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Steal This Album!
     

Steal This Album!

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by System of a Down
 

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In most cases, bands put out these odds and sods collections for die-hard fans, to fulfill a record deal, or to stall while they're taking seven years to record a follow-up. Steal This Album!, on the other hand, definitely does NOT fit any of those ideals. Firstly, its almost impossible to think of this as an "outtakes" record. System of a Down has managed to

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In most cases, bands put out these odds and sods collections for die-hard fans, to fulfill a record deal, or to stall while they're taking seven years to record a follow-up. Steal This Album!, on the other hand, definitely does NOT fit any of those ideals. Firstly, its almost impossible to think of this as an "outtakes" record. System of a Down has managed to make tracks from a seven-year period sound cohesive without having to embellish or sacrifice. Some might argue that maybe they're just treading water. Not true. If System proved anything with 2001's Toxicity, it's that they're one of the few breaths of fresh air out there in mainstream metal land. This collection is no different, and with its amazing pacing, it's hard to not be moved by what this band can do. Secondly, Steal This Album! has everything that a "normal" album release would have; it's heavy without being a burden, political without being condescending, and in some cases, downright beautiful. It's been mentioned that this is the link to what they've done and what they're moving towards. If that turns out to be true, the next one should be a monster. [The clean edition edits any swearing or questionable language.]

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Release Date:
11/26/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998711822
catalogNumber:
87118
Rank:
74677

