Elect The Dead CD (2007)

Artist: Serj Tankian

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Product Overview


Label Warner/reprise/maverick
SKU 205722405
UPC 093624992851
UPC 14 00093624992851
Format CD
Release Date 10/23/2007
Author Serj Tankian
Associated Artist/Work Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Technical Info
Engineer Serj Tankian; Dan Monti
Producer Serj Tankian
CatalogID 9362499285
Lable Name Serjical Strike
Released 10/22/2007
Original Release 2007
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 45m : 0s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093624992851
Album Notes and Credits
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).
Audio Mixer: Neal Avron.
Recording information: Serjical Strike Studios; The Pass, Los Angeles, CA.
Author: Serj Tankian.
Photographer: Greg Waterman.
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.
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.
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."
Disc 1
1 Empty Walls
2 Unthinking Majority, The
3 Money
4 Feed Us
5 Saving Us
6 Sky Is Over
7 Baby
8 Honking Antelope
9 Lie Lie Lie
10 Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition
11 Beethoven's C***
12 Elect the Dead
Product Attributes
Artist Tankian,Serj
Label Warner/reprise/maverick
Music Format Compact Disc
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