World Wide Rebel Songs

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  • Summary: Tom Morello's latest release as his folk alter ego is his third solo album, accompanied by a fully electrified band called The Freedom Fighters Orchestra.
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Save the Hammer for the Man
"I hurt the gentlest souls, I robbed my wife and son I turned my back on troubles, troubles I'd begun I cut a swath of pain and loss in the hallways... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Aug 30, 2011
    A personal manifesto, WWRS falls somewhere between the Pogues at their most urgent and Tom Joad-era Springsteen at his most feverish.
  2. Aug 30, 2011
    World Wide Rebel Songs, is, without question, a welcome call to arms.
  3. Aug 30, 2011
    What Morello lacks in subtlety, he makes up for in visceral feeling.
  4. Alternative Press
    Aug 19, 2011
    The addition of electric instruments and Morello's nasal speak-singing do make Rebel Songs read a little like a radicalized Dylan. [Sep 2011, p.116]
  5. Sep 14, 2011
    His voice here, a husky and burly drawl not too far removed from Johnny Cash's, is a constant delight throughout and is seemingly tailor-made for launching his volleys of criticism and cries for activism.
  6. Sep 1, 2011
    It takes a certain like-minded political sensibility to wholly appreciate both the music and the mantra, but rebels in search of a cause will likely share sympathy for Morello's fervent muse.
  7. Aug 30, 2011
    As a folksinger, he undeniably blows: There's simply nothing appealing or compelling about his forced, tuneless, featureless vocals, and without a strong frontman like Zack De La Rocha or Chris Cornell, flaccid attempts at rocking out like "It Begins Tonight" render Rebel Songs even weaker than if he'd stuck strictly to folk.

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  1. Jan 10, 2015
    It's a trifle exciting when you just wanna play something on repeat. Morello 'folks' and 'rocks' his way through a myriad of anthems, soundingIt's a trifle exciting when you just wanna play something on repeat. Morello 'folks' and 'rocks' his way through a myriad of anthems, sounding Dylanesque at times. Solid vocal and guitar as standard from Morello, great snare going on and some choral backing that makes this album so uplifting. Given that this **** album is more electric less acoustic is just what the doctor ordered.
    A significant addition to any serious music collectors collection.
    Thank you please