World Wide Rebel Songs

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World Wide Rebel Songs
Nightwatchman WWRS.jpg
Studio album by The Nightwatchman
Released August 29, 2011
Recorded May–June 2011 at Veritas Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Folk rock, anti-folk, protest music, folk punk
Length 49:54
Label New West
Producer Tom Morello
The Nightwatchman chronology
Union Town
(2011)Union Town2011
World Wide Rebel Songs
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[1]
Slant Magazine3/5 stars[2]
Spin(5/10)[3]

World Wide Rebel Songs is the third full-length studio album by The Nightwatchman, the alter ego of Tom Morello. It was released on August 29, 2011, through Morello's new label New West Records, and like his previous release Union Town, was self-produced.

The album features fellow Street Sweeper Social Club members Carl Restivo and Eric Gardner on guitar and drums, respectively, as well as SSSC bassist Dave Gibbs on backing vocals.

The album's cover is an homage to the cover image on protest singer Phil Ochs' Gunfight at Carnegie Hall.[4]

Critical response[edit]

Spin gave it a score of 5/10, calling it, "a Dylan/Guthrie/Seeger/Bragg love letter that fearlessly tangoes betwixt the admirable and the absurd. Only the electric 'It Begins Tonight,' righteous of riff and bonkers of solo, plays to his strengths; the rest is like watching Michael Jordan bat .235 in Birmingham."[3]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Black Spartacus Heart Attack Machine"3:31
2."The Dogs of Tijuana"3:28
3."It Begins Tonight"3:01
4."Save the Hammer for the Man" (feat. Ben Harper)5:17
5."The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse"4:36
6."Speak and Make Lightning"3:56
7."Facing Mount Kenya"4:03
8."The Whirlwind"3:59
9."Stray Bullets"4:03
10."Branding Iron"3:51
11."World Wide Rebel Songs"3:03
12."God Help Us All"3:58
13."Union Town"3:09

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rolling Stone review
  2. ^ Slant review
  3. ^ a b Harvilla, Rob. The Nightwatchman, 'World Wide Rebel Songs'. Spin.
  4. ^ Sutherland, Sam (August 31, 2011). "Tom Morello enlists his wife for Phil Ochs homage on the cover of his latest record". AUX. Retrieved October 17, 2011.