Today I got a copy of Saul Williams latest album The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust in the mail. The best part was that it had a yellow post it note that said "review me!". Something about the post it note made me smile. Maybe it was because in two and half years I have never been able to properly review an album or maybe it was the idea of whoever sent it trying to play some joke on me. Regardless I do have a strong admiration for the album and we are profiling artists all month leading up to Lollapalooza. So what the hell, kill two birds with one stone.
Saul Williams is a modern revolutionary. The first time I ever saw him read from his poetry it was like in punch in the stomach. You can feel his passion and it's impossible to think he's not speaking the truth (as he sees it anyways). When Tardust was first released Saul went the Radiohead route and self released the album giving you the option to pay for it or not. Along with the production by Trent Reznor most of the press on the album was concentrated on those two aspects and not on the music itself. Which of course is sad because it is the next chapter in a growing catalog displaying William's heart and soul. He even covers U2 (a band I despise) with such conviction you almost remember that they used to stand for something.
The live performance is a different creature altogether and is something that should not be missed. Whether doing a quiet reading or a full on musical performance you can always expect a great experience. His last minute addition to the festival was the final selling point in heading to Chicago.
Saul Williams at Lollapalooza
Sunday August 3rd
Citi Stage 5:00 pm - 6:00pm