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Imperfect Harmonies

Serj TankianAudio CD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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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 (September 21, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Serjical Strike / Reprise
  • ASIN: B003U7RP3U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Disowned Inc.
2. Borders Are...
3. Deserving?
4. Beatus
5. Reconstructive Demonstrations
6. Electron
7. Gate 21
8. Yes, It's Genocide
9. Peace Be Revenged
10. Left Of Center
11. Wings Of Summer

Editorial Reviews

'Imperfect Harmonies' has shaped up to be as powerful and musically eclectic as its predecessor. Once again, Tankian's album takes a multi-themed approach to the lyrics, which he describes as addressing the political, environmental, social, and personal.

'Elect the Dead' is essentially a rock record with progressive melodic elements. 'Imperfect Harmonies' could be classified as rock because it is punchy with many peaks throughout, but the instrumentation is somewhat different. Though there are live drums, bass, and some guitars, the driving aspects are electronic and orchestral. It's quite unique in its sound palette. This is, in essence, music that has sat in the vat and matured to a ripe sensation and is now ready to serve... The majority of the songs have this huge wall of sound presented in a way I've never heard before. It's not common to have a song that is both electronic and orchestral since one is synthetic and the other organic, but I found a way of meshing a lot of these colors together... My intentions have always been to make music that is creative, quality, and moving. I have never learned the static method of repeating myself musically whether in System or now. Each record I have made has been different musically, yet they all carry the same integral spirit.' - SERJ TANKIAN

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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A symphonic marvel! September 21, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Serj Tankian is the former lead-singer with rockers System Of A Down and "Imperfect harmonies" is his sophomore disc. Since working with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra on a symphonic version of his debut "Elect the Dead", he has incorporated a slicker more theatrical sound this time around. Lyrically, he continues his biting social commentary.

All 11 tracks work together as a mini Rock symphony of sorts with "Disowned Inc" (which shifts from waltz to jazz to disco) representative of the eclectic sounds.

Everything stands out really, from Disco/rocker "Deserving?", the absolutely spectacular atmospheric ballad "Beatus", the Electro/rock "Electron", the piano/string ballads "Gate 21" and "Yes, it's genocide" (sung in Armenian with the lyrics "I want to die for your terror, I want to die for your fear, I want to die for your life"; a reference to the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian genocide), the Middle Eastern-tinged Rocker "Left of center", and the closing acoustic "Wings of summer".

"Imperfect harmonies" it may be titled, but sweet harmonies it is.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sadly Misunderstood album April 8, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Serj Tankian may be the frontman of System of a Down but that sound is barely here at all. I've seen so many System fans bashing this album because it wasn't what they wanted it to be or because it wasn't what they expected. Isn't it natural for artists to experiment?

Serj sings and projects very nicely and also does his off the wall style singing he's known for as well. The music itself is comprised of strings, electronics, piano, Eastern instruments etc. It's very well composed and put together. You can really feel Serj's passion in this album.

There are probably 2 songs out of 11 that don't really click for me but this album deserves at least 4 stars. It may not be a straight up rock album but it's still a very good one that should be given a fair chance.

System of a Down fans should listen to this not expecting the SOAD sound, and try to appreciate Serj's vision for this album.

People new to System and Serj alike may or may not get into this; it's very much for people with open minds and for people who like music of all genres.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serj Still Amazes September 27, 2010
By Ryan
Format:Audio CD
I'm a long time System of a Down fan. It's sad we haven't gotten an album from them in five years, but I really do appreciate the work they've done individually. Imperfect Harmony is my favorite of their solo work to date.

With Elect the Dead, it took me a few listens before it grew on me. I was pretty awestruck by much of Imperfect Harmonies during my first listen. I love the use of orchestra instruments. I felt the use of said instruments on "Elect the Dead Symphony" truly improved upon the music, same as with this album. It feels almost "epic" in parts.

