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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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Roulette
I have a problem that I cannot explain I have no reason why it should have been so plain Have no questions but I sure have excuse I lack the reason... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. This could be one of the most important records of the year.
  2. Alternative Press
    90
    The tracks on Steal come off as much more assured and comfortable than those on Toxicity. [Jan 2003, p.81]
  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. 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.
  5. A relevant addition to System's catalog.
  6. Q Magazine
    70
    Whatever it lacks in cohesive identity it more than makes up for in chaotic invention. [Feb 2003, p.107]
  7. Blender
    50
    What's most impressive is that music of this caliber got left off their albums. [#13, p.100]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 64
  2. Negative: 0 out of 64
  1. Mar 5, 2012
    10
    The best system of a down album
  2. michaelc
    Mar 29, 2003
    10
    This album rulzzzz and so does toxicity. They're both great.
  3. JesseB
    Dec 6, 2002
    10
    this album, outtakes or not, is as good if not better than both of the other system of a down cd's. it is amazing.
  4. SeiyenaD
    Apr 6, 2006
    10
    Best Album made by SOAD, it's a real good step up from Toxicity, extremely catchy!
  5. timd
    Dec 24, 2002
    9
    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 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
  6. Aug 9, 2018
    9
    It's musical potential makes you forget that this album are just Toxicity's studio's leftovers. This one trips in many elements like theIt's musical potential makes you forget that this album are just Toxicity's studio's leftovers. This one trips in many elements like the already-known Armenian influences, progressive chords, acoustic acts, punk and speed metal influences. Steal this album is more complete than Toxicity because it is so stuffed, as by track numbers as the eclecticism and sometimes gives the impression that being even better than its predecessor. Expand
  7. Sep 10, 2011
    5
    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 andThis 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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