Saul Williams (album)

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Saul Williams
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 21, 2004 (2004-09-21)[1]
GenreHip hop, punk rock, spoken word
Length44:17
LabelFader Label
ProducerSerj Tankian, Musa Bailey, Saul Williams, Mickey P, Thavius Beck
Saul Williams chronology
Not in My Name
(2003)
Saul Williams
(2004)
The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!
(2007)
Singles from Saul Williams
  1. "List of Demands (Reparations)"
    Released: 2004
  2. "Black Stacey"
    Released: 2004

Saul Williams is the second solo studio album by Saul Williams. It was released by Fader Label in 2004.[2] It features contributions from Serj Tankian, Zack de la Rocha, and Isaiah "Ikey" Owens.[3] It peaked at number 197 on the French Albums Chart.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle3.5/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)[6]
Drowned in Sound10/10[7]
Exclaim!favorable[8]
Pitchfork7.2/10[2]
PopMattersfavorable[3]
Stylus MagazineD+[9]
XLR8Rfavorable[10]

Adam Greenberg of AllMusic gave the album 4 stars out of 5, saying: "On his self-titled album, Williams moves toward a slightly more accessible format (compared to his previous, more poetry driven work) with twisted guitar lines, heavy bass thumps, and a closer stab at singing from time to time."[1] Robert Gabriel of The Austin Chronicle gave the album 3.5 stars out of 5, saying: "Social, psychological, and cultural mores are run through a ringer of rap transformed as punk, metal, and jungle with Williams self-producing much of his own inflammatory cache."[5] Mike Diver of Drowned in Sound gave the album a 10 out of 10, saying: "Its importance is absolute."[7] Ari Levenfeld of PopMatters said, "Saul Williams' attempt to save hip hop is admirable, if not entirely successful."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Saul Williams, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Talk to Strangers"Williams, Tankian2:39
2."Grippo"Williams, Bailey, Vardosi, Vardosi3:03
3."Telegram"Williams, Jenifer, Miller3:30
4."Act III Scene 2 (Shakespeare)"Williams, de la Rocha, Beck4:19
5."List of Demands (Reparations)" 3:18
6."African Student Movement" 4:01
7."Black Stacey" 5:24
8."PG" 1:35
9."Surrender (A Second to Think)" 4:18
10."Control Freak" 4:14
11."Seaweed"Williams, Todd3:38
12."Notice of Eviction" 4:18

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.

Musicians

  • Saul Williams – vocals, programming, production (3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)
  • Mickey P – co-production (3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12), programming (8), additional programming (2, 3, 5, 7), engineering, mixing
  • Serj Tankian – production (1), piano (1), background vocals (1)
  • Ani Maljian – background vocals (1)
  • Musa Bailey – production (2), programming (2)
  • Thavius Beck – production (4)
  • Zack de la Rocha – additional vocals (4)
  • Saturn – background vocals (5)
  • Isaiah "Ikey" Owens – piano (7), organ (7)
  • Mia Doi Todd – additional vocals (11)
  • Carmen – background vocals (11)

Technical personnel

  • Brandy Flower – design, photography
  • Keba Konte – photography
  • Katina Parker – photography
  • Varshini Soobiah – photography
  • Bridgette Yellen – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[4] 197

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Greenberg, Adam. "Saul Williams - Saul Williams". AllMusic. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Singer, Liam (September 26, 2004). "Saul Williams: Saul Williams". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Levenfeld, Ari (November 16, 2004). "Saul Williams: self-titled". PopMatters. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Lescharts.com – Saul Williams – Saul Williams". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Gabriel, Robert (October 15, 2004). "Saul Williams - Saul Williams (Fader)". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Saul Williams". Christgau's Consumer Guide. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Diver, Mike (April 22, 2005). "Saul Williams - Saul Williams". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  8. ^ Jones, Kevin (October 1, 2004). "Saul Williams - Saul Williams". Exclaim!. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  9. ^ Gloden, Gabe (September 16, 2004). "Saul Williams - Saul Williams". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on May 23, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  10. ^ Thill, Scott (September 28, 2004). "Saul Williams - Saul Williams". XLR8R. Archived from the original on December 25, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2017.

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