Saul Williams
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Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0829299090420
Item Dimensions: 3356224492
Label: Universal Music Group
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Universal Music Group
MPN: 829299090420
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: September 21, 2004
Publisher: Universal Music Group
Release Date: September 21, 2004
Running Time: 44 minutes
Studio: Universal Music Group

Disc 1:
  1. Talk To Strangers
  2. Grippo
  3. Telegram
  4. Act III Scene 2 (Shakespeare)
  5. List Of Demands (Reparations)
  6. African Student Movement
  7. Black Stacey
  8. PG
  9. Surrender (A Second To Think)
  10. Control Freak
  11. Seaweed
  12. Notice Of Eviction
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First establishing himself as an influential poet, and then as an award-winning screenwriter/actor, Saul Williams then went on to establish himself as an MC. His approach to MCing, though, wasn't exactly in line with the traditional school of hip-hop. His rhymes weren't really rhymes but rather his poetry delivered in a frenzied spoken word manner that was more rhythmic than alliterate. This is his third album with guests like Zach de la Roca and members from Mars Volta. 2005.
Arriving six years after he made a splash with the film Slam and three years after his debut disc Amethyst Rock Star, the second album from spoken-word standout Saul Williams is a knot of contradictions. It challenges hip-hop orthodoxy through the liberal use of heavy rock samples and beats (see especially "Grippo")--not to mention incendiary cameos from rockers Serj Tankian (System of a Down) and Zack De La Rocha (Rage Against the Machine)--but it also gets bogged down at times by repetitive riffs ("List of Demands"). At his best, as on the opener "Talk to Strangers," Williams's measured delivery packs an entrancing power. Elsewhere, however, he sounds like he's just reading, not flowing, and his words fall flat. It doesn't help that Williams occasionally lapses into lecture mode, broadly dissing commercial hip-hop in the spoken-word piece "Telegram." He fares far better when he turns his lyrical lasers on legitimate foes, like the oil-thirsty warmongers in "Act III Scene 2." --Anders Smith Lindall

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