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One Man Revolution

The NightwatchmanAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Tom Morello's debut solo album as The Nightwatchman, 'One Man Revolution - produced by Brendan O-Brien,' will be released April 24th by Epic Records. "One Man Revolution" features thirteen songs, with Tom on acoustic guitar and singing lead vocals for the first time ever. All songs were written by Morello. Tom has presided over a Tuesday night Nightwatchman residency in ... Read more in Amazon's The Nightwatchman Store

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  • Audio CD (April 24, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000NVJRBO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. California's Dark
2. One Man Revolution
3. Let Freedom Ring
4. The Road I Must Travel
5. The Garden of Gethsemane
6. House Gone Up In Flames
7. Flesh Shapes The Day
8. Battle Hymns
9. Maximum Firepower
10. Union Song
11. No One Left
12. The Dark Clouds Above
13. Until The End

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The Nightwatchman is Tom Morello. Musician and political and social activist Tom Morello's stark new album as The Nightwatchman, 'One Man Revolution, is a dark, urgent portrait of a world in turmoil, 13 songs of "bitterness and revenge." Morello, the Grammy Award-winning guitarist of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, compares war zones in the US and Iraq, proclaims that Jesus was black and pinpoints the sociopolitical struggles of the American leftist underground in the series of self-penned originals, singing and playing acoustic guitar for the first time on record.

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For more than a decade, Tom Morello used earsplitting riffs to make his point, first with Rage Against the Machine, then with Audioslave. But on his solo debut as the Nightwatchman, the man named one of Rolling Stone's 100 greatest guitarists of all time tries a different approach. Taking cues from six-string radicals such as Woody Guthrie and Johnny Cash, Morello reinvents himself as a singer-songwriter armed only with an acoustic guitar, gravelly baritone, and renewed political fervor. The lyrics are unavoidably blunt, whether tackling the plight of third world workers or being a member of two of the biggest rock bands of the past two decades: "On the streets of Havana I got hugged and kissed/ At the Playboy Mansion I wasn't on the list," he sings on the title track. The real discovery is that he's capable of making the same old racket at just a fraction of the volume. --Aidin Vaziri

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars something a little different from Morello April 25, 2007
Format:Audio CD
On the heels of Audioslave's final album "Revelations," (2006) guitarist Tom Morello is back with his first solo album, "One Man Revolution" (2007) under the moniker "The Watchman."

"One Man Revolution" is kind of like Morello's own "Ghost of Tom Joad" (1995). Sounding nothing at all like Rage Against the Machine or Audioslave, "One Man Revolution" is an acoustic and semi-acoustic album, with RATM-like themes addressing injustice and inequality. It's a sort of loosely based concept album, with Morello playing the role of "The Watchman," who in Morello's words is a "black Robin Hood."

While the album is rather laid-back, it still manages to pack a good punch. Morello's rough baritone voice can carry a tune and he's really into his character. While political concept albums can sometimes come across as preachy or naÔve, this isn't really a problem here. Lyrically, Morello strikes a good balance, avoiding sounding simplistic on one hand, or a full-of himself, know-it-all on the other.

"One Man Revolution" has a very organic, home-made feel, as Morello plays every instrument, with the help of producer Brendan O'Brien. And while "One Man Revolution" is pretty straight-forward, Morello manages to throw out some interesting curve-balls, like the Celtic sounding "The Road I Must Travel."

If you're expecting something like RATM or Audioslave, you may be disappointed with "One Man Revolution." However, if you want to hear something a little different from Morello, check with album out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tom Morello is....The Nightwatchman April 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have to be honest, I really wasn't expecting to like this album, even after hearing "The Road I Must Travel" for the first time. I love Tom Morello, don't get me wrong, but something just seemed strange to me having him doing a solo album. I was a little concerned about how his voice would sound considering he is not a singer, and secondly I love Morello's crazy riffs and solos. I mean thats what he is known for and what makes him so incredible. To my surprise, this album has grown on me and is quite good, if you take it for what is. His voice is what really surprised me. I've heard him speak many times and I didn't expect his singing voice to sound this good. Don't get me wrong, he won't even be in league with the great singers of our generation, but his voice really suits the music quite well actually.

