By Tom Sinclair
October 19, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

Elect the Dead

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System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian’s first solo CD, Elect the Dead, covers a lot of the same hypereclectic thrash-and-burn territory that his band specializes in, albeit less frenetically and with more symphonic pomp. Here operatic flourishes coexist with baroque balladry, psych-folk motifs, and coy classicism; the few old-school mosh-pit rave-ups seem almost an afterthought. Factor in politics, social commentary (”Antidepressants…making life more tolerable”), and highly individualistic poesy, and Elect gets our vote for the liveliest mixed-bag marvel of the season. B+
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