System Of A Down - Steal This Album!
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  • Just from this description, I would be thinking from the start “Sounds like a group of tracks which weren’t really good enough for Toxicity, but since they were leaked, I guess the band decided to release them anyway”, unfortunately, this is basically what I think of the album
  • I like that the songs follow a good balance between pretty melodic and pretty aggressive, but some of the songs on here are just filler
  • Some other good aspects to this album are that System went with a bit of different songwriting and general structure, the best example I can think of is the song “Boom
  • Although it may not sound all that innovative, I personally think it works well with the song and sets the song apart from the others, which in my opinion is a crucial thing for songs – to be set apart from others
  • Well, Toxicity had better lyrics but these are definitely improvements over the debut album and some of the songs on here are just as good as the lyrics on Toxicity


    • by Grimmy101
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      Overview – Steal This Album, the third effort by System Of A Down, is made up of tracks which leaked on the internet after the release of Toxicity and so the band decided to finish up these tracks and release them in their final forms. Just from this description, I would be thinking from the start “Sounds like a group of tracks which weren’t really good enough for Toxicity, but since they were leaked, I guess the band decided to release them anyway”, unfortunately, this is basically what I think of the album. For the most part, and although not all of the songs are like this, most of the tracks are pretty weak and really nothing special. Although the songs just aren’t downright terrible, most of the material on here isn’t really anything special or notable to be placed on a record, it’s extremely clear why these tracks didn’t make the cut onto Toxicity. However, at the same time, Steal This Album still has a few tracks which I personally enjoy, and although they may not be completely up to the standard of Toxicity, which was a brilliant album, they’re still pretty good songs. If I had to compare these to previous albums, it’s really sort of follows

      in the structure of Toxicity but the songwriting just nearly isn’t as good. I like that the songs follow a good balance between pretty melodic and pretty aggressive, but some of the songs on here are just filler. On second thought, if some of these songs were just taken off and replaced – this album could’ve been a lot stronger. Nevertheless, although I personally think that this is System Of A Down’s weakest album thus far in 2009, the album isn’t just a complete failure, at least there’s still multiple tracks on here that I really enjoy and think are well written.

      The Good – I know that some fans will disagree with me on this statement, but I personally actually like Daron Malakian’s singing and I think he sounds really good with Tankian, on this album at least. I just listened to their debut record where Tankian basically did all the singing, there’s very little Malakian vocals on that album. Coming into this album, where Malakian actually sings for a pretty good amount of time which I personally enjoy. I mean I don’t think he’s great as a lead singer, at this point anyway, but as far as his background stuff, I felt it complimented Tankian’s voice as well ...


      • as the overall song very nicely. Some other good aspects to this album are that System went with a bit of different songwriting and general structure, the best example I can think of is the song “Boom!” which basically features a spoken word section as the verse before giving way to a normal singing chorus. Although it may not sound all that innovative, I personally think it works well with the song and sets the song apart from the others, which in my opinion is a crucial thing for songs – to be set apart from others. The lyrics continue to be highly metaphorical and symbolic yet they’re still strong and just continue to get better in my opinion. Well, Toxicity had better lyrics but these are definitely improvements over the debut album and some of the songs on here are just as good as the lyrics on Toxicity. Ironic that even some of System’s leftover material still has better material then the best songs that other nu metal bands would be writing during this time.

        The Bad – The biggest flaw of this album is that some of the songs on this album are truly just filler in my opinion. If these songs were to be replaced, or

        even just taken off, the album would sound so much better overall in my opinion. I’d much rather hear an album of say 7 strong songs than an album with 16 where most of them are average with a few gems and a few horrible tracks. I think that’s actually pretty important for any band, to be reasonable in the amount of tracks in an album. Let’s be honest and think here, 16 tracks for one album is really a lot of music, really no matter how short each of these songs are. When albums tend to be released with over 15 tracks I find that they really aren’t that great but when an album tends to have a lower amount of tracks like seven or eight, these songs are all worked on and paid attention in much finer detail and therefore, they just come out as better. The songwriting on some of the tracks is horrible, but at the same time, some of these songs have excellent songwriting and marked that System could easily still write good songs. In fact, now that I think about it, Steal This Album seems to lead in nicely to the double album Mezmerize/Hypnotize, the styles and structures between this album and the follow up just seem very similar.




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