Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman – “The Fabled City”

Album Reviews | Oct 23rd, 2008

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Record Label: Sony BMG
Genre: Folk Rock
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Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine & Audioslave adds his name to the Nightwatchman solo act with this latest CD. Originally he was just considered The Nightwatchman, and maybe no one knew he was the Nightwatchman?

Tom wanted to create an alter ego and play music for the people so the result is The Nightwatchman’s folk rock music. I actually never really heard much from Morello’s solo act but I was curious because of his leftist political views. But this album isn’t a straight up folk rock album, because there’s a mixture of alternative, Indie and acoustic rock in there as well.

As someone who’s never really listen to Tom Morello’s solo stuff, this album had some promising songs. I like the different styles he does, but sounds like he’s still trying to find his sound. I’m not particularly a fan of his vocals on some songs and think he’s trying too hard to sound like Nick Cave (Night Falls). I wish he wrote more songs like the upbeat The Lights are on in Spidertown than the previous song I mentioned. There’s a nice Spanish guitar (?) solo on the album and it’s my favorite track on the album. If you’re a fan of Rage Against The Machine, you might not like this. If fact, I think you won’t like this but if you like folk music; listen to Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman.

Bottom Line: Some decent songs but I’m not entirely a fan of his vocals
Notable Tracks: Whatever It Takes, The Lights Are On In Spidertown, Saint Isabelle, The Iron Wheel
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