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Harakiri [Clean]

Serj TankianAudio CD
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A singer, poet, songwriter, activist, and composer; Serj Tankian has always created music as an outlet to express his thoughts and feelings with a level of passion and consciousness that few in today’s world of music can rival. An Armenian immigrant born in Lebanon and re-rooted in Los Angeles, Tankian was introduced to the melding of cultures, ideas and ideals from a very young age. The ... Read more in Amazon's Serj Tankian Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Clean
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B0086461BY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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1. Cornucopia
2. Figure It Out
3. Ching Chime
4. Butterfly
5. Harakiri
6. Occupied Tears
7. Deafening Silence
8. Forget Me Knot
9. Reality TV
10. Uneducated Democracy
11. Weave On

Editorial Reviews

In an effort to return to his edgy hard rock roots circa System Of A Down, Serj has delivered the rocker Harakiri.

Harakiri, Serj's 2012 solo album, is the follow up to 2010's critically acclaimed Imperfect Harmonies. The album is the third solo release from the System Of A Down frontman. As with 2007's Elect the Dead and Imperfect Harmonies, Serj produced Harakiri himself at his home studio in Los Angeles. He tried to approach writing a little differently this time around. "I used the Apple iPad as a songwriting instrument to sketch out three of the songs on the record" explains Serj. "We must trick ourselves into writing in different ways to get unexpected results." The album also features performances by Serj's touring band, The F.C.C. - Dan Monti on guitar, Mario Pagliarulo on bass, and Troy Ziegler on drums. Dan Monti also co-mixed and co-engineered the album with Serj. The album is mastered by Vlado Meller (Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West).

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Serj Tankian - Harakiri July 10, 2012
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Harakiri is the third canonical full-length studio album by System Of A Down front-man Serj Tankian as a solo artist (he has released EPs, live output and a collaborative album with Arto Tunçboyac'yan as well however).

It was released in the summer of 2012, lasts around 45 minutes and was self-produced by Tankian. The album was written, in an almost Trent Rezonor-like move, by painstakingly assembling new songs out of thousands of samples from his previous albums on an iPad.

Some people will hate this album. If you've always disliked Serj's personal politics (or agreed with them but wished he'd keep them out of the music) then lyrics about Occupy Wall Street and corporate corruption are going to be a sore spot. If you seriously disliked some of the musical moves Serj made with his previous album there are parts of that sound still on here, and if you come from a more metal background there is relatively little metal on this album at all. Furthermore, If you've ever said that some artist or other has disappeared up their own backside or became too pretentious, then this is an album that you may want to approach with caution so as to avoid disappointment.

If you have heard the album's first single 'Figure It Out' and were very excited by its musical direction, with the chugging and double-kicks, then you may be disappointed to know that it is actually a little out of place on the album, and that there are really only two more tracks that are in any way similar, those being the album's final two tracks. You get some punky, almost Crossover Thrash sections scattered throughout those three tracks, although obviously through the filter of Serj's solo career style.

Elsewhere, stylistically, the album as a whole is a bit of a mixed bag.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I applaud his moves in this work! He maintains a bold commitment to making an art of political expression while making a necessary mockery of some of the more ridiculous distractions in mainstream life. He is not afraid to shake anyone awake who is falling in love with the world we are "presented." And anyone who follows Serj to his solo works should (by now) expect his bold, quirky expressions of popular culture and politics that can be profound, offensive, and hilarious all at once. The man is not afraid to express himself, and he does it for a cause... you cannot beat that... in my opinion... He is refreshingly honest. "Reality TV" is a needed slap in the face if anyone is dumbed down.

Rhythmically I appreciate how he takes the familiarity of his voice and contrasts/weaves it around some very interesting audio textures... for example in "Ching Chime" you find an almost addictive syncopation. If you are a real listener you can hear some great texture in these songs. He uses some interesting electronic work in there that I really did not expect, but he pulls it off.

You can tell Serj enjoys trying new things, you can hear it on this album and you can see it in his other projects. If you have watched his work over the years it is a cool way to see someone exploring their own creativity.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Return to Form July 26, 2012
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I absolutely LOVED 'Elect the Dead' & 'Elect the Dead Symphony'. I wasn't feeling 'Imperfect Harmonies'. That being said, I'm happy to say that 'Harakiri' is a welcome return to form for Serj Tankian. The music is heavier that 'Imperfect Harmonies', and a bit closer to 'Elect the Dead', or even some System, while still managing to sound unique in its own right.

Bottom Line: If you like Serj, buy it. If you like System, buy it. Not as good as 'Elect the Dead', in my opinion; but far better than 'Imperfect Harmonies'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars like, obviously Serj being %70 of "system of a ... August 16, 2014
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This album is different from "elect the dead" & "imperfect harmonies".it's a little more s.o.a.d. like, obviously Serj being %70 of "system of a down".If we don't have system at least we got Serj!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yeah June 6, 2014
By T. Cue.
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What better soundtrack for now? Sure, there are thousands of appropriate ones, but Serj remains pretty miserably honest. This was probably his best solo CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serj is Serj May 12, 2014
By J
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For me, Serj is one of the best singers of all time. Everything I've heard from him and System of A Down is 5 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Loved his other stuff, not a fan of this album. March 13, 2014
By Street
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I've been a big fan of Serj's stuff for years. His other solo album was great. I didn't care for this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exelent February 10, 2014
By Barbara
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Exelent product it is just what I expected and more. I like everything about it, it works perfect for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic album, SoaD fans add this to your list
Published 2 days ago by Jacqueline
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good!!
It is not the same singer than in System Of A Down, but Tankian is awesome!! I wish more from him!! Really nice album
Published 10 months ago by Rodrigo Sanchez
3.0 out of 5 stars Album ok - he's done better.
Not the best from Serj but it is a likable album. Would really like to hear another System Of the Down album.
Published 13 months ago by James M. Lobao
3.0 out of 5 stars wasnt to my standerds
not his best album but im still a huge fan of him and system of the down. i didnt even recieve this album to honest with you i totally forgot i ordered this. hmm ???
Published 14 months ago by Fabian
3.0 out of 5 stars His voice is the same as always, music varies a bit though.
this is a much slower album, and just does not have the feeling that the earlier releases have. listen to the previews and decide for yourself if its a must have. Read more
Published 17 months ago by R. Adams
3.0 out of 5 stars SOME GREAT SONGS!!!!!!
There's some great songs on HARAKIRI like OCCUPIED TEARS, FIGURE IT OUT and WEAVE ON....but there's A LOT of slow tunes, and while Serj still reminds the singer of SYSTEM OF A... Read more
Published 17 months ago by FLUMINENSE
5.0 out of 5 stars Serj is a wonderful man.
This song has a punk-ish feel to it. It's more rock oriented than Imperfect Harmonies, and has a different vibe than Elect the Dead. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Xandra Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and wonderful
I was mixed between 4 stars and five stars. I wish there was a 4.5 on Amazon

The music on this album simply rocks. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Joe
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