Sound — 4
To be honest, this album did not appeal too much. This album seemed too different from Toxicity, and especially (my favorite) their debut album. In some songs, like Old School Hollywood, I would never expect that to be SOAD if I did not already know. Also, Darons vocals annoy me slightly, actually I cant really stand them. My few favorites of this album would have to be Questions!, Cigaro, and BYOB. The other songs seem almost "poppy" to me.
Lyrics — 6
Serj Talkain is probably one of the most versatile vocalists in modern music. Daron Malkian, however, is not. His high pitched singing starts to get annoying after the second play. Lyricwise, some songs are very good. Question!'s chorus, and BYOB are both examples of this. Other songs seem very sad. Case and point Old School Hollywood. Serjs singing is able to add some credibility to this album.
Overall Impression — 6
Heres my rating for each song: 01. Soldier Side - 3/5, I felt that this song was a decent intro, but could have been much better. 02. BYOB - 5/5, one of my favorites off the album. 03. Revenga - 3/5, has an odd feel to it, hard to get into. 04. Cigaro - 5/5, Serj excels in this song. 05. Radio/Video - 2/5, way different than any system song, too different. 06. This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song - 6/5, favorite off the album, I feel this song best embodies the System I'm used to. 07. Violent Pornography - 1/5, good message, but I feel the lyrics and sound are lackluster. 08. Question! - 5/5, another of my favorites, though not lyrically great, Serj makes it sound like it is. 09. Sad Statue - 3/5, I like the singing styles used in this song. 10. Old School Hollywood - 0/5, unexplainable, doesn't deserve even this rating. 11. Lost In Hollywood - 3/5, average song, good way to end the album. Average album, it should bring in a new kind of listener.