Since Malakian is not in this album, don’t expect any especially memorable guitar solos. On the upside, since Malakian is not in this album, fans who complain about his voice will have less to complain about in this album.
Compared to SOAD albums, this one is less dynamic, although still insanely creative. It’s also less…freaky (no “banana terracotta pie” on this album). Elect the Dead is more serious and more overtly left-leaning.
Overall, if your idea of great music is Kelly Clarkson (not that she’s horrible), don’t even bother, but if you’re a SOAD fan, there’s no reason not to buy this.