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|1. Soldier Side - Intro|
|6. This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like Im On This Song|
|7. Violent Pornography|
|9. Sad Statue|
|10. Old School Hollywood|
|11. Lost in Hollywood|
The group has mastered the ability to be both successful and subversive--with 2001's Toxicity selling over six million copies and debuting at number one on the Billboard charts, their success in indisputable. As far are their subversive-ness, the lyrical content on Mezmerize is a solid stream of anti-war, anti-corporate and anti-celebrity sentiment. The disc's first single proves as beautifully schizophrenic as anything the band has released. "B.Y.O.B." opens with guitarist Daron Malakian's rapid-fire riff, then frontman Serj Tankian's anti-war screams of "Why do they always send the poor?"; less than a minute later, a nearly-surreal jump to a facetiously perky, beach party chorus that could easily be found on a Britney or Justin record: "Everybody's going to the party/have a real good time." Guitarist/co-songwriter Malakian takes increased vocal time on the disc, including the hilarious, size-obsessed "Cigaro" and celeb-slapping "Radio/Video". Witticism aside, musical and lyrical intensity peaks with the operatic "Question!" and the emotional piledriver that is "Sad Statue", the group¹s unflinching statement on war and Lady Liberty.
The only shortcoming of Mezmerize is, quite simply, that it is short. Clocking in at a mere 38 minutes, the reason given is that this release is one-half of a two CD set--with part 2, Hypnotize, expected in late fall 2005. --Denise Sheppard
Straight to the title and rating: Mezmerize could NOT pull off a clean album, considering easily 50% of it's tracks contain swearing of some repetitive sort, and the long pauses... Read morePublished on May 28 2009 by Jeffrey Thompson
This CD has my favorite song on it, BYOB, and I must say it was a great album. Pretty good lyrics, hard guitars, amazing drums, and really all in all a great disc. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2006 by RICK
this is an amazing i bought mezmerize and hypnotize at the same time the first time i listined 2 mezmerize i friend lent me it and i didnt like it but i listin 2 it couple months... Read morePublished on Dec 27 2005 by chimaira
I Got This Record This Past June And My Dad Thought The Band Had Split.I Was The One Who Welcomed Him To System Of A Down Back In 2002 And He Like Toxicity And Aerials. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2005 by "maynerd_apc_tool"
I was really excited about the new System of a Down album when I heard it was coming out, and when I got it I was really disappointed. Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2005 by "pantera_3"
When I first heard this album I found it mediocre at best, but as I listened to it a few more times over I began to really love it. It's the System of a Down you know and love. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2005 by Kat
I'd never listened to a SOAD album before this one. I'd describe my first experiance listning to them as "refreshingly weird. Read morePublished on June 23 2005 by Patrick