Well, System Of A Down is back with a fourth album (the first of two this year) and at first I have to admit I was rather dissapointed by what I was presented. I had to take another listen to it and the more I listened, the more things I found that I liked. It is indeed a new sound for System. It is even a new guitar tuning (Only down a half tone with drop-d as opposed to the usual whole tone down-tuning with drop-d for all you guitar players out there). Moving along, stand out tracks include B.Y.O.B., the single, Radio/Video and This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm On This Song, an erratic little tune which is reminiscent of their first self-titled album. It is a good blend of old and new while being a progression all together. The album also shows a softer side of System. The end track Lost In Hollywood is fantastic with great harmonized vocals and some interesting acoustic guitar work. The intro, Soldier Side is haunting, and while short makes for an amazing introduction to the new album. Listeners beware, if you aren't a fan of Daron's voice (the guitar player), he does a lot more singing on this album than any of the others (he also played bass on all but three tracks during recording, which seems odd to me when you have a perfectly good bass player in Shavo). I myself enjoy the combination of Serj and Daron's voices. They accompany eachother well. The album itself is short, clocking in at around 38 minutes or so I believe, which is short for a System album, but hopefully Hypnotize will balance things out. So to sum this up, if at first you don't like the album, give it another listen and you may wind up enjoying it as much as I do. Can't wait for Hypnotize to hit the shelves so I can hear how they plan to follow up their current piece of art.