System of a Down
Steal This Album!


5.0
classic

Review

by the_misery_chick USER (7 Reviews)
September 20th, 2005 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Steal This Album gets a fair amount of bad press. A lot of people say that it is just an odds & ends album that they just put together for kicks, but I beg ot differ. I believe that it is a definite underrated classic and is as complete as some of their more well publicised efforts such as Toxicity and Mezmerize.

It starts out with the astonishing "Chic 'n' Stu", a furious, quirky metal tune that is seemingly about pizza toppings?! (No Toto, we're not reviewing U2 now) But is in fact about advertising and companies manipulating customers. In fact, Steal This Album is full of cryptic hidden messages and weird nonsense lyrics. For example, the epic "Mr. Jack" contains lines such as "is that the mousthwash in your eyes?" You may not know what the hell Serj and the boys are on about, but you can feel that they're on about something vital.

However, some of their (even) more political numbers are a lot more direct. For example "A.D.D.", a song that could easily fill up Twickenham Stadium is a mid tempo tune that can be harrowing and direct at different times. It has lyrics such as "the remainder is an unjustifiable, egotistical power struggle at the expense of the American Dream". That's definitely not cryptic or nonsense. That's DOWN. TO. EARTH.

Then there are my personal favourites. The amazingly ethereal "Ego Brain", "Roulette" and "Streamline" which have the right combination of thrash, elegance, weirdness and catchy hooks. They are the jewels in Steal This Album's crown.

There are songs on here that can and will be filed under "silly". "Pictures", "36" and "IEAIAIO" are the main ones, mostly because of the vocals. "Pictures" has Serj doing what I think is a chicken impression, "36" is just random and "AIEIAIO" has an Eastern European choir and nonsense lyrics. F**k The System is just well... I dunno. But this doesn't make them less top quality songs.

I love this album. The production is brilliant - it has a good balance of gritty and clean. These are also tracks that they couldn't fit on other albums (Toxicity?) or they weren't allowed to put some tracks on. So if these are the rejects, then imagine what the cream of the crop sound like!



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Rudd13
September 20th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Whoa. I gotta disagree.

This album is the worst by the band in my opinion. i can only stand a few choice songs, and the rest is complete sh1t compared to S/T and Toxicity.

Nonetheless, good review. You do great work. :thumb:

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
September 20th 2005


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The only good song on this CD is Mr. Jack, this CD just isn't good...

poprocks&coke
September 20th 2005


3 Comments


I like this CD. It was the first SOAD album I listened to. True, it can't compare to Mezmerize, but I still like it.

Well written review too. :thumb:

barosjn
September 20th 2005


501 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You forgot to talk about one other silly song... F**k the System.

Alien Six
September 20th 2005


81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

When I first bought this CD I thought it wasn't that good. A few months later I started listening to it I came to like it more and more. Since the release of Mezmerize I've come to enjoy it even more.

It feels alot like a transition album between Toxicity and Mezmerize. Somehow listening to Mezmerize made me like this one even more.

I think it's a very undeappreciated album. I actually think alot of the intrumentality is superior to Toxicity.

Roulette and Streamline are some of SOAD's best songs IMO. Most of the songs are just plain fun for me, like I-E-A-I-A-I-O and F**k the System.

I dunno why alot of fans dislike it really, but since thinking of it as their experimentation to what will eventually become Mezmerize and (presumably) Hypnotize I've liked it alot more.

I give it a solid 4/5.This Message Edited On 09.20.05

NEDM
September 20th 2005


1113 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Ehh, I mega disagreee.

IMO, this was the bands worst album. Half the songs weren't even listenable. The only thing I could stand, was Bubbles.

But as always, good review :smoke:

Thor
September 20th 2005


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This review is wrong wrong wrong.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
September 20th 2005


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Oh, and no way are they like Mr. Bungle.This Message Edited On 09.20.05

Werny
September 20th 2005


148 Comments


I love this album. It has a immature, flat out rocking spirit to it that is absent from most music today that gets too full of itself and loses the original point of music.

I-E-A-I-A-I-O is one of the most uplifting songs I've ever heard. I'm not joking.

And unlike his other efforts, I like the backup vocalist's efforts on here, he adds to the whole fun feeling.

Awesome.

the_misery_chick
September 21st 2005


76 Comments


thanks for the positive comments...
and fine be that way for the negatives...
some v divided opinions here.

ninjasmurf
September 21st 2005


28 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

roulette is brilliant an mr.jack is pretty dam gd 2

the_misery_chick
October 10th 2005


76 Comments


yaay ;)


_unknownST
October 10th 2005


256 Comments


y has that guy got no name..................

anyway i hated Mezmerize but i love S.O.A.D..... ppl think im weird because i think this is their best album musically and lyriacaaly and their best overall

the_misery_chick
October 11th 2005


76 Comments


hey no name glad for clarifying the points i said. i was wondering what those songs were really about i think this is one of their best albums as well unkown, so you're not alone hehe

_unknownST
October 11th 2005


256 Comments


YAY for once on this site someone agrees

also is it BOOM that he just talks during the verse?This Message Edited On 10.11.05

Neoteric
October 11th 2005


3243 Comments


Yes.

I like this album, it's....different.

_unknownST
October 11th 2005


256 Comments


how many CD covvers were available 4 this? i got serj's blue one

the_misery_chick
October 12th 2005


76 Comments


i theenk there are two. i have the white one. the blue one is the clean version

I Sold Me Soul For Rock N Roll
October 12th 2005


9 Comments


im not bitching,but this album sucks. toxicity got better than the first,then this ruined it.

the_misery_chick
October 13th 2005


76 Comments


eh o well





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