Serj Tankian
Jazz-Iz-Christ


4.0
excellent

Review

by Rastapunk USER (30 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2013 | 29 replies


Release Date: 07/23/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Jazz Fusion produced by Serj Tankian. A very well executed piece of music.

Serj Tankian is a well known artist in the World of Rock and Metal. He is the frontman of System Of A Down and has released many solo albums. He owns a recoding company, Serjical Strikes that produced artists such as Buckethead, Bad Acid Trip, Axis Of Justice, himself and Serart (Serj Tankian and Arto Tuncboyaciyan ). In a little over a year, Serj Tankian has released three solo albums (Harakiri, Orca and now Jazz-Iz-Christ), needless to say he is a busy artist. Fans know that Serj can unpredictable as to what he can produce (Serart for example) Jazz-Iz-Christ is probably one of his best surprise. Many of the listeners will find the music weird or even bad, but this Jazz Fusion is a well known genre in France with bands like Le Peuple De L'Herbe and Chinese Man. Don't expect this album to be a "normal" jazz record, it isn't.

Although Fish Don't Scream starts like a normal jazz album, you will soon understand what I mean, and understand what is jazz fusion. It is basically jazz with other influences, Serj uses Rock and Dub. The song goes from a calm and peaceful instrumentation to a heavy rocking drums that create the feeling you get when listening to a heavy metal song. That song is the perfect example of what to expect from this album. Most of the songs are instrumentals and Serj Tankian sings on only three of them (Valeri Tostlov sings on End Of Time with a sensual voice). Far from being a negative point, this might be a turn off to many fans used to the "usual" music of Serj Tankian. All of the instrumentals are very enjoyable, with solos and riffs all coming from different instruments.

The highlights of this album is probably Distant Thing, with Serj Tankian singing calmly over a peaceful atmosphere. The only downside of that song is Stewart Copeland. Don't get me wrong, he plays drum very well but on this song his potential isn't used at all, he's just here to keep a basic cymbal rhythm. Song Of The Sand is very similar to the previous song, Serj Tankian gives some of his best vocal performance since his Elect The Dead Symphony record. Miso Soup might remind you of his usual work, with a very classical instrumentation and Serj Tankian singing "miso soup/miso soup/we all like miso soup" and ends it on an awesome vocal performance. The four songs where we have some vocals will probably be the ones that stand out from this album as they are different from the others and are actually very enjoyable.

It might be hard to appreciate this album if you're not used to this genre but if you used to it, this is an excellent album. The only disappointment you can have is if you expected it to be a straight up jazz album or if you wanted to hear Serj singing on all tracks. Although the instrumentals are all very enjoyable, they lack in standing out and this is what brings this album down a little.



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Rastapunk
August 3rd 2013


769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So do you like Miso Soup?

Ire
August 3rd 2013


41829 Comments


psh nuh uh

Rastapunk
August 3rd 2013


769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yu uh!

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
August 3rd 2013


3495 Comments


that cover lol

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StallionMang
August 3rd 2013


6138 Comments


that cover lol [2]

I had no idea Serj had 2 new solo albums until now. And I'm not sure I really care.

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BassDemon333
August 3rd 2013


3415 Comments


Serj really need to just stop with these solo albums and make a new album with System already. Then again a new System album would only be good if Daron's vocals were toned down, which will probably never happen.

jefflebowski
August 3rd 2013


8257 Comments


worst album cover/title combination since yeezus

BigPleb
August 3rd 2013


37857 Comments


I'm a fucking veteran.

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JazzHands333
August 3rd 2013


313 Comments


Pretty good review, though the conclusion's a little anti-climactic.

TheSmashBro
August 4th 2013


258 Comments


This review isn't very well written. Sorry

I like Serj's solo stuff quite a bit, specifically Harakiri. Orca was cool too. Definitely checking this out

Rastapunk
August 4th 2013


769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No problems, what is wrong with it? I'd like to know to improve it on the next one .

RadicalEd
August 6th 2013


2827 Comments


album blows.

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Andrewffcc
August 21st 2013


171 Comments


Dammit serj.. why

Rastapunk
August 22nd 2013


769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why not? It's good!

Andrewffcc
August 22nd 2013


171 Comments


I just.... no

Rastapunk
August 23rd 2013


769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn man, good argument!

Andrewffcc
August 24th 2013


171 Comments


Not trying to argue.. just no..

Rastapunk
August 27th 2013


769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No to what? Was the review well written? You can hate the album and not agree with the rating and the review be well written. That's what I want to know

Cipieron
August 27th 2013


3508 Comments


ratings spread looks like it's giving the middle finger




kinda like what serj has done to his fans the past few years with all these shit, non-SoaD albums

Rastapunk
August 30th 2013


769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well thank god he's not making CDs just to please his fans... We'll be having music with no soul or fun if he was.



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