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Learn more about The Fabled City:

Format: CD
Sku: 209201530
UPC: 886972039626
UPC 14: 00886972039626
Release Date: 9/30/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Fabled City, The ~ Tom Morello/The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello)
2. Whatever It Takes ~ Tom Morello/The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello)
3. King of Hell, The ~ Tom Morello/The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello)
4. Night Falls ~ Tom Morello/The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello)
5. Lights Are On In Spidertown, The ~ Tom Morello/The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello)
6. Midnight In the City of Destruction ~ Tom Morello/The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello)
7. Saint Isabelle ~ Tom Morello/The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello)
8. Lazarus On Down - (featuring Serj Tankian) ~ Tom Morello/The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello)
9. Gone Like Rain ~ Tom Morello/The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello)
10. Iron Wheel, The - (featuring Shooter Jennings) ~ Tom Morello/The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello)
11. Rise To Power ~ Tom Morello/The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello)

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Tom Morello (vocals, guitar); Serj Tankian, Shooter Jennings (vocals); Brendan O'Brien (various instruments); Daniel Laufer (cello).
Muze PNote Recording information: Bud's Garage, Atlanta, GA.
Muze PNote Photographer: Sean Ricigliano.
Muze PNote Guitar virtuoso Tom Morello made his reputation in high-volume bands like incendiary rap-rockers Rage Against the Machine and stadium-filling supergroup Audioslave, but his ongoing Nightwatchman project works on a much smaller scale. In place of Rage's weeping politics, the subject matter on THE FABLED CITY deals with everyday struggles and the politics of putting one foot in front of the other. The music fits the tales, as Morello largely eschews the sci-fi electric guitar heroics he's known for, and instead pours his inventive technique into stark, mostly acoustic folk compositions. That's not to say Morello doesn't find room for different sounds and textures; "Whatever It Takes" buzzes with fuzzy funk and small breaks of rapidly strummed, high-pitched guitars, and "Facing Mount Kenya" incorporates subtle African influences.

Producer: Brendan O'Brien; Brendan O'Brien

Engineer: Nick DiDia

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Serj Tankian
Muze Guest Artist Shooter Jennings

Artist Overview

Former Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitar virtuoso Tom Morello is generally known for his inventive metal and funk-derived fretboard pyrotechnics and his radical leftist politics, and as a solo artist, he's found new ways of tackling both in a fresh context. Morello's albums as the Nightwatchman put his politics back into the world of acoustic protest folk music, giving him a chance to till new guitar soil while telling stories in a plainspoken, deep drawl. Instead of the strident arena rock of Morello's past, the Nightwatchman persona gravitates more to Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and other chroniclers of common American lives.

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Battleship (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Wrote A Song For Everyone
Muze Music Compilations More Perfect Union
Muze Music Compilations Authentic
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Muze Music Compilations Multiviral
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Associated Artists and Works

Tankian, Serj

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/30/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 8869720396
Music Label Name Label : Epic (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00886972039626

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.80)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "Morello augments his acoustic guitar with stirring arrangements on piano, mandolin, cello and drums....With a solid band behind him, he seems much more confident in his new role as a modern protest troubadour."

Entertainment Weekly (p.77)
- "[The] guitarist's remarkable transformation from purveyor of weapons-grade funk-metal riffs into introspective protest folkie yields even more impressive fruit on his second solo effort." -- Grade: A-

Alternative Press (p.153)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "Morello has made a conscious effort to plug in this time around, and the title track and 'Whatever It Takes' benefits as a result."

Kerrang (Magazine)
- "There's a Nick Cave-esque darkness that colours songs like 'The Lights Are On In Spidertown' or 'Night Falls'..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Morello,Tom The Nig
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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