Volcanic Sunlight - Saul Williams
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  • Summary: This fourth studio album from the hip-hop artist is his first offering after a four-year silence. Of Volcanic Sunlight, Williams said, "On this album, I wanted to put words that didn't get in the way of the music. Before, I always let the words dominate." It was produced by Renaud Letang.
  • Record Label: Columbia
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Rap, R&B, Soul, Funk, Garage, Spoken Word, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo-Soul, Indie Electronic, Experimental Rock, Noise Pop, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Rap, Underground Rap, International, Dubstep, Poetry, Comedy/Spoken, Political Rap, Electro-Industrial
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  1. Dec 1, 2011
    85
    This is perhaps the most danceable "smart" record ever. Or, maybe this is the smartest dance record ever…? ...Whatever it is, it works... beautifully.
  2. Dec 1, 2011
    80
    Volcanic Sunlight, despite its sharp contrast from Niggy Tardust, is an absolutely fitting follow-up; it's Williams once more wriggling out of preconceived notions by subverting them entirely.
  3. Dec 1, 2011
    70
    Even though "Volcanic Sunlight" sounds explosive and blinding, it turns out to be quite warm and inviting...It's a pleasant if at times uneven experience.
  4. Make no mistake; the album isn't a failure, it's just sacrificed a little too much to be a success.
  5. Dec 1, 2011
    60
    When it's good, it's great; it's just a shame so many tracks fall short of his usually very high standards.
  6. Dec 1, 2011
    60
    Volcanic Sunlight is a solid, finely-tuned album that reveals new turns and tricks with every listen.
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