SYSTEM OF A DOWN Steal This Album (American/Sony) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
Just when you think there ain't no hope out there, something decent comes along to lift your spirits. Steal This Album is a collection of unreleased System of a Down tracks produced by the mighty Rick Rubin. Some are leftovers from Toxicity that could easily have made that cut, while others are even older, showcasing System of a Down in earlier stages of their career. Exploring a wide range of sonic textures including mandolins and xylophones over a hardcore base, System of a Down have produced another solid collection of really good songs. From the opener, Chic N' Stu, a commentary on advertising, on which they shout out pizza toppings to I-E-A-I-A-I-O with its old-style metal opening, this record is an easy listen all the way through.