. David
    Aug 11, 2007
    10
    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 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. Full Review »