One Man Revolution - The Nightwatchman
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  • Summary: Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello makes his solo debut as The Nightwatchman, with Brendan O'Brien producing this acoustic set.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
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  1. 80
    Unsettling stuff--but weirdly life-affirming, too. [May 2007, p.103]
  2. The Nightwatchman is a Molotov cocktail as volatile as any he’s thrown at the barricade of injustice in the past 15 years.
  3. A combination of his rich vocals and hook-filled tunes ensures that the heartfelt result rarely seems like a harangue. [27 Apr 2007, p.141]
  4. This is agitprop the old-fashioned way.
  5. At times, the album gets a little precious, but the more inspired moments are truly undeniable. [Jun 2007, p.156]
  6. The potency of the admirable sentiments is undermined by the lacklustre execution.
  7. Unfortunately, he forgot he cannot sing or write coherent lyrics.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. ScottO.
    Aug 10, 2007
    10
    People. who say this music suck must the mental capability of a fucking flea b/c this stuff is good and has message behind its a lot like Bob People. who say this music suck must the mental capability of a fucking flea b/c this stuff is good and has message behind its a lot like Bob Dylan back 60's in my opinion we need this type of music back now more than ever. Expand
  2. AdamN
    May 5, 2007
    10
    This is an excellent album. 11 of the 13 songs are really solid, and are worthy of replaying over and over again. The only two that This is an excellent album. 11 of the 13 songs are really solid, and are worthy of replaying over and over again. The only two that aren't (Maximum Firepower and Union Song aren't complete duds though). The album ends very strong with his best two songs The Dark Clouds Above and Until the End both have catchy riffs. The opener, California's Dark is a great opener setting the tone for the rest of the album. The Road I Must Travel is another catchy tune and it gets better as it progresses. His voice is surprisingly good (very Johnny Cash-ish) and his lyrics are top notch. Anyone who is into acoustic albums would love this. A+ Expand
  3. DanR
    Jul 9, 2007
    10
    Anyone who was ever a fan of Audio Slave is a slave to the radio..."Turn on the Radio, naw fuck it...turn it off" The Nightwatchman is Anyone who was ever a fan of Audio Slave is a slave to the radio..."Turn on the Radio, naw fuck it...turn it off" The Nightwatchman is awesome, relaxing yet disturbing music, Not the strongest singer but his lyrics are Syd Barrett-esque with their rhyming and to the point behaviours. Short sweet and to the point, not drawn out like some over artistic poet which pollutes our air ways these days (emo anyone?) Our generations Johnny Cash? Bob Dylan? Only time will tell. The Nightwatchman has arrived, and if you don't appreciate it, you yourself are an "Audio Slave" Expand
  4. richeym
    May 11, 2007
    5
    i'm a big morello fan, and a fan of all the infuences i've heard mentioned about this album (cash, dylan, springsteen...) but the i'm a big morello fan, and a fan of all the infuences i've heard mentioned about this album (cash, dylan, springsteen...) but the lyrics are just plain awful. Expand
  5. BigAl
    Jul 25, 2007
    5
    I love Tom Morello's work with Rage Against the Machine, but The Nightwatchman falls a little short for me. As expected, the guitar I love Tom Morello's work with Rage Against the Machine, but The Nightwatchman falls a little short for me. As expected, the guitar mechanics are stellar, but the vocals...well, there's something missing there. Sounds like Dylan without the eccentricity or poetic talent. Nice try by an otherwise great musician, though. Expand
  6. ShaneB.
    May 31, 2007
    0
    I've been a fan of both Rage and Audioslave for a long time, but this shit is just the fucking pits. "The road that i must travel, its I've been a fan of both Rage and Audioslave for a long time, but this shit is just the fucking pits. "The road that i must travel, its end i cannot see" WHAT A FUCKING LOAD OF SHIT Expand
  7. JohnA
    Jul 26, 2007
    0
    Lyrics: Bad Guitar: Sloppy Vocals: Oh my god! Come back Chris for heaven's sake! It doesn't have a single one of the three pilars Lyrics: Bad Guitar: Sloppy Vocals: Oh my god! Come back Chris for heaven's sake! It doesn't have a single one of the three pilars of a good album. I'm a Tom Morello fan but this is possibly the worst sounding album I've ever heard. I love to stack my itunes with as much music as possible just for the sake of having it on file but this I might just have to discard, yes, it's that bad. If you like Rage or Audioslave, then keep listening because this is a dead end (nomatter what your into) Expand

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