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    Posted: June 15 2011 at 11:14
I'be been a big fan of System Of A Down for some time now & am curious as to what Serj Tankian's solo material is like; he impresses me hugely as a vocalist/songwriter with SOAD, but I've seen some very mixed reviews of his solo material, so (objective) recommendations would be appreciated.

Doesn't have to sound like SOAD, just well worth a listen.

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I prefer his first CD over his recent one. It doesn't sound much like SOAD, the main thing that reminds me Systems is Serj's voice. His vocal skills are really good, but you probably know this.

I dare to say that his second solo release is more ... Eclectic.

They are both worth a listen, certainly.



Funny thing is that Scars on Broadway (Dolmayan, Malakian) sounds like SOAD, but somehow worse, without "power". It's still enjoyable though.



Edited by Marty McFly - June 15 2011 at 11:28
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Queen By-Tor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 16 2011 at 01:34
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhhhh....


It's good for a few listens but wears off quickly. Individual songs I would recommend are: Left Of Center, Sky Is Over and Lie Lie Lie

all of which have videos.

his second solo album is better than the first, but is a 5/10 at best.


happy listenings!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jim Garten Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 16 2011 at 02:50
Hmmm - looks like I should listen to some snippets first before I invest... I take it the live orchestral version of the 1st album is a bit (and I hate this word) meh...

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Queen By-Tor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 16 2011 at 13:25
I'd take Scars on Broadway over Serj. They have all the wacky energy that System had. The problem is that that's all they have. So the songs are all very short and simple. Still a lot of fun, but kind of offensive as well.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote aapatsos Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 16 2011 at 16:53
hmmm I would approach it with caution...

Although the vocals are good, the samples I have heard are somewhat lacking... well many things.

I think I will agree Mike's comment on short and simple
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Alitare Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 16 2011 at 16:58
I think I may be in the minority that I never even came close to liking his vocals.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Plankowner Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 17 2011 at 04:07
Yeah, his album "Elect the Dead" was lacking so much for me that I didnt even bother with his second album..
 
I do however really like the Serart project he did in 2003, with folk multi-instrumentalist Arto Tuncboyacryan but its much different to SOAD... they always said there'd be a follow up and I'd pick that up without hesitation... This has such a world music feel to it..
 


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Elect the Dead is very good. The newest is meh.
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