In a time where the average teenager is bombarded with inane and worhtless products such as MTV's The Newlyweds, and horrible excuses for movies like "Love Don't Co$t a Thing," Rage Against the Machine proved that the average young adult understands and even cares about deep political and social issues. Every song is rooted with something that the entire band, most of all Zach De La Rocha, feels very passionately about. It's almost impossible to find this kind of passion and intenisty in music. RATM goes beyond the normal musical spectrum to fuel the activist and protestor inside all of us. There's no way you can listen to Bombtrack, Killing in the Name, Bull's on Parade, or No Shelter without being inspired to take action. The standout songs are Bull's On Parade, Bombtrack, Killing in the Name, Guerilla Radio, and People of the Sun. To fully appreciate the aspect of Rage Against The Machien you would've had to experience them live. That is why of all their albums I like this one the best. Even if you're not a Rage fan, you have to recognize the sheer intensity and raw power of their concerts. No band since MC5 has embodied the spirit of the socially conscious youth like Rage Against the Machine.
The lyrics, although being a live album can be hard to understand at times, are where the real power lies. "Coca-Cola was back in the veins of Saigon, Rambo troops with a dope pair of Nike's on." But even if you're not a fan of lyrics, and enjoy the roaring of electric guitar, then this too is also the album for you. Tom Morello is the modern god of the guitar and a legend all in his own.
I give this CD 5 stars and I really think you should go out to get it. I also would reccomend the DVD that goes along with this, but if you buy any Rage Against the Machine DVD's make sure they're official ones from the band, not boot-legged knock offs.