Thursday, November 10, 2005

Whenever You See A Cop Beating A Guy...

Rage Against The Machine – Renegades

So after The Battle of Los Angeles came out Rage quickly released this covers album before breaking up. It's their least interesting album, but it's still better than you'd expect from a quick throwaway release.

They cover a wide variety of bands on this album, and it's impressive how they manage to make them all sound like Rage, from rap acts like EPMD to Bruce Springsteen. The best tracks are spread liberally across genres, Cypress Hill's How I Could Just Kill A Man and Bob Dylan's Maggie's Farm are two of the best, along with Beautiful World by Devo, which is surprisingly subdued (for Rage, not Devo).

Again, the songs are dominated by Zack's passionate vocals, the rest of the band seem to be practicing for their future of being a passionless backing tape for a shameless sellout, but never mind, the tracks are still cleverly interpreted and it's a good listen. Not quite as good a career ender as The Battle of Los Angeles but worthwhile nonetheless.

See also: The Battles of Los Angeles and Evil Empire

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