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  • There are two things that are bothering me about some of these reviews I’m reading. First one is the complaints that the guitarist sings more. I personally think the two voices compliment each other perfectly. And he does write basically all the music and most of the lyrics anyway. So he has a right to do what he wants in my mind. And speaking of the lyrics, people seem to take things WAY too literally. SOAD’s lyrics are VERY tongue-in-cheek. You have to understand sarcasm and metaphor to know what these songs are about. When they sing “put your hands in the air and wave them like you just don’t care,” they are more or less making fun of that phrase and the lifestyle it encompasses. I think that SOAD uses this way of writing better than anyone since Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys. If you are a fan of System of a Down’s socio-political lyrics and totally original music, check out Dead Kennedys, they did it first. If you are looking for literal straight forward, dim lyrics and tired pop hooks, you might want to try the new 3 Doors Down or Limp Bizkit.

    Posted on December 21, 2009