Prophets of Rage

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Prophets of Rage FAN­TASY/CARO­LINE ★★★★★

“A soundtrack for the re­sis­tance” is how this col­lec­tive, fea­tur­ing mem­bers of Rage Against the Ma­chine, Pub­lic En­emy and Cy­press Hill, are sell­ing their de­but al­bum. But it’s dif­fi­cult to imag­ine mil­lions march­ing on Wash­ing­ton to the sounds of this re­heated 20-year-old rap-rock. Noth­ing here comes re­motely close to the sonic and lyri­cal ur­gency that first bub­bled up on RATM or Pub­lic En­emy’s de­buts. Lyri­cally, there’s a sense of sloven­li­ness to the slo­ga­neer­ing. Oc­ca­sion­ally, a hint of past glo­ries glints through, as when Chuck D com­pares Trump to another race-bait­ing politi­cian with the droll line “By Ge­orge, he’s the new Wal­lace” (on Hail to the Chief). But this is a revo­lu­tion that feels sani­tised. Gwilym Mum­ford

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