Steal This Album!

System of a Down - Steal This Album!
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Based on 7 reviews
2002 Ratings: #55 / 174
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Based on 115 ratings
2002 Ratings: #61
November 26, 2002 / Release Date
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This may be the goofiest album of their discography. It's not as bad as the 2005 releases but I do not think it lives up to their preceding work. It just feels inconsistent, which hurts the experience a lot.

Interesting acoustic solo on Nuguns, good chorus on I-E-A-I-A-I-O.

FAV TRACKS - Chic 'N' Stu, Highway Song, Fuck the System, Roulette.
A solid collection of great alt-metal bangers from one of the most interesting voices in early 2000s metal. But solid is really all it is, with not a lot entering excellence.

Favorite Jams: Streamline, Chic 'N' Stu, Innervision

Lest Favorite: Mr. Jack
One might call this a disappointing follow-up to Toxicity, and I can see that. However, even if you consider this a step down from the metal masterpiece that is Toxicity, Steal This Album is still an amazing release. Going down a more progressive/art rock-inspired direction that we'd see Serj Tankian's solo career take part in a few years later, STA has its own identity within the SOAD discography while still fitting in with the zany insanity this band is so well-known for.
System of a Down's third album is a fun album albeit a disappointing one. There isn't really anything bad about it (if there was, then I would have given it a much lower score), but the fact that this album could have been so much better if it wasn't for fans leaking the songs early is frustrating, as it forced the band to rush the album out. As a result, there are songs that don't feel finished (most notably Thetawaves, which ends in the middle of the song).
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This is definitely the goofiest record in SOAD’s discography but Steal This Album! still has all of the band’s tropes to make it worthwhile. It’s fast-paced and unique instrumentals make the album fun and exciting but also make the 16-track record feel lengthy in comparison to their other efforts, and sometimes it can be a bit much.
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Track List

  1. Chic 'N' Stu
  2. Innervision
  3. Bubbles
  4. Boom!
  5. Nüguns
  6. A.D.D. (American Dream Denial)
  7. Mr. Jack
  8. I-E-A-I-A-I-O
  9. 36
  10. Pictures
  11. Highway Song
  12. Fuck the System
  13. Ego Brain
  14. Thetawaves
  15. Roulette
  16. Streamline 
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Added on: January 14, 2013