Reverend Jax Posted January 6, 2003 Share Posted January 6, 2003 For those of you that don't know, Steal This Album! isn't a real album. A real album is the best songs from a recording session. All the stuff on this album was recorded during the Toxicity Sessions (see my review of Toxicity here). This is all the stuff that was cut and left out off the album. The songs leaked out onto the internet, so the band decided to release them on a new disc, hence it looking like a burnt Memorex disc. So clearly, if this is a disc of stuff that was cut from the Toxicity album, you'd be foolish to get your hopes up and expect anything as good as Toxicity. While it is not as good and not as solid as Toxicity, it is a surprisingly great disc, better than the first SOAD disc and much better than any other 'left-overs' discs I'ver heard (Reload, Incesticide, Pisces Iscariot). It has some really incredible gems (Chic 'N' Stu, Boom!, Mr Jack, Ego Brain, just to name a few). I-E-A-I-A-I-O is a great display of Serj's vocal talents, both in speed and African-styleisms. There are really no bad songs here, it's definitely something you can listen to all the way through (I have several times already). You can sing along to about half the songs after just one or two listens. The only thing that's bothered me about this is that Innervision is the sogn they choose to promot it. While it's not a bad song, it's the least in-your-face song. You can listen to it without paying attention to it. You can't really do that with most SOAD song because of all the time changes and vocal craziness. SOAD is too great to be faded into the background they should release singles that reflect the furosity of their music, not that downplay it. Songs like Chic 'N' Stu might be a might much, but Mr Jack or Ego Brain would have been better choices. This is a minor complant as it doesn't effect the experience of listening to the whole disc Innervision is a fine song and works well after Chic 'N' Stu. If you liked Toxicity, this collection won't disappoint you. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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