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2011 solo album from the Rage Against The Machine guitarist. This self-produced effort is a change of pace from the usual acoustic offerings of past Nightwatchman albums, with the record featuring a full electric backing band called The Freedom Fighter Orchestra. In describing the record, Morello states, ''Troubled times call out for troubled songs. World Wide Rebel Songs is an album of rousing hopelessness and this time The Nightwatchman has brought along his electric guitar to tip the scales. I wanted to capture a vibe midway between Johnny Cash and Che Guevara, murder ballads and Molotov anthems.''
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  • Audio CD (August 29, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B005CA4DZG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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Tom Morello is the rightful heir to the mantle of Joe Strummer. He is uncompromising in both his politics and his music. Worldwide Rebel Songs expands upon the material and range of musical styles he debuted on his first two LPs and his Union Town EP. On Rebel Songs Mr. Morello is unafraid to experiment with different musical styles and combinations, the reuults may not always be music perfection but his warmth and genuine love for his material carries it through. In this respect, Mr. Morello joines Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle as one of the few artists who should be readily forgiven for the occasional awkaward lyric because the authentic emotion behind it is so obvious. My personal favorites here are "Save the Hammer for the Man" a duet with Ben Harper, the rabble-rousing anthem, "It Begins Tonight" and his ode to his guitar, "Black Spartacus Heart Attack Machine." If you liked the other 2.5 Nightwatchman albums or are a fan of Joe Strummer or Tim Armstrong, this is your album.
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Personally, I am a fan of anything Morello...Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Street Sweeper Social Club. But, as the Nightwatchman, Tom's style vastly differs from his other acts, even from his previous Nightwatchman albums such as One Man Revolution and The Fabled City. This time Morello uses a full electric band to back his act, and the combination sounds amazing. Tracks such as the Fifth Horseman of Apocalypse and Stray Bullets are thought-provoking, well-constructed, and have hauntingly brilliant melodies. An instant favorite is It Begins Tonight - its soul-shredding guitar riffs and solo are reminiscent of Rage and Audioslave. Tom also mixes it up with slower, quieter tracks such as God Help us All, and even shows some country influence in songs like Save the Hammer for the Man, which features Ben Harper.

To put it simply, if you like Tom Morello, buy this album. If you don't really know Tom Morello, preview the album a little, then buy it. Tom's musicianship will continue to grow on you - it is impossible not to appreciate him.
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THE NIGHTWATCHMAN'S BEST WORK YET!

Looking for an album from an artist who actually believes the music he writes? World Wide Rebel Songs is that album! Tom Morello brings guitar fury to the folk genre that really hasn't been seen before. It all starts from the first song and progresses onward. I'm going comment specifically on the songs I know the meaning to and like off the album.

1. BLACK SPARTACUS HEART ATTACK MACHINE - A great love song about his new steel string guitar. Yes, I know what you are saying "The Nightwatchman doesn't write love songs!" I was surprised as well but it's truly a great song.

3. IT BEGINS TONIGHT - A rocking jam that you could just imagine people belting out of their lungs as they protest their rights being taken away by the government.

4. SAVE THE HAMMER FOR THE MAN - Here are The Nightwatchman's exact words regarding this song. "Ben (Harper) and I have been friends for some time, and he's been very generous and performed at a number of benefit shows that I put on, including the last Justice tour. We had some problems getting a few people for some of the shows, and Ben sent me an e-mail saying, 'Dude, let me know if you want me to put the hammer down.' And I wrote back and said, 'Ben, save the hammer for The Man.'" From that this song was born featuring none other than Ben Harper.

6. SPEAK AND MAKE LIGHTNING - The Nightwatchman plays an epic solo on his Arm The Homeless guitar for this track (yes he names every guitar he has if you didn't already know that).

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By Tora on September 3, 2011
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Where previous Nightwatchman releases primarily featured Morello as an acoustic troubadour, his latest proffers more group interplay, at times recalling aspects of his other projects. "It Begins Tonight" bisects shamelessly heavy riffing with Bo Diddley beats, while "Union Town" hybridizes Morello's trademark turntablist-influenced shredding with a chorus ready-made for protest marches; "Facing Mount Kenya," meanwhile, balances personal introspection and political insight with sparse, atmospheric trip-hop. Surprisingly, the most appealing element here proves to be Morello's voice -- a weary, Leonard Cohen-esque rasp that makes all the sloganeering seem oddly soothing. That human element is what makes "World Wide Rebel Songs" compelling, and ultimately cathartic: What Morello lacks in subtlety, he makes up for in visceral feeling.
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By Owl on June 7, 2012
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Worthy of praise. Really enjoyable. Love Tom's "on the edge" songs. His commentary on the present times is to the point and what people need to hear. Not necessary to agree, but to reflect on and consider. Tom is powerful and his message is clear.
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In his guise as The Nightwatchman, Tom Morello's first two albums were low key visceral affairs, heir apparent to Joe Strummer and Pete Seger protest folkies. Sometime in the last couple of years, he realized that his powerful guitar playing was not antithetical two his new music, and he began work on a new set of songs. Events of 2010 put even more urgency into his writing; Morello was one of the first musicians to take a stand with Wisconsin's Union Members when that state's Governor tried to crush the Wisconsin Unions. It's the place he debuted, on a snowy, cold Wisconsin street, "Union Town."

If you think political rock is a passe genre, then "World Wide Rebel Songs" will probably make you mad. Yet, in a world where tightly controlled radio-playlists won't play anything that rocks the corporate boat, Morello is coming on swinging. "Politics, apocalypse, start to look the same/The price of my redemption will mean the end of living" he barks (with Ben Harper on "Save The Hammer for The Man"), as if the world of conservative politics and rightwing religion were all too happy to get to the same end result. The pun is all but unavoidable in that Morello is raging against the machine on almost every track. "Speak and Make Lightning," he calls out. This time, with his guitar and a full band attack, "World Wide Rebel Songs" lift Morello to his best solo CD and a fighting fit of an album.
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