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Steal This Album! 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ther's no other band in the world like these 4 crazy guy....the only good news from the usa about metal togheter with fantomas...maybe a little bit more melancholic but however a true masterpiece of reinventedmetal...every time u drop the bomb u kill the god your child has born....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some may say the other two albums were better but they are apparentlly not true System fans... if they didn't try to "steal" unfinished System music through the internet they never would have sent this album out so soon after Toxicity and then they would have relized the essance of Steal this Album! They don't care no matter what anyway. They are just trying to get heard. If you don't like their art then they won't care... you are intitled to your own thought. Though I LOVE ALL THEIR MUSIC... maybe it's because they actually speak out unlike this "glacial pop climate" this country is in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
want to hear one of the best songs of all time?buy this album and listen to "ego brain". no words can describe this great song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
SYSTEM OF A DOWN IS THE BEST BAND EVER! FROM THEIR FIRST SELF-TITLED CD TO "STEAL THIS ALBUM!" SOAD HAS ALWAYS BEEN AWSOME! FROM THE SWEET VOCALS FROM SERJ TANKIAN TO THE ROCKING GUITAR PLAYED BY DARON MALAKIAN, NO ONE MATCHES UP TO SYSTEM OF A DOWN!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I stole this CD and it was awsome. what? whats that you say? no i stole it off the internet I've raelly never paid for a cd because no cd is worth my $17 hard earned dallors. But if i was to really had to pay a cd it would have to be this one. I mean Toxicity really was kinda lamme it was watered down but this one they didn't hold back at all. MISFITS RULE!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
System has returned to it's original style of 1998 hardcore guitar, and less fooling around with studio effects in this CD. Their lyrical style still progresses foward into the politically inspired.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd completes me. the best SOAD album and maybe one of the best in my collection. All of the songs blew me away with their complexity and hard-pounding rythm. And finally, they have gained back that touch of Armenian rythm that makes them so unique. Chic'n'Stu - 6/10 - A song about pizza and advertisements... need I say more? Innervision - 7/10 - one of the only two singles from this album and it's ok. definately not the best on the album. talks about recreating human society from the start. Bubbles - 9/10 - Awesome. Really fast riffs and awesome pounding rhythms. One of my favorite songs to play on guitar. Talks about people blindly abiding and following power struggles. Boom! - 7/10 - the other single. perhaps the most politically-charged song of them all. downfall - chorus is repetative and somewhat annoying. Talks about everything wrong with corporation and war. Nuguns - 8/10 - Fast rocking and slow riffs. Pretty cool mix. Talks about how people do anything for money... even if it means killing someone in the process. ADD - 10/10 - Genious. This song is awesome. It combines the best of both worlds: seemingly incoherent words and rhythms and somehow molds them into an awesome rush of rock. Talks about how when the usa is at war, bush seems to forget about all of us down here. Mr. Jack - 7/10 - cool guitar parts. downfall - slow in parts and you have to wait about 2 minutes for the actual song. Talks about... uh... child molestors i think... I-E-A-I-A-I-O - 6/10 - really annoying guitar parts and chorus, but the fast riffs and verses are pretty cool. talks about... NOTHING! THIS SONG IS MADE OF RANDOM WORDS THROWN TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 36 - -2/10 - oh. my. GOD! completely stupid. Annoying intro and gets worse. Talks about how people waste their lives away at tv (and yet they make half their profits from tv...) Pictures - 7/10 - talks about nothing but still manages to be pretty good. cool sort of drumline thing going on the back and a cool sort of headbanger part. Highway Song - 10/10 - Another Awesome track. you HAVE to hear this. its got chords, a really complex beat, and awesome riffs. Talks about how humankind has screwed up and now all we can do is let god direct our lives. F the System - 8/10 - Actually pretty good. How DO they get that awesome guitar sound? cool pulsing beat and nice accentuation in the chorus. The lyrics (however hard to understand) talk about how war is just caused by misunderstanding and prejudice, and well, that we should F the system of war! Ego Brain - 10/10 - Awesome. Purely awesome. By far the most melodic and has the second best guitar parts on the CD. Talks about how life is precious and we should live how we want, not how others tell us to. Thetawaves - 9/10 - This CD just gets better and better! neat guitar sounds and a reprecussing rhythm throughout. Basically puts into song the expression, "ignorance is bliss" Roulette - 10/10 - the only acoustic song on here, and yet one of the best. slow beat but picks up with a really kool solo. Talks about how people feel uncomfortable with things they dont understand (uses a girl as a metaphor) Streamline - 100/10 - yes, i did add that extra zero on purpose. it blows my mind how you could come into a studio and write something like this. A really epic song, by far the best ending song to any album EVER. Even beats my cherished nirvana cds. Has a simple, yet attracting intro/riff and an extremely epic lick and solo that drops back down into a bridge with violins and then the chorus again. Then finally explodes in a fury and rage of sound. Awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There's no doubt about it. This album is great. Every track from system of a down is excellent, however, seeing it in concert is a lot better :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard the CD tonight (sat. 11/23).... one thing i hafta say...WOW..i mean they met and exceeded all expectations i had for this band, which with my expectations for them it would have been thought impossible to do....just WOW!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
System Of A Down is my favorite band.I listen to them every day.This cd is a great cd and I want to say that they did a good job on it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've heard all of the songs on this album and they are alll great!!!! More hardcore than Toxcity, but I think they are better. The tracks are awesome!!! I really reccomend buying this album!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't stop listening to this cd. I usually only to music before I go to bed, but I've been listening to this 24/7.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album puts S.O.A.D. back in the map. They are returning to their old selfs when their music was about corruption in the system. Of course this album won't be the best because to me the self titled album will always be the best. But it is a great album should sell millions of copies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Verry Possibly their best yet! Merges the beuty of TOXICITY with the madness of the self titled album, and the result is so incredible it's scary.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is really good because all of the songs are all really awesome, it gives their self-titled album comp.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very beautiful album, the best album of SOAD!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Son los amos, lo dominan todo y lo demuestran .Este disco es buenisimo. System Of A Down tambien desde españa. Revolucionando la peña.Y dentro de poco Metellica en Elche.AAAAAAAAAAAAAArrrrrrrrrrrrr
Guest More than 1 year ago
This entire album and every track kick butt. You need to buy this....or you will miss out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that this is the another a great album that all system of a down fans will not be disappointed to listen to and buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
System of a Down is one of the few new band that are absolutely amazing. Serj's vocal are outstanding. The music is thought provoing although I may not agree w/ all the ideas
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD, but I wouldn't recommend it for non-system fans or rockers who like thrashing to the music, though it does have something for your every mood. It seems to em some of these songs are pointless, Nu-guns, Thetawaves, Innervision, 36 (which I love anyway), Pictures, and Streamline. These all seem run together, and though they may have a point, its hard to reach and sketchy. Listening to this was the first time I think I heard System put filler songs into a CD. They are allright songs though, and if anything are made up for my ADD, Mr. Jack, I-E-A-I-A-I-O, and Ego Brain. These are fantastic songs, and the others do seem to come through to capture the overall meaning of the album. Overall, its got something for your every mood, but if your not a system fan, get Toxicity or their self titled album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not in ANY way a 1 hit album, picking singles from an album like this must be a major pain. Some songs have been released before but, they were awesome then and they are awesome now. BUY, DO NOT STEAL THIS ALBUM
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this album is not without flaw, it is an excellent compilation of songs that had already leaked onto the internet and were begging to be redone. I've listened to System since '97, and this a great segway from Toxicity to their next album. Favorites include: Thetawaves Pictures American Dream Denial (A.D.D.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a "sometimes" fan of Toxicity (sometimes I liked it... other times it annoyed me), this cd is a breath of fresh air. It amazed me that this was an "outtakes" and "rarities" cd, as most of these songs are as strong as, if not stronger than Toxicity. The only weak spot for me is the first track, which is very annoying lyrically. Where most "outtakes" and "rarities" cds are for the fans only, this is a cd that can introduce someone to System of a Down, as much as any other cd they put out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album shows there untouchable style(resticted by DE)and total control of the metal industry. and if you want to get there, HA.......TAKE NOTES.