Imperfect Harmonies - Serj Tankian

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Removed from the usual metal trappings to ride Imperfect Harmonies' lofty, trippy soundscapes, Tankian's lyrics carry surprising poetic weight. [Sep/Oct 2010, p.87]
  2. As a whole, Imperfect Harmonies is its own animal. Tankian proves that he can pull off his grand ambitions in a maximalist approach that creates something new from the ruins of everything he destroyed to get here.
  3. Forget imperfect--this bold reinvention is anything but. [Oct 2010, p.117]
  4. This is also some of Tankian's most accessible material to date, whether it's the grooving verses and exploding choruses of "Left of Center," the cascading ebb and flow of "Borders Are . . ." or the fierce charge of "Electron."
  5. His newest album, the sprawling, almost painfully eclectic Imperfect Harmonies, is ambitious to a fault: It seems like there's nothing Tankian doesn't want to accomplish in the space of a single album (except, unfortunately for his old-school fans, a return to anything resembling metal).
  6. Mixing the exotic sounds of Laibach, Sparks and forgotten camp Euro-disco heroes Army Of Lovers, he's on to a winner even if he feels he's losing the corporate fight.
  7. The splicing of classical instrumentation with electronica and jazz flourishes may alienate his old band's fans, but there is much to admire here. [Oct 2010, p.120]
  8. It's an easier to admire than to love. [18 Sep 2010, p.58]
  9. This album will not please everyone, but it is unique when compared to Tankian's work up to now, and that is what's best for everyone.
  10. 40
    Imperfect Harmonies plays as if Frank Zappa had lived to experience the glories of the Crystal Method, Ozzfest, George W. Bush, and Final Fantasy X.
  11. On his latest solo effort, System of a Down man, Serj Tankian, continues to stride further and further away from the sound that was once his bread and butter.
  12. 40
    System Of A Down frontman is caught trying too hard. Again. [Oct. 2010, p. 101]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Sep 23, 2010
    This album is a true masterpiece. Starting with the powerful and beautifully driven disowned inc. all the way through wings of summer. The album flows nicely as it has nice elements of all instruments. The listener will get lost in the sheer beauty of the instrumentation. Full Review »
  2. Aug 12, 2011
    A 67? Seriously?
    Imperfect Harmonies' grandiosity cannot be understated. This record is a masterpiece of emotion, pulsing with life at every
    level. Brilliant orchestration and limitless beauty abound. Serj's mannerisms can be a turn-off to some, but even for all its quirks Imperfect Harmonies is to great to be soiled. Nobody else is making albums like this these days. Full Review »
  3. Jun 28, 2012
    This is incredible album. This album contains various and beautiful songs as well as any previous work of Serj. I miss System so match but I can not deny the quality of this album. Full Review »