World Wide Rebel Songs

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Tom Morello's doppelganger the Nighwatchman issues World Wide Rebel Songs hot on the heels of his benefit EP Union Town. Rather than play solo as on previous offerings, he fronts a rock quintet. This is marching music. If you don't like your music political, where songs address class, race, and rage that comes from hopelessness, this isn't for you. That said, personal responsibility and accountability are paramount in Morello's universe. The album's first single, "Save the Hammer for the Man," a midtempo, anthemic, electric/acoustic number co-written with Ben Harper (who guests on it), is an admonition to those who've decided enough is enough, to focus their radical actions ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Tom Morello's doppelganger the Nighwatchman issues World Wide Rebel Songs hot on the heels of his benefit EP Union Town. Rather than play solo as on previous offerings, he fronts a rock quintet. This is marching music. If you don't like your music political, where songs address class, race, and rage that comes from hopelessness, this isn't for you. That said, personal responsibility and accountability are paramount in Morello's universe. The album's first single, "Save the Hammer for the Man," a midtempo, anthemic, electric/acoustic number co-written with Ben Harper (who guests on it), is an admonition to those who've decided enough is enough, to focus their radical actions at those truly responsible. The music, layered with popping martial drums, rock-solid basslines, beautifully balanced acoustic and electric guitars, match the plain-spoken yet poetic forcefulness of Morello's language. The opening "Black Spartacus Heart Attack Machine," in its stop-and-start, half-chanted, half-sung lyric, reminds listeners that history is made by people, not power brokers. (And historical analysis reveals this to be largely true.) Morello's view is international -- check the songs "The Dogs of Tijuana" and the brooding "Facing Mount Kenya"; they assert that class war is being asserted globally -- and needs to be fought with that in mind. This band rocks on the furious "It Begins Tonight." "Speak and Make Lightning" is a stomping two-step; its "love covers all sins" conclusion may be surprising, but love is exposed as a powerful motivating factor throughout the album and seems to be inspired not only by the logic of his heart, but by an important historical figure with the same view -- Guevara: "Let me say at the risk of seeming ridiculous that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.") Narrative songs are balanced by anthems throughout, with the haunting "The Whirlwind" and country-punk of "Stray Bulletts" illuminated by the crackling title track, and the scorching electric "Union Town" close the disc. As a songwriter, Morello's grown exponentially: he's tighter and he gets his points across without cynicism or naivete. He extends the topical (political) folk song tradition into the 21st century musically and lyrically. His arrangements and production -- large backing choruses, only-what's-necessary instrumentation, and clean, live-sounding sonics -- allow his songs to breathe fire into the questions, illuminating them clearly. World Wide Rebel Songs, is, without question, a welcome call to arms.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2011
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396620722
  • Catalog Number: 6207
  • Sales rank: 14,377

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Black Spartacus Heart Attack Machine - The Freedom Fighter Orchestra (3:31)
  2. 2 The Dogs of Tijuana - The Freedom Fighter Orchestra (3:28)
  3. 3 It Begins Tonight - The Freedom Fighter Orchestra (3:01)
  4. 4 Save the Hammer For the Man - The Freedom Fighter Orchestra (5:16)
  5. 5 The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse - The Freedom Fighter Orchestra (4:35)
  6. 6 Speak and Make Lightning - The Freedom Fighter Orchestra (3:56)
  7. 7 Facing Mount Kenya - The Freedom Fighter Orchestra (4:03)
  8. 8 The Whirlwind - The Freedom Fighter Orchestra (3:59)
  9. 9 Stray Bullets - The Freedom Fighter Orchestra (4:03)
  10. 10 Branding Iron - The Freedom Fighter Orchestra (3:51)
  11. 11 World Wide Rebel Songs - The Freedom Fighter Orchestra (3:03)
  12. 12 God Help Us All - The Freedom Fighter Orchestra (3:58)
  13. 13 Union Town - The Freedom Fighter Orchestra (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Morello Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Vocals
Eric Gardner Drums
Ben Harper Guitar, Vocals
Jonny Polonsky Toy Piano
Anne Preven Background Vocals
Dave Gibbs Bass, Background Vocals
Carl Restivo Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Chris Joyner Keyboards
Technical Credits
Danny Goldberg Management
Ben Harper Arranger, Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Kevin Mills Engineer
Tom Morello Arranger, Composer, Producer
Thom Russo Engineer
Jim Scott Engineer
Paul Moore Art Direction
Jesse Bauer Management
Don Muller Booking
Ryan Harvey Arranger, Composer
Toy Vano Management
Brian Ahern Booking
Rod McSween Booking
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