System Of A Down have a knack for fucking up a good thing. They're capable of writing good songs, but they always blow it by allowing singer Serj Tankian to use his annoying vocal acrobatics. Musically, they sound like a progressive band, and the melodies on songs like Radio/Video and Question! are great, but it's hard to appreciate that when they kick in with the vocals and cringe-worthy lyrics to match, as in the repeated refrain "gonorrhea Gorgonzola." WTF? At just over 30 minutes, Mezmerize is a mess that fails to capitalize on any of the band's strengths and shows little effort on their part.