Sunday, July 06, 2008

He Saul, he conquered

AFTER what could be viewed as either a massive success or a massive failure first time round, tangible copies of the incredible The Inevitable Rise And Liberation Of Niggy Tardust hit the shelves next monday.
Spoken word rapper Saul Williams 'did a Radiohead' with this album, produced by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, and gave listeners the option of either paying for the album or downloading it for free.
A whopping 154,449 people downloaded the album, a huge number compared to the 30,000-odd sales of his previous eponymous album.
Unfortunately only 28,322 decided to pay for it.
However I am baffled as to why - because this album is his magnum opus, a creative explosion with more unexpected twists than a pole dancer with no bones.
Williams' firebrand style is paired up with Reznor's prolific creativity - the man has already put out four EPs this year in addition to this work, with a new album out in a week's time to boot - and no avenue is left unexplored.
From the off, the more traditional Saul Williams of Black History Month flows into Convict Colony, which could sit unnoticed on a Nine Inch Nail's album.
Then follows Public Enemy homage Tr(n)igger and a cover of U2's Sunday Bloody Sunday.
It's a lot to take in, especially with the challenging combination of William's aggressive flow and Reznor's bludgeoning backing, but it's worth every penny.


  1. I think it was more of a success than a failure.

  2. In terms of promotion it might have been, but would his bank manager agree?
    If there's someone handing out free olives or something at the supermarket I'll always take one, but I don't necessarily go to the olives section and pay for them.


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