The Fabled City

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The Fabled City
Studio album by The Nightwatchman
Released September 30, 2008[1]
Recorded 2008
Genre Folk rock, acoustic rock, anti-folk, protest music
Label Epic
Producer Brendan O'Brien
The Nightwatchman chronology
One Man Revolution
(2007)One Man Revolution2007
The Fabled City
Live at Lime
(2009)Live at Lime2009

The Fabled City is the second studio album by The Nightwatchman, the alter ego of Tom Morello. It was released on September 30, 2008.[1]

The album was released under the Nightwatchman's new full title: Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman.

Serj Tankian (of System of a Down), Shooter Jennings, and Perry Farrell (of Jane's Addiction) are featured guests on the album, which was produced by Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave).[1]

On August 8, 2008, the track 'Whatever It Takes' was released on The Nightwatchman's MySpace.[2] On October 25, the bonus track "Shake My Shit" (featuring Perry Farrell) was released on Morello's Myspace page.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]
Rocklouder 2/5 stars[5]
Stereo Subversion 8/10 stars[6]

Media reception to The Fabled City was generally favorable; aggregating website Metacritic reported a rating of 61% in December 2009 based on 11 critical reviews.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Fabled City" 3:10
2. "Whatever It Takes" 4:11
3. "The King of Hell" 3:14
4. "Night Falls" 3:48
5. "The Lights Are On in Spidertown" 3:21
6. "Midnight in the City of Destruction" 4:53
7. "Saint Isabelle" 3:31
8. "Lazarus On Down" (featuring Serj Tankian) 3:34
9. "Gone Like Rain" 3:39
10. "The Iron Wheel" (featuring Shooter Jennings) 2:40
11. "Rise to Power" 3:57
12. "Facing Mount Kenya" (iTunes Bonus Track) 4:08
13. "Shake My Shit" (featuring Perry Farrell) (iTunes Bonus Track) 3:46

Bonus Disc Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Shadow of the Cannon" 3:17
2. "Fighting Song" (written by Outernational; performed by Outernational and Tom Morello) 3:39
3. "Stars of Orion" 2:41