Saul Williams (album)

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Saul Williams
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Studio album by Saul Williams
Released September 21, 2004 (2004-09-21)[1]
Genre Hip hop, punk rock, spoken word
Length 44:17
Label Fader Label
Producer Serj Tankian, Musa Bailey, Saul Williams, Mickey P, Thavius Beck
Saul Williams chronology
Not in My Name
(2003)Not in My Name2003
Saul Williams
(2004)
The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!
(2007)The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!2007
Singles from Saul Williams
  1. "List of Demands (Reparations)"
    Released: 2004
  2. "Black Stacey"
    Released: 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle 3.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Drowned in Sound 10/10[4]
Exclaim! favorable[5]
Pitchfork 7.2/10[6]
PopMatters favorable[7]
Stylus Magazine D+[8]
XLR8R favorable[9]

Saul Williams is the second studio album by Saul Williams, released in 2004.[6] It features contributions from Serj Tankian, Zack de la Rocha, and Isaiah "Ikey" Owens.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

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."[2]

Mike Diver of Drowned in Sound gave the album a 10 out of 10, saying, "Its importance is absolute."[4] Ari Levenfeld of PopMatters said, "Saul Williams' attempt to save hip hop is admirable, if not entirely successful."[7]

Track listing[edit]

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

Personnel[edit]

  • Saul Williams – vocals, programming, production (3, 5–12)
  • Mickey P – co-production (3, 5–12), programming (8), additional programming (2, 3, 5, 7)
  • 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)

Artwork[edit]

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

References[edit]

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