Serj Tankian
Lie Lie Live


1.0
awful

Review

by Maximilian Harkness USER (65 Reviews)
September 4th, 2008 | 16 replies | 6,625 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


7 of 7 thought this review was well written

In the world of album releases, Elect The Dead was a slight disappointment, anyone could admit that. Serj Tankian’s voice and lyrics were there, but the instrumentation and song writing absolutely were not, and for some fans Elect The Dead quite a tedious and boring album to listen to. Despite that, the album was a success, selling over 300,000 copies, making Serj a star. Because he is a now star, the time is starting to come for worthless merchandise of self-advertisement to start popping to bring cough up more dough for the wallets of the label and Serj. Lie Lie Live EP is one of the first cases of worthless merchandise to pop up, containing two boring live performances and three god awful remixes, and none of which seem to work or fit together to make a cohesive unit.

Serj isn’t exactly the best live vocalist, but he does get the job done. System of A Down songs involved the band to put up a frantic and crazy performance, and Serj’s would follow along with that, making for an entertaining live performance. The songs from Serj’s solo album are bland, generic, and boring, and thus Serj’s live vocals tend to just drag along with the instrumentation. He doesn’t really do much to save the performances from being tiring, with the exception of the last chorus of "Lie Lie Lie" where his vocals sound energetic and powerful, just like they should be. The music on the live performance "The Unthinking Majority" also seems to lack some of the epic nature that they had in the album, and seem to just plod along drearily. If Serj and his band had taken a caffeine pill, the songs would have been much more entertaining.

Where this EP completely dies in quality are the three remixes: "Empty Walls (Victorious Club Remix)", "Sky Is Over (Fawks Yeah Remix)", and "Empty Walls (Dub Remix)". Both Empty Walls remixes are some of the worst songs that I have ever heard remixed. "Empty Walls (Victorious Club Remix)" tries to sound interesting by adding different sections and parts, but overall sounds like an empty industrial mess that is trying to sound progressive, whereas "Empty Walls (Dub Remix)" attempts to sound atmospheric and soothing, but goes absolutely nowhere. "Sky Is Over (Fawks Yeah Remix)" isn’t nearly as bad as the other two remixes, but still tries to blend too many genres with the original song and sounds completely forced and out of place.

An utter fiasco would be the perfect word for Lie Lie Live EP. The songs don’t flow together at all, and sounds completely forced and pushed upon. Serj Tankian has the chance to make really good music, but stuff like this just isn’t doing the job for him. The thing Serj needs to do is to get with some excellent musicians, and try to write music with them, instead of taking of the songwriting as whole. Serj is a good artist, but with the turn of recent events, we realize that he cannot make brilliant music all alone.



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bastard
September 4th 2008



3435 Comments


it's back bitches

charlesfishtitz
September 4th 2008



784 Comments


Capitalize your first sentence.

bastard
September 4th 2008



3435 Comments


got it.

McP3000
September 4th 2008



3941 Comments


i despise this man

why does he make music

charlesfishtitz
September 4th 2008



784 Comments


I think im done here.

Platonism
September 4th 2008



168 Comments


You despise him? Why do you despise him?

badtaste
September 4th 2008



824 Comments


Nice review. Good job convincing me of its crappiness.

Re-read your first paragraph though, you've got a few typo/grammar mistakes.

gaber01
September 4th 2008



112 Comments


I like this review.

Everyone associated with SoaD should have stopped making music after Toxicity.

bastard
September 4th 2008



3435 Comments


Mezmerize and STA are better than Toxicity though.

McP3000
September 4th 2008



3941 Comments


Everything related to Serj Tankian or SOAD absolutely pains my ears

rasputin
September 4th 2008



14538 Comments


[quote=charlesfishtitz]I think im done here.[/quote]
Off to save the world another day!

Also, get rid of the album title at the top of your review. It's written literally 5 centimetres above the review in a huge font, you don't need to repeat it.This Message Edited On 09.04.08

AtavanHalen
September 4th 2008



17927 Comments


Mezmerize and STA are better than Toxicity though.

Hahahahahaha.

gimo80
September 4th 2008



223 Comments


I prefer Mezmerize to Toxicity, actually - the musicianship is more focused and the melodies are just scrumptious. Toxicity is an awesome album, but I just feel Mezmerize is more consistent.
Great review, I can't stand Live EPs.

bastard
September 4th 2008



3435 Comments


Off to save the world another day!

Also, get rid of the album title at the top of your review. It's written literally 5 centimetres above the review in a huge font, you don't need to repeat it.


All right, I will get rid of it.

Wizard
September 14th 2008



19335 Comments


Great review. Really well written. Wouldn't releasing an album like this kind of go against his integrity and what he stands for? Oh wait, he made Elect the Dead.

Digging: YOB - Clearing The Path To Ascend

bastard
September 14th 2008



3435 Comments


thanks wizzy.



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