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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Rage Against the Machine
The Battle of Los Angeles
Epic Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
As great as I think it is for a totally mainstream band to be based solely in politics yet be very listenable, I just can't shake this nagging that there is something fake about Rage Against the Machine. I haven't figured it out, and there really isn't time to do so because here they come again, blastin' out ya stereo with their political agenda, telling ya how it is that the man is controlling ya with the products that he's selling ya. All while making millions of dollars for Epic records. Nice.

The truth is that without the politics Rage would be nothing, which everyone knows. Sure, Tom Morello does some cool shit with his guitar, but he's been doing the same cool shit for years now. Where Evil Empire was barely distinguishable from its predicessor, Los Angeles is wholely indistinguishable. These guys sound exactly the same now as what they did six years ago, the infectious shout of "Bullet in your head" replaced with "Now Testify" and the same "Ugh" and "Yeah" peppering throughout each song. When "Guerrilla Radio" first hit the airwaves I thought it was an outtake of the first album. The only thing sadder than the fact that they're going nowhere musically is the fact that the Limp Bizkit listening suburban schmucks they're preaching to could care less about places like the Chiapas and Sierra Leone. I wonder how many members of his white mallrat army Zach De la Rocha actually thinks know or care who Mumia Abu Jamal is.

All in all though, you can't dismiss Rage Against the Machine. They're trying to reach some people and change a few minds, although in a very odd and almost comically hypocritical way. And honestly I'll take the hate-the-man rock of "Calm Like a Bomb" over some tired ass Get Up Kids shit any day.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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