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Review: "Steal This Album!" By American Nu-Metal Band System Of A Down

Updated on October 12, 2017

Steal This Album! (front cover)


System of a Down is a band that is really creative

How often do you have fun every day? Is it for 30 minutes? Is it for one hour? Or are you so busy that you only have fun every once in a while? How often do you have fun? This is an important question to ask. So many of us are so busy and stressed out trying to meet the day to day responsibilities that a lot of us don’t even have enough fun moments in our lives. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There is no excuse to not have fun in your life. This writer has fun and enjoyment reviewing albums of all genres. The next album to be reviewed and analyzed is the album called Steal This Album! That is the third album by the nu-metal and rock band System of a Down.

A Few Good Points About the Band

Not only does this band have very intellectual and thought-provoking lyrics, but they also have music that is high energy. However, this band tends to have songs that are usually in the 2.5 to three minute range. System of a Down’s albums tend to be over pretty fast so make sure you enjoy the experience. I’ve liked System of a Down’s music since at least 2005 when I had their 2001 album Toxicity at the time. This third album of theirs is weaker than System of a Down (self-titled) album or the mentioned 2nd album. I don’t think there is any song on this album that is as good as the song called Forest.

Track Listing for Steal This Album!

  1. Chic ‘N’ Stu
  2. Innervision
  3. Bubbles
  4. Boom!
  5. Nuguns
  6. A.D.D. (American Dream Denial)
  7. Mr. Jack
  8. I-E-A-I-A-I-O
  9. 36
  10. Pictures
  11. Highway Son
  12. **** the System
  13. Ego Brain
  14. Theta waves
  15. Roulette
  16. Streamline

The Song Bubbles

Bubbles is the first great song in the album

The first four lines of the opening song should be a clue to those of us that grew up in the 1980’s. Those are things that the late Chick Hearn would say when the Los Angeles Lakers had a game all but wrapped up. The song is actually about the powerful effects of advertising. Advertising encourages us to keep on buying things but advertising can also be very detrimental to our lives as well. Innervision is about people embarking on a search for their life’s meaning and purpose. Worded another way, this is the realization of the person’s inner vision. Bubbles is the first really awesome song on the album. This really heavy song along with the melody of the vocals make this short song a classic! The next song is called Boom! This song is about all the various social problems in the world including the effects of dropping bombs on innocent populations. As the song clearly states, it is all about the money as wars are started by countries for the purpose of achieving their own political goals. It is the innocent civilians of these countries that suffer the most. The next song A.D.D. is written to raise awareness of the decline of the American Dream. For many years, corporations have become motivated by greed and profits have started to matter more than people. If System of Down’s music has the power and influence to encourage people to start trying to become their own boss, then the band has done a pretty good job. Music has the power to heal certain emotions and it can also encourage us to take certain actions in our life that will lead us to better places. The next song has a weird title and it is fast with some chanting style vocals. This is one of the weakest songs in the career of System of a Down.

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Second half and final thoughts

After a really terrible song called 36, the band really redeems themselves with the fast song Pictures as Serj chants “I got pictures on my mind” incessantly but this is what makes the song better instead of making it worse. **** The System is an antiwar kind of song. Peace is always better than war but most of you are aware of this. Theta Waves shows more of the band’s melodic vocals which makes this another outstanding song to listen to. However, there are no guitar solos in this album and there are more “filler” or bad songs on this album than on their first two releases. The final score as of this writing would probably be a 75 out of 100 points. There are solid moments on this album but it is not enough to be considered an elite nu-metal release.

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The Song Theta Waves

© 2017 Ara Vahanian


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