RISE AGAINST – RPM10 (Revolutions Per Minute 10th Anniversary Edition)

reviewed by Garrett Lyons | Monday, August 5th, 2013

Rise Against "RPM10"RPM10 is the 10th anniversary reissue of Rise Against‘s 2003 breakthrough album Revolutions Per Minute that established Rise Against as a leading voice in the 2000s’ wave of punk rock. At this point, reviewing the original album is going to feel like preaching to a choir. Everything punk fans know and love about Rise Against — from the politically charged lyrics, to the brilliant vocals, to the proficient guitar work — was laid out in full in Revolutions Per Minute. What RPM10 adds to the pot is the addition of 10 demo versions of the album tracks.

While normally this should be exciting, what it really comes out sounding like is a lo-fi version of the same record tacked on to the back. The mixes have no real perceptible differences from the final version, any change in arrangement is subtle at best, and frankly, it feels like the same album again with no new insights added. While RPM10 will be a good addition for those diehard Rise Against fans who need everything the band ever recorded, those who are not quite so obsessive would get away just fine enjoying the greatness of the original release.

(Fat Wreck Chords, 2196 Palou Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94124)

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