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. JasonD
    Dec 4, 2002
    This Album ROCKS!!!
  2. Saturia666
    Apr 10, 2003
  3. zacharya
    Dec 7, 2002
    this album by far is the best
  4. SoadRocks
    Apr 13, 2003
    awesome as usual...
  5. SeiyenaD
    Apr 6, 2006
    Best Album made by SOAD, it's a real good step up from Toxicity, extremely catchy!
  6. timd
    Dec 24, 2002
    an outstanding collection of b-sides- far better than what most bands would call their A-material. this album is more experimental and has a lot more depth than toxicity in my opinion, and its lyrics are able to explore many more avenues than toxicty. I dont think anything comes close to the raw, frenetic anger of their self-titled album, but this album, with its creative infusion oF heavy riffs, progressive style and inspired vocals, does do great justice to the band. top stuff! 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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