System of a Down
Steal This Album!



by Acey USER (43 Reviews)
October 28th, 2006 | 16 replies

Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Short, yet sweet, this is a great album for anyone to listen to, although it can be a bit explicit. SOAD do a good job and can be as original as they want.

Steal This Album is one of the best, if not the best albums to be creative. Serj and Co. do a great job at rebounding from a hit album in Toxicity. I also think that this was the album where they put the songs that they thought weren’t good enough to make the cut for Toxicity. While musically, they may not be, but lyrically, they are brilliant. The CD is short, totaling just over 40 minutes of music, and the average song being just over 2 and a half minutes long. The album opener Chic ‘N’ Stu, is an instant opener classic, talking about pizza, but could be talking about advertising. A great opener.

Serj does a great job explaining his views of the American Government, as always. Songs like Bubbles, Boom! and A.D.D., with A.D.D. (American Dream Denial)being my personal favorite on the album, describe their views very well. Not only do they sing very good, about lyrics, they are catchy songs as well. The chorus for A.D.D. goes like this:
We don’t give a damn about your world with all your global profits and all youre to oppose
We don’t give a damn about your world
Right now...
We don’t give a *** about your world with all your global profits and all youre to oppose
We don’t give a *** about your world
Right now...
To me, this is about how the dream as Americans keeps on changing, saying we want this, rather than that, and is fueled by power instead of freedom. A great song lyrically and musically, as it is very speedy. Most of these songs on this album are about how the American Government is run by the people, but yet the people have no say in it whatsoever.

Daron has matured as a guitarist, and has been known for his very fast riffs. While he is labeled as a nu-metal guitarist, he is improving and evolving into something better with every album they release. This is his album where he shines the most, and has fast riffs in almost every song, using harmonics and soloing very effectively, as in songs like F**k The System and I-E-A-I-A-I-O. The latter song was released as a single, and had some pretty good success, but not anywhere as good as any song off of Toxicity.

As I have mentioned in my other SOAD review, the ballads are amazing, and there is two key songs that define the ballad term on this CD. It is Roulette and Streamline. Streamline is more of a hard rock song, but the way they sing it is just simply amazing. Serj shows his vocal talent and how he can have some range while singing. At the very end, they bring in the orchestra, and is a great way to end a great album. Roulette features Serj and Daron doing the signature dual vocals that SOAD have been known to do, and the excellent guitar work and orchestra to accompany the vocals equates for a good song. You couldn’t compare it to anything because it is that good, and is definitive of SOAD at its best, whether it be a ballad or not. There is maybe two or three SOAD songs that are better, that is Spiders, from the s/t album, Chop Suey! from Toxicity, or Holy Mountains from Hypnotize. Great song nonetheless.

The only real rock song on here, and the album’s first single, Innervision, was a good choice for the album’s lead single, as it could hold its own for being (musically, and possibly lyrically) the best song on the album, and really put Steal This Album! on the market as a must have record for everybody. Everything about the band is going smoothly on this song, and shows the good side of SOAD.

Serj’s lyrics and how he sings him
Good choice for singles
Catchy as hell

Too short
Very few solos
You can barely hear Shavo, the bassist (yet very talented)

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Chic ‘N’ Stu

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Mister Mop
October 28th 2006


Album Rating: 1.5

i personally hate system. They were my favourite band for a while after they released their debut... but then along came chop suey and that pretty much just killed it for me

i can understand why people do like them but they are just not my type of thing

October 28th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

Average review, I shall not vote because I found this review not really bad, yet it's also not good enough to vote yes. Small improvement: scrap that line after the bassist con, he isn't very talented.

The Jungler
October 28th 2006


You have 36 reviews and yet every sentence still sounds as awkward as the average person's first. You had some well-written portions, but overall the review is fairly bland. Try to find some intresting adjectives, a cool subject for an intro, anything really to spice up your review.
I used to be a fan of SOAD, but they just played out for me. Plus all the idiots at my school started to worship them, that sure didn't help at all.

October 28th 2006


Album Rating: 2.0

Not fond of this album, even less fond of the review.

October 28th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

I really like this album. Maybe more than their self-titled and Toxicity.

October 28th 2006


This is an ok album. Chick' N 'Stu is awesome though.

October 28th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

so-so review. Its weird how you can come out with this amazing review then later something like this.

Brain Dead
October 28th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah Acey. I mean, come on. This is your 36th review! I don't know if you can tell, because you wrote it, but your introduction is nonsensical and completely boring. Sorry to be so harsh, but you have to pick it up.

The Door Mouse
October 28th 2006


Yeah take an extra 20 min or so on you reviews because it seems like you rush them. Only Neoteric can do that.

October 28th 2006


Album Rating: 2.5

What's with all the love for this album lately? It's really not that good, besides a handful of songs.

October 28th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

SOAD is a joke that aint that funny ne more...

October 28th 2006


SOAD is a joke that aint that funny anymore...

This, basically.

And Acey, c'mon man. I've been trying to give you pointers on your last reviews, but are you even paying attention to them? Your writing style has barely improved at all since you started. Sorry to be harsh, but you just aren't listening to advice.

October 28th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

i try, chan, but i am going to take your advice and try to write a decent review. if it isnt a tbt, i cant do it, i guess. i will have this and a few other of my reviews deleted and rewrite them

October 28th 2006


Acey, it seems as if you rush through your reviews. Reviewing takes time. If you whip together 4 paragrpahs in a half hour, your review will more than likely suck. This was brought up in an earlier review you wrote, but read some of Med57's and Spat Out Plath's reviews. They're of high quality, and give nice descriptive break downs of songs. For the future, don't rush through your reviews. Your reviews will be better if you take your time.

October 28th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

i will. i promise, i usually listen to the music when i review as well.

April 6th 2012


Album Rating: 3.5

awesome review

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