As part of Amazon’s $2.99 MP3 album deals for February 2013, Rage Against The Machine’s XX (20th Anniversary Edition) is on sale for less than $3. That’s right, for only $2.99 you can own one of my favorite albums of all time. Totally remastered for a new generation, these digital versions sound far better than the originals.
I’m not usually one for remastered albums, but I gave the first track a listen and had to take the plunge. For me, Rage Against The Machine stands out as one of the truly great rock bands of the 1990s. I always thought of them as more hardcore than rock/rap, but one thing is for sure, their music is definitely recognizable. If a RATM song is playing, you know it immediately… Tom Morello‘s wicked guitar riffs and vocalist Zach de la Rocha‘s unique voice bombard your ears and lay siege to your soul. XX is packed with political diatribes focused on capitalism, corporate greed, and governmental oppression. This is the quintessential Rage album, as it really embodies what they represent and expresses their displeasure in no uncertain terms.
First off, my favorite track is “Know Your Enemy” because of the bottled up anger you cannot just hear, but you can also feel. “Freedom” is probably their most famous song, as it got loads of (well deserved) airtime and the video was shown everywhere for months…it speaks directly to flaws they see in our justice system. Other tunes like “Bullet In The Head” and “Killing In The Name” are also quite popular and just as emotionally potent. Truth be told, there really aren’t any substandard tracks on this 20th Anniversary Edition. If you want something that still holds its own after two decades, then this is it. I keep over half of these on standard rotation in my playlists. There’s something for everyone here, unless you have something against freethinking and great music.
On a side note, the three live tracks are a perfect representation of their on-stage performances. I can personally attest to this since I’ve seen them a few times, including Lalapalooza 1993. Yeah, I’m bragging a bit, but it was awesome and I couldn’t help it. Remember: “Anger is a gift!”
Browse all the MP3 albums on sale right now for only $2.99 each, as well as the 100 MP3 albums on sale through the end of the month for only $5 each.
1. Bombtrack (Remastered)
2. Killing In The Name (Remastered)
3. Take The Power Back (Remastered)
4. Settle For Nothing (Remastered)
5. Bullet In The Head (Remastered)
6. Know Your Enemy (Remastered)
7. Wake Up (Remastered)
8. Fistful Of Steel (Remastered)
9. Township Rebellion (Remastered)
10. Freedom (Remastered)
11. Bombtrack (Live)
12. Bullet In The Head (Live)
13. Take The Power Back (Live)
Note – when you purchase MP3s through Amazon, it stores your purchases to Amazon’s Cloud Drive; from there you can stream the music right from their online player. Also, if you have a Kindle Fire, your MP3 purchases will automatically be available for you to stream on your device. All your purchases are backed up and available for you to download at any time. You can download the files to your computer to load to an MP3 device and to your iTunes account if you have one. If you’d like to gift these MP3 purchases, you can – just click the “Give album or song as gift” button on the right on the product page. From there you enter the recipient’s email address and then select either specific songs to gift or the entire album.