Tom Morello | The Nightwatchman
Mar 28th 2011 Serj Panossian Band/Album Reviews

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Tom Morello’s well known for his work with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. His history of political activism has also inspired him to form The Nightwatchman, a solo acoustic-based folk rock project with a political message. He has created his own sound and while he may not be the best vocalist, this is more about the message itself.

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You could say that “The Nightwatchman”, formed in 2003, is the alter ego of this brilliant guitarist (while Audioslave was still united) which worked as an support act for his political views. With his amazing guitar skills, it might seem a bit weird that Morello finally determined to pursue a solo career where he would “ditch” his greatest strength.

Morello released his 1st solo Album in 2007 under the name of “One Man Revolution”; the album is full of “back and forth” between folk/rock with a bit of country and even reggae. My recommended tracks are: “The Road I Must Travel” and “Nightwatchman Brigade”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JF-GBd0Y68

In 2008, Morello released his 2nd album “Fabled City”, adopting the acoustic guitar & harmonica straightforwardness of the folk singers of the 50s and ‘60s like Bob Dylan. My recommended tracks are: “The Fabled City”, “Whatever it Takes” and “Lazarus on Down” alongside Serj Tankian.

So do check out his music if you’re into (political) folk-rock and especially if you’re a RATM fan.

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  • SerJ

    He may not be the best vocalist, this is more about the message itself 🙂

  • yuno

    What message? The article doesn’t discuss anything.

  • SerJ

    The article’s just an *overall* review about Morello’s side project. If you want message, check out his lyrics.

  • yuno

    What makes you think that I’d want to waste my time checking it out after reading your article? Nothing interesting has been said, neither of the music nor the message.

    You could’ve just put a link to the Wikipedia article. At least they did a much better job at an “*overall*” view of the project than you did.

  • SerJ

    Ah well “Yuno” or whatever your name is, easy, dont waste your time reading/checking it.

  • Twist

    The Reviewer is just tryin to introduce Tom Morello’s work. Its a good article, simple a bit, yet good.

  • Charbel Q

    Tom morello: “The Nightwatchman is my political folk alter ego. I’ve been writing these songs and playing them at open mic nights with friends for some time. This is the first time I’ve toured with it. When I play open mic nights, it’s announced as The Nightwatchman. There will be kids there who are fans of my electric guitar playing, and you see them there scratching their heads.”

    Link: http://www.nightwatchmanmusic.com

  • Metropolian

    #4 You must be retarded… Cause if you know RATM, then you should at least have a faint idea of what tom morello’s message would be…