Elect The Dead - Serj Tankian
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  • Summary: The System of a Down singer's solo debut album features fellow bandmate John Dolmayan on drums, along with players from Primus and opera singer Ani Maldjian.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Factor in politics, social commentary, and highly individualistic posey, and Elect gets our vote for the liveliest mixed-bag marvel of the season. [26 Oct 2007, p.69]
  2. Tankian has always got one more surprise up his sleeve. But his scatter-shot approach does not detract from the acuity of his polemical insights
  3. 80
    He's screaming louder than ever on his solo CD, but what's notable is how all the titanium riffs and loud-soft-loud dynamics now feel personalized, a little cozier and multihued than on SOAD record. [Nov 2007, p.157]
  4. Tankian hasn't yet mastered the art of editing himself for time: Inspiring as its genre-jumping is in spurts, Elect The Dead gains and loses momentum enough that even fans may not stick around long enough for the best parts.
  5. Elect The Dead is both impressive and bewildering--almost as if SOAD's wildest excesses have been standardised.
  6. Here, without the berserk velocity of System's guitarist Daron Malakian, he is a little more conventional and a little less interesting.
  7. It would almost be pretty or epic if Tankian hadn't done this sort of thing ten times over already: nonsensical title, half-time verses balladeered in a faux-operatic style before rushing into the "unpredictable" chorus, which is uncomfortably wordier than ever I might add.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. Jul 14, 2012
    10
    Very powerful album...Incredible songs. Very beautiful vocals. Sonds like Honking Antelope, Lie Lie Lie and The Unthinking Majority are unique.
  2. Oct 19, 2010
    10
    I loved this album. It has the power that blows mind. Lyrics that Tankian wrote are really deep, however I liked his voice more when he was in System of a Down, but if you loved SOAD then Elect the Dead is for you! Expand
  3. Nov 10, 2011
    10
    Hands down some of Serj's best work, a definite departure from his earlier work with System. I would recommend this to anyone who cared to listen.
  4. Jun 27, 2011
    9
    Solo albums from members of successful are nothing new and though many are forgettable affairs, thankfully Serj Tankian's Elect The Dead is not one of them. Most songs are in the same vein as those of System Of A Down, the band of which he was a member. Songs critcizing society (The Unthinking Majority, PTLAPTA) reflect this clearly. This is not a negative remark and any SOAD will surely enjoy this album. Though some songs are more memorable than others, there are no weak tracks on this album. Tankian employs catchy melodies (Lie Lie Lie, Sky Is Over), frantic pacing (Empty Walls, Beethoven's C***) and somberness (Saving Us, Elect The Dead) to great effective. These songs make for a well-rounded and exceptional album from an artist who deserves as much success as his band receives. Expand
  5. Mar 27, 2012
    8
    A very varied album. Overall, I think it is a very good album with quite a strong, important message. There are some not so strong tracks, for instance Elect the Dead and Beethoven's C***. But most the other tracks are phenomenal. Some tracks which particularly standout are Baby, Lie Lie Lie and Feed Us. A very well made album. Expand

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