1 Soldier Side - Intro 2 B.Y.O.B. 3 Revenga 4 Cigaro 5 Radio/Video 6 This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song 7 Violent Pornography 8 Question! 9 Sad Statue 10 Old School Hollywood 11 Lost In Hollywood
From start to finish this album is faultless. This fourth release from the political misfits System of a Down covers everything you would expect from them. Those looking for any great change of direction or reinvention will be disappointed but for the hardcore SOAD fans, this is another release to give you the instant feeling of wanting to punch someone out wherever you may be listening to it.
I have heard a lot of people bitching about the fact that Daron (the guitarist and normally back up vocals) is getting a lot of limelight on the album singing as front man. Granted Serj can turn any lyric into gold, but kudo's still need to be given where due, and Daron does a bloody stand up job in adding a slightly different dimension in the harmony vocals almost sounding slightly Robert Smith (The Cure) in some songs.
Stand out tunes for me where definitely Radio/Video, Violent Pornography and Sad Statue. The lyrics are, as expected, very politically motivated but even with the majority of us living outside of the US of A, SOAD still convey their feelings of angst and frustration extremely well. "We'll all go down in history with a sad statue of liberty" is not only a direct attack at the current state of affairs in the US but also relays attitudes currently felt around the world.
Of course in classic System style they switch in 10 seconds from something as serious as the war to "My cock is much bigger then yours" which immediately lightens the general mood of the album.
The thing I love about these albums are how they combine songs so well. Each song leads on to the other with the perfect change in tempo and rhythm. Serj has this undeniably brilliance to make his voice part of the musical output. The timing of a scream, harmony or complete stop is sensational, which really puts him on a pedestal as one of the worlds most complete vocalists.
You will probably need to listen to the album three or four times before you really "get it", but when you do you will realise that this simply one of the greatest bands currently in existence today.
I don't exactly know what the second half of this compilation "Hypnotize" is going to produce or what direction it will go in, but that's why we love this band, they just keep us guessing.
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