If anything, this album shows the Morello is not a one trick pony. Not only can he make good acoustic music that sounds nothing even remotely similiar to RATM or Audislave. But it also shows that he can write compelling music. I think the most intriging aspect of the album is the lyrics themselves. Some of it might be mildly repetitive and I think some of the album could of used a little more diversity in how it sounds overall, but other than that its a very good, solid album. This really is not my kind of music, yet Morello makes it interesting. I think the only question left to me is, "Can one man really be a revolution?"
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woody Guthrie would be so proud ! October 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Tom Morello aka:THE NIGHTWATCHMAN's debut solo album "One Man Revolution" is a folk/protest music masterpiece! I read in rollingstone magazine a few weeks back that Tom Morello has come out with a solo album full of folk/protest songs and as a huge RATM fan and folk musician/fan myself I was stoked about the very idea. I imediately went to my local music store and picked it up(it hasn't left my cd player since). If your a fan of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Billy Bragg and the great un-heard Patrick Fitzgerald then your gonna love this album. If you care at all about the state of society/government and feel alone in your want and need for change in this dark grey world then your gonna love this album. If your not blind and can see that uncle sam is fooling you with fear and materialism to prime you up for much darker things to come then your gonna love this album. If you don't care about any of these things and your happy to be stuck in your way, don't really care for the message in music and think your government is spending billions apon billions of hard earned tax payers dollars on a neverending war just to keep you safe and free then don't even bother with this album. Go fill up the tank in your nice new SUV and throw something useless into your cd player and continue to be oblivious to what's truly going on in the world around you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the same old Tom June 23, 2007
Format:Audio CD
And thats not really a bad thing. One thing is for sure, If you are looking for an extension of Rage or the far inferior Audioslave, you have come to the wrong place. This is far more Dylan and Woody Guthrie than it is pounding rock beats.
Personally I think this is the music that our generation has been waiting for. Falling firmly into that tricky Genre of "protest music", this actually comes off as Genuine. Much of the protest music for our generation, such as Green Day, feels like an old artist trying to stay cool and relevant. Morello's new album feels the opposite. In fact, he has almost guaranteed himself no airplay and low album sales. This is very unsubtle, we need to change the world music. But its greatest strenght is that he has rediscovered the idea that made Dylan and Guthrie so good. Dont spend all of your time pointing fingers at who has done bad by you. Instead, he tells the people to stand up and fight for the wrongs of the world. Open your eyes, get up and change the world. Good job Tom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by geir trÝnnes
5.0 out of 5 stars NightWatchman for the world
Power to the people. Why does it seem that Tom Morello the only one left fighting for the WWW people?????
Published 5 months ago by T. J. Sweet
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Morello CD
Love this CD. Just found Tom Morello. His voice is so relaxing and energetic. And I do not know know what else to say.
Published 6 months ago by C. Nudo
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Love it. So different from ratm. Awesome energy and passion. Modern day Leonard Cohen. Also a bit of nick cave sound and Springsteen.
Published 7 months ago by natalie huggard
5.0 out of 5 stars WORKING CLASS AMERICANA MUSIC.
TRUE TO ALL MY EXPECTATIONS. LYRICS RESONATE WITH THE AVERAGE WORKING CLASS HERO. SPRINGSTIEN CAN CONFIDENTLY PASS THE TORCH TO THE NEXT SONGWRITER WHO THREADS THE FABRIC OF... Read more
Published 7 months ago by steven hewitt
3.0 out of 5 stars Tempering The Rage, Unslaving The Audio
Tom Morello's first album under his Nightwatchman persona was out to destroy his old reputation as an electric guitar gunslinger for Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tim Brough
5.0 out of 5 stars Whatever it takes
Tom's songs need to be heard because they have real content.
Someone needs to speak the truth, and Tom tells it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Eduardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!
Finally someone composing Music with a punch that tells it like it is and with great
Guitar which make great music. I plan to buy all his records.
Published 24 months ago by Little Owl
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Goose
How do you think it sounded? Remember, just like his Rage or AudioSlave days, anything that Tom Morello touches turns to gold. Read more
Published on May 16, 2012 by Chris Sanderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Responding to Negative Reviews
i started out and couldnt stand it but i slowly grew to love Tom Morello's voice and the songs and even the lyrics. Read more
Published on February 18, 2012 by Nicholas Morganti
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You just don't 'get it.' You can make just as loud a noise with an acoustic guitar as you can with ear-splitting riffs like "Rage." Tom's older and more mature and realizes that such things often get more notice this way. Also, many would argue that Acoustic guitar is HARDER to play... Read More
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