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Artist: Serj Tankian
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Format: CD
Sku: 205722405
UPC: 093624992851
UPC 14: 00093624992851
Release Date: 10/23/2007
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Empty Walls ~ Serj Tankian
2. Unthinking Majority, The ~ Serj Tankian
3. Money ~ Serj Tankian
4. Feed Us ~ Serj Tankian
5. Saving Us ~ Serj Tankian
6. Sky Is Over ~ Serj Tankian
7. Baby ~ Serj Tankian
8. Honking Antelope ~ Serj Tankian
9. Lie Lie Lie ~ Serj Tankian
10. Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition ~ Serj Tankian
11. Beethoven's C*** ~ Serj Tankian
12. Elect the Dead ~ Serj Tankian
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Serj Tankian (vocals, guitar, melodica, piano, synthesizer, bells, drum programming); Ani Maldjian (vocals); Dan Monti (guitar, synthesizer, drums); Cameron Stone (cello); Fabrice Favre (synthesizer).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Neal Avron.
Muze PNote Recording information: Serjical Strike Studios; The Pass, Los Angeles, CA.
Muze PNote Author: Serj Tankian.
Muze PNote Photographer: Greg Waterman.
Muze PNote That System of a Down had become one of metal's most popular, creative, and ambitious acts by 2007 was no secret, and was underscored by the appearance of ELECT THE DEAD, the solo debut by System lead singer and lyricist Serj Tankian. Like his music with System of a Down, Tankian's solo work is highly progressive, blending metal, industrial, acoustic passages, and jazz and classical flourishes in one bone-crushing, carnivalesque mindwarp.
Muze PNote Opener "Empty Walls" crosses crunching metal with the drama of an operatic aria (vintage Queen is a clear touchstone for Tankian), while "Sky Is Over" rides a dirgey, yet catchy chorus, and "The Unthinking Majority" continues Tankian's relentless political and social critique. Tankian performed nearly all the instrumental and vocal tracks himself making this complex and unclassifiable labor of love all the more impressive.

Producer: Serj Tankian

Engineer: Serj Tankian; Dan Monti
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Serj Tankian - Elect The Dead - CD Review
By: Mark Saleski Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 11/16/2007 11:08 AM
Elect The Dead finds Tankian playing most of the instruments on his first solo record (System Of A Down being on "extended hiatus"). The music retains a lot of what I love about System: stuttering and edgy rhythm guitar, terrific use of dynamics, and barely controlled melodies that dive through the chord changes....read the full review

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Associated Artists and Works

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/22/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2007
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 9362499285
Music Label Name Label : Serjical Strike
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00093624992851

Professional Reviews

Spin (p.125)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[H]is solo debut hardly favors wimpy love songs over fiery political jeremiads. Indeed, he opens with 'Empty Wall,' one of his prickliest jams yet..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.69)
- "Here operatic flourishes coexist with baroque balladry, psych-folk motifs, and coy classicism..." -- Grade: B

CMJ (p.14)
- "Like Mike Patton before him, Tankian's a vocal visionary who makes music according to his own rules..."

Kerrang (Magazine)
(p.46)
- "Simple, brooding and haunting, it's the sound of a man stripping away the layers and unfurling his thoughts....A remarkable album."

Kerrang (Magazine)
(p.69)
- Ranked #7 in Kerrang's "The Top 20 Albums Of 2007" -- "Tankian is truly one of a kind."

Mojo (Publisher)
(p.98)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Playing all the instrumentation, Tankian has created a forward-thinking album that swerves convention."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Tankian,Serj
Product attributeLabel:   Warner/reprise/maverick
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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