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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. Alternative Press
    80
    A tour through three decades of sonic recalcitrance, Renegades is the genome map of seditious sound. [#151, p.90]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  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: 26 out of 28
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  1. Dec 23, 2021
    10
    Rage Against the Machine's self-titled album is a record that pretty much everyone was waiting for, so it's only right that its follow-up,Rage Against the Machine's self-titled album is a record that pretty much everyone was waiting for, so it's only right that its follow-up, Renegades, is one that no one expected. Certainly, the album has a strong RATM foundation -- Tom Morello's trademark staccato riffing, Zach de la Rocha's howling lyrics, and Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk's powerful drumming -- but it also has a guest list as long as your arm, including Chuck D, B-Real, and Tim Armstrong. The result is a record that sounds like a blend of the rap-metal RATM, the Cypress Hill-meets-Metallica genre-busting Antrax, and the general alternative rock of the post-Y2K world. There are even traces of de la Rocha's 1996 side project, One Day as a Lion, a collaboration with Wilk and Commerford, in a handful of the songs. That's why it's frustrating that so much of Renegades sounds like generic alt-rock, since there are enough left turns and left-field collaborations to make the record pretty exciting. The two standout collaborations are "How I Could Just Kill a Man," a collaboration with Chuck D that is not only the most original song on the record, but one of the best of the band's career; and "Maggie's Farm," a harrowingly raw and intense jam session with John Doe and Exene Cervenka. Of course, if Renegades had been the Rage Against the Machine follow-up that the world expected, it probably would have been a more consistent effort, but it's still an album that's more than worth hearing. Expand
  2. MikeP
    Sep 20, 2005
    10
    I honestly think that RAGe dida fantastic job with this album. Hearing the originals just wont cut it for me anymore. Every song that Rage I honestly think that RAGe dida fantastic job with this album. Hearing the originals just wont cut it for me anymore. Every song that Rage covers is excellent. At first i was upset that they didn't write any new songs but then after listening to the album over and over again i became more and more aware of the fact that turn classic songs into something differant (and in my opion better) is much cooler. The only sad thing about Rage is that they no longer exist but they will always be my favorite band to play at any occasion. Expand
  3. RogerR.
    Nov 18, 2001
    10
    One of the best RATM albums!!!!
  4. 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. Expand
  5. AdrianQ
    Mar 29, 2005
    9
    Another great album from one of the greatest bands in recent history. Far beyond the tiresome 'Nu Metal' of other imposters this Another great album from one of the greatest bands in recent history. Far beyond the tiresome 'Nu Metal' of other imposters this displays the perfect amalgamation of hip hop and heavy guitar driven rock. Oh and Cory are you trying to rate rage albums or just list them in chronological order? Expand
  6. JayDee
    Jun 3, 2007
    9
    Quality, i just cant get enough of the funky beats mixed with meaningful lyrics, Morello and Commerford is like a match made in heaven.
  7. CoryK
    Jan 2, 2003
    5
    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. 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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