Saul Williams: The Inevitable Rise & Liberation of NiggyTardust! (Independent)

Text Alif Omar
It was inevitable that spoken word renaissance man Saul Williams would collaborate with Trent Reznor ever since the former performed at the other’s concert. The result of that hook up is a concept album that’s more NIN’s Year Zero than Williams’ previous efforts. While this may disappoint some, it’s still intelligent and arresting with Reznor’s somewhat overproduced quasi-industrial metal beats complimented by Williams’ knack for words. Songs like ‘Tr(n)igger’ are almost successful but ultimately NiggyTardust is an impotent album full of ideas.

This review was first published in the January 2008 issue of JUICE.