Steal This Album - System Of A Down
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  • Summary: Not the true follow-up to 'Toxicity' that fans were hoping for, 'Steal This Album' instead consists of outtakes from that 2001 album, originally leaked on the Internet in rough versions and now polished up for release on CD.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
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  1. The tracks on Steal come off as much more assured and comfortable than those on Toxicity. [Jan 2003, p.81]
  2. This could be one of the most important records of the year.
  3. Many of ''Album's'' tunes work as vibrant stand-alone compositions, which not only makes this an impressive disc but also makes ''Toxicity'' seem all the more masterful: Even the rejects sound pretty damn great.
  4. A relevant addition to System's catalog.
  5. The singer's curious persona is mirrored by the musical pyrotechnics, Queen meets Rage Against The Machine in a metal production of Godspell!, an inventiveness and fury that makes their MTV contemporaries look as dynamic as lard models of Linkin Park.
  6. Whatever it lacks in cohesive identity it more than makes up for in chaotic invention. [Feb 2003, p.107]
  7. 50
    What's most impressive is that music of this caliber got left off their albums. [#13, p.100]

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  1. Positive: 80 out of 82
  2. Negative: 1 out of 82
  1. May 14, 2014
    I didn't care for this album much when it was released. I think I expected something a little more along the lines of Toxicity. Going back and listening to it without any positive nostalgia has definitely changed my opinion. The whole album is absolutely solid and a joy to listen to. Favorites include A.D.D., Boom, and Mr. Jack. Expand
  2. Mar 5, 2012
    The best system of a down album
  3. Jun 27, 2011
    Possible the best SOAD album, combining their criticisms of society (Boom!, A.D.D.) with the unusual, unorthodox style that makes them hard to properly categorize (36, Bubbles). Each song is criminally catchy and covers a wide range of themes; from paranoia to global atrocities to just about everything in between. A crazy but confident album. Expand
  4. Jan 20, 2011
    This is one of my favorite SOAD records. This record is much better than their two recent albums. Toxicity is better but this one is great also.
  5. Nov 24, 2011
    I didnt like it as much as I did as their previous album but it shows how much System has come into their own sound and how much they have changed as well. Expand
  6. Apr 21, 2012
    System of a Down's worst album, it's still a decent album that anyone could listen to but it sounds repetitive and it's definitely not in the same league as their eponymous album, Toxicity or Mezmerize. Expand
  7. Sep 10, 2011
    This was not as good as I expected. It's no TOXICITY, but it's fun, crazy, and insane. I love System of a Down. They're so great and amazing. No doubt about it. Expand

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