System Of A Down

Steal This Album (American/Columbia 2002)

Album review

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So, I wonder...is this the offical new System Of A Down cd? Or just something to tide us over until the next full studio release? I hope it's the latter. On one hand it's 16 original tracks that we've never heard before, usually this consitutes a new album. On the other hand, these could just be leftovers that didn't make the last release...that's the conclusion I've reached after a few listens. This as a whole doesn't hold a candle to "Toxicity", but at the same time, it has it's moments. While the first track seems obnoxious, "Innervision" is System at their finest. Some other shinning moments include "Boom!", "Highway Song", "Ego Brain" and "Mr. Jack" which only starts off all pretty before kicking your ass. The lyrics seem to shift to the politically obvious on alot of these tracks, not as many metaphors, but musically we see System continuing to expand.
Overall, I wouldn't steal this album, though I might buy it.

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Reviewed by: Wolfie