#418: The Battle of Los Angeles by Rage Against the Machine


The Battle of Los Angeles by Rage Against the Machine (1999)

Favorite Track(s): "Calm Like A Bomb"

Thoughts: (Pre-listening) Do I have to? Of course not, it's my own stupid new year's resolution, no one's forcing me. I'd just really rather not. It's nothing personal, I just feel like any band with the word 'rage' in it isn't going to be my cup of tea. I'm not against expressing anger in music, I'm just more against that being the only emotion in it. Which is a huge pre-judgment on my part. I have no idea what their music is like. So here we go!

(Post-listening) Ok, I can see someone using music from this album for scoring action/violent scenes in movies or TV. Or to listen to if you're just really pissed off...? It was funkier than I thought it would be, and Zack de la Rocha is a talented rapper, so I'll give the album that. But each song sounded like the before it. Scratchy guitar and yelling and repeat.

This album couldn't touch the musical craftsmanship, originality and timelessness of at least 30 of the albums below it on this list, in my opinion.

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