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#364: Rage Against the Machine by Rage Against the Machine

6.07.2011


Rage Against the Machine by Rage Against the Machine (1992)

Favorite Track(s): How about no.

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) If you've been reading along with my reviews, then you saw how I felt the last time we had Rage Against the Machine on here. I didn't despise the album with my whole being (*Cough*PUBLIC IMAGE LTD 's Metal Box*Cough*), but it certainly felt like one angsty-yelling-mess-of-lyrics-over-scratchy-guitar after another. This was my face upon realizing this album was next on the list, at THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY FOUR:

Wind in my hair and everything. Well, actually maybe it was more like this:

So in other words, I am not excited to hear this album. I am also not excited that it made it this far up the list. But...I am going to listen to it anyway. Rage Against the Machine, please surprise me.

(Post-Listening) Let's just be honest. My 'rage against the machine' music is Jefferson Airplane or CCR or Lennon or CSNY. I prefer my political statements in well-crafted and moving rock songs, rather than shouting over a beat that creates zero curiosity in me for what the lyrics are or what they mean. All I hear is We're mad as hell! Let's blow shit up! 'Cause we're mad about stuff! So let's set things on fire! over and over again. This music isn't raging against the machine, it's raging against my ears. Yes, I just wrote that and I guess it means I am officially an old person.

At one point I thought Zach de la Rocha was yelling "WAAAYYYYNNNNEEE'S WOOOORRRRLLLLDD" but it was actually just "wake up." What a let down.

Is This Better Than A Hard Day's Night?: No.

1 comment:

robert eggleton said...

I remember rage against the machine but can't find the title or lyric on J.A.

Also, please advertise Rarity from the Hollow, now on Amazon. It is supposed to be a hardback by June 30. But, if it’s not sold enough to qualify per Dog Horn Publishing in Leeds, England…. There are a lot of great reviews if one Googles the title. Half of proceeds go to Children’s Home Society of West Virginia to prevent child abuse where I live. Please………… Thank you, Robert Eggleton, robert_t@suddenlink.net