Retrospective: Serj Tankian’s ‘Elect the Dead’

Another Wednesday, another look back. And once again, we not only give you a great listen, we give you a timely listen. So poll question (pun intended) – who went out and voted yesterday??? If you answered ‘yes’, stop reading now. For you own sake.

For those that know me, I’m not one to fully support our ‘democracy’. Rather, I am fully convinced the political system is in place more for the pacification of a populous rather than the benefit of a populous. In all seriousness, at what point did it make sense that a person could not govern themselves… yet a few could govern millions? Vote for whoever the fuck you like, you’re going to end up complaining sooner rather than later. Start recognizing the trends and act on it. Corruption in a government cannot succeed when they attempt to control free-thinkers. Get at it. /rant.

That said, let’s now take a look at the oh-so-fitting 45-minute listen that is Serj Tankian’s Elect the Dead

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The debut solo album from the lead singer of System of a Down came out in October 2007. And quite frankly, I can’t believe it was that long ago. Naturally, the two sides of System went in different directions, and personally, Serj did quite a bit better for himself than Daron did with Scars on Broadway. By a distance.

I really don’t want to get into the lyrical content of this album. It goes without saying just how politically charged it is. As previously mentioned, this is an extremely timely retrospective. Let’s first focus on the music. There are some really cool songs on this album. ‘Empty Walls’ probably tops the list, and was naturally the first single off the album. But then you think of ‘Saving Us’ and ‘Sky is Over’ as very strong tracks, although the latter is bit of a change of pace to a less aggressive direction. ‘Lie Lie Lie’ is a lot of fun as well. Really, this is an album that barely cracks 45 minutes and goes by quite quickly. It really is a fun listen, thanks in huge part to Serj’s fantastically unique voice that works so perfectly with the musicianship on the album.

I mean, I guess I can touch on the lyrical content a bit. He largely points to the greed and hypocrisy within a governing body (and even a complete idiot can understand he is referring to ‘Murica). If you want to get a sense of what I mean, I encourage you to watch this video for ‘Empty Walls.’ I mean, duh. But you know, this is one of the reasons why I love this genre of music. Many of these  artists aren’t afraid to say what many don’t want to hear, yet are probably very aware of. It forces reality upon people through lyrical content. The fact is, this guy is aware and seeks to share his awareness of how decisions are made in our political system based on who fills the pockets of these politicians the most. And I commend him for it.

So, without further delay (and further ranting that will inevitably invoke controversy), I give you: Elect the Dead:

Enjoy! And vote for nobody!

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

– Corey

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up. 

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