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If Renegades proves to be the last Rage Against the Machine album to feature singer Zack de la Rocha, who quit the band after nine years, it's a cool way to go out. Produced by Rick Rubin, Renegades is a salute to the artists who made Rage what they are--or were. While it's easy to hear Rage's rap roots in songs from Afrika Bambaataa, EPMD, and Volume 10, it's more interesting to see their take on rock in its classic and punk forms. Rage capture the raw spirit, if not the quite the intensity, inherent in the MC5 classic "Kick Out the Jams." A superior second live take appears at the CD's end, followed by a concert version of Cypress Hill's "How I Could Just Kill a Man," with help from B-Real and Sen Dog. Devo's "Beautiful World" is rendered quietly unrecognizable, while Minor Threat's "In My Eyes" is given a wonderfully melodic, ultra-aggro treatment. The Rolling Stones'"Street Fighting Man" takes on a techno vibe that's unsettling and Bob Dylan's "Maggie's Farm" is also effectively modernized. Ultimately, Renegades is a must-have for its song selection, musical execution, and the unhappy fact that it's likely the ultimate offering from one of rock's most musically and politically relevant lineups. --Katherine Turman

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tracklisting: Microphone Fiend
Pistol Grip Pump
Kick Out The Jams
Renegades Of Funk
Beautiful World
I'm Housin'
In My Eyes
How I Could Just Kill A Man
The Ghost Of Tom Joad
Down On The Street
Street Fighting Man
Maggie's Farm
Bonus Track 01
Bonus Track 02
title: Renegades
purchase date: 19-02-2006
publisher: Sony
published: 05-12-2000
price: $13.98
net Rating: 4.5
last lookup time: 162092800
genre: Alternative Metal
Rap Rock
Alternative Rock
Hard Rock & Metal
fullTitle: Renegades
currentValue: $5.30
created: 162092736
country: us
aspect: Audio CD
Explicit Lyrics
Extra tracks
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artist: Rage Against the Machine