Tom Morello Teams Up with Sheryl Crow For A New Fascinating Release
Rage Against the Machine’s lead guitarist, Tom Morello, has embarked on an rather intriguing project just as the band’s touring days comes to an end. Notably known for his solo work which has seen him partner with quite an array of artists from the rock, punk and metal genres like Killer Mike, Portugal. The Man, and Kirk Hammett, Tom’s latest collaborative effort has raised eyebrows. This time around, he’s partnering with famed pop-rock artist Sheryl Crow for her new single “Evolution”.
The song represents the title track from Crow’s soon-to-be-released LP and is rife with contemplations on emergent technologies. Crow expressing her concerns during the announcement of the track said: “As a mom, I want to leave a better world for my children, a healthier planet — is A.I. going to be a benevolent partner in these goals or not? It’s unsettling, and this song deals with those anxieties.”
“Evolution” commences with Crow articulating her disconcerting experience of hearing a tune eerily similar to one she had written airing on the radio. As the lyrics progress, the sense of scepticism, and loss of emotional connection augment. Morello’s contribution, a stirring guitar solo, effectively amplifies the ominous undertones of the song.
In contrast to tech-evangelist sentiments like “ChatGPT will save us all”, the song provides a sobering commentary on AI. This is not unusual given Crow and Morello’s history of championing pertinent causes like gun control and labor rights respectively. Recently, some high-profile musical collaborations have hit a sour note with fans, which makes Crow and Morello’s thematic alignment all the more refreshing.
Morello’s excursion into the Americana genre isn’t a first either. Past solo projects have featured collaboratives from artists like Jim James, Nathaniel Rateliff and Bruce Springsteen. Visually, Crow and Morello might present an unexpected team, yet in this setting, their convergence makes for a pleasing natural click.
Whether you’re interested in the musicianship of Tom Morello, Sheryl Crow’s unique lyrical perspective or an engaging discourse on technology’s future, don’t miss out on “Evolution”. To keep up-to-date with all things music, be sure to check out MakingMusic101.