While lurching toward middle age, I expected my hard rock, mosh pitted past to mellow, and that I would have better appreciation for James Taylor and Carole King's "Troubadours: The rise of the Singer-Songwriter" CD, which was wildly popular. Instead, "Appeal to Reason" by Rise Against frequents my CD player.
Rise Against is a band with an ax to grind. You can hear the weapon being honed in the background of every song. "From Heads Unworthy" contains the line "Read you like a polygraph/Not one single bone in your back." "Re-education (through Labor)" belts out:
I won't crawl on my knees for you
I won't believe the lies that hide the truth
I won't sweat one more drop for you
'Cuz we are the rust upon your gears
We are the insects in your ears
The fast, aggressive music of Rise Against doesn't dampen the social conscience bite of their lyrics as they rail about greed, deforestation, and abuse of power. This band is reminiscent of Bob Dylan in his angry days or U2 at their most politically defiant. Perhaps the attraction of Rise Against has less to do with my age and more to do with the age in which we live.
--Cindy F., Headquarters