I for one found this album to be beautifully done. It's interesting seeing how both Serj and Daron are evolving musically, it would be fascinating to see them work together again. If this album is any sign of what that would be like, please give us it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and unique album April 1, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I love this album for many reasons.
This album has great music, lyrics and engineering on all of the tracks.
Each song contains many instruments and sounds amazing mixed together.
When I found out Serj Tankian wrote the lyrics, composed the music and produced this album I was not suprised.
Serj is very unique and his lyrics are very meaningful and brilliant.
I rate this album 5 stars. Great work!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open Mind is key September 29, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Heres the deal. If you bought this record chances are you know Serj Tankian which means you know System of a Down which means you like his voice which means after system of a down's hiatus you bought his first album Elect the Dead. Elect the Dead was imo a modern masterpiece and from the looks of it, it's going to be a hard record for Serj to follow. He doesn't try to one up Elect the Dead with Imperfect Harmonies. Serj keeps progressing at what he does and whether that means he comes up with the best or worst music of his career because of it is up for argument. Either way he is progressing. After doing the live Elect the Dead symphony Serj has become very experimental with techno, jazz and orchestrated music. Minus out Serart, this is definetly less of a rock record than any studio composition serj tankian has ever been a part of. HOWEVER!!!!!!! Its Serj Tankian and his voice is so powerful that it can and will draw you in regardless of whats going on. Serj imo really is a LEAD VOCALIST. His vocals have always been the most important thing. All of the music really is just backing up what journey Serj is taking you on. Its a grower. Give it a few listens. After 2 or 3 times you will like it and except it for what it is. His best work? Probably not but Serj continues to progress, inspire and he never ceases to amaze me. BTW met him back in 2005 on the Mezmerize tour. Great, sweet person.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Down the Rabbit Hole of Insanity April 22, 2011
Format:Audio CD
It's as if Tankian has found a mystical source of inspiration that he cannot control, like he's possessed or something. This album has its ups and its downs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Thought-Provoking October 15, 2010
By grayjk
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It's very strange to think that the man behind this album is also the man behind Elect the Dead, and of course one of the creators of Toxicity, because the sound is so different. I love this album. It's hard to find a seasoned performer who isn't afraid to change his sound and experiment with new ideas, but Tankian does so with flying colors. Each song is melodic and beautiful, without ever losing the eerie sound that Serj gives his music. Definitely recommended.

A word of warning, however. This CD dips into electronica and symphonic rock much more than it does metal. This is NOT the same sound as in Elect the Dead, or any of System's work. I certainly suggest giving it a listen (look up "Left of Center" on YouTube), but don't expect to like it simply because you're a Serj or SOAD fan, because this is something entirely new. Also, listen through a couple of times before you make your judgement, because I was very disappointed at first, but it grew on me quickly.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Serj
Good, great, and not cliche. It sounds cliche, because Serj sounds like he's in such weird pain when he sings, but after a time, it starts to sound normal. Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. Cue.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Good jams on this one, I don't care about the other negative reviews, if you like System of a down, you will like this CD for sure.
Published 3 months ago by J.D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as Elect the Dead...
There are quite a few good songs on this album. While they might not be as good as Empty Walls or Sky Is Over, they are still pretty good. A solid album from start to finish. Read more
Published 12 months ago by music with meaning
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT SO GOOD.....
Serj's 1rst solo album is very good, but this one is really strange and got many really really boring songs..... Read more
Published 14 months ago by FLUMINENSE
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL HARMONIES from SERJ!!!!
look, this is a beautiful strange trip through REALLY unusual harmonies from SERJ TANKIAN, the voice from the METAL band SYSTEM OF A DOWN..... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Rio Fluzão
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
wow.. being a system fan for life.. i am so dissapointed in how far Serj has fallen...this album is a pile
Published 23 months ago by C. Holzer
1.0 out of 5 stars Pick a theme and stick with it!!!
This album is all over the place, and nowhere you want to go. The best work from Serj or soad was intense laser like focus on everything... Read more
Published on July 1, 2012 by Robert A. Herberg
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING! Once again
Loved it from the beginning to the end. I don't know what some of these guys are talking about, This album was excellent. Read more
Published on May 25, 2012 by Serj Tankian
4.0 out of 5 stars Imperfect Harmonies Best Buy Edition
Happy to get this edition at best buy. The live in london dvd is great.
Serj should of put the charade on this album but still worth getting. 4 stars
Published on April 15, 2012 by Chad Frey
2.0 out of 5 stars The loudness war is killing music and the music itself isn't all the...
First off I have to mention the fact that the first song is so badly distorted and sounds like it was recorded with a budget of a dollar drives me nuts. Read more
Published on September 6, 2011 by Shaun E. Phillips
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