Album Review: The Nightwatchman – Fabled City

By on Tuesday, 6th January 2009 at 10:06 am

nightwatchman_xxlTom Morello is probably known by nearly every respectable guitarist for his unique tone and amazing use of effects. The guitarist from Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave is not famous for his gentle acoustic guitar playing and singing but that it all about to change.

Going under the name of  The Nightwatchman, Tom Morello has already released one album “One man Revolutin” which was far from revolution and in my opinion it was a bit of a dissapointment with “The Road I Must Travel” being the only song worth talking about.

The new album “Fabled City” is a big improvement. Tracks including “Saint Isabelle” and “The lights are on in spider town” shows Tom’s acoustic talent with some inspirational playing but I think there is no doubt that Tom Morello’s singing is not the best. It seems to sound unatural and the some of the tracks sound like your average campfire song.

For me the record is hard to get through and although the songs vary in style, they all seem to have the same acoustic tone and sound. However, If you haven’t heard The Nightwatchman then don’t let this put you off as it seems that fans are strongly divided on the album.

There is no question that quality of  this record is up to debate as many people seem to love his vocals. It seems whatever he does it is always successful, but I am not satisfied yet. The creative sound needs credit though and  although the barking vocals are hard to take the lyrics are powerful and I am sure people will be captivated by this album.

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One Response

9:25 am
10th February 2009

Couldn’t agree more steve. I got this album the other day and was very dissapointed.

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