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Imperfect Harmonies [CD]

Serj Tankian Audio 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 (20 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B003U7RP3U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imperfect Harmonies 13 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
`Imperfect Harmonies' is Serj Tankian's second solo album (not including his live album) and whilst it isn't a radical departure from his first offering, it is different enough to keep things interesting. After his `Elect the Dead Symphony' (which is well worth checking out) Serj wanted to create an album with an orchestra specifically in mind, rather than just reworking previous material for an orchestra. This album is the result and the best way to describe its feel is that it is like his first album in songwriting style but with beautifully arranged lush strings that compliment each song perfectly. Serj always wrote slightly grandiose music and the orchestra fits this perfectly. These songs have the same distinctive, idiosyncratic vocals Serj is renowned for, as well as his intelligent lyrics, so thankfully that element to his songwriting hasn't been lost. I fear fans of SOAD may be slightly disappointed with this album, but this isn't fair and Serj solo is a different beast to Serj with System and this album needs to be appreciated away from comparisons to his past body of work with his band. The album opener `Disowned Inc' is a great, forceful way to start things off, which is swiftly followed up by one of my favourites `Borders Are...', but to be honest this album is pretty polished and of a consistently high standard throughout. Despite all the orchestral work on this album, it is still very much a rock offering and if you enjoyed his first album you will not be disappointed with this in the slightest. Serj shows us yet again what a high calibre of music he is able to achieve as a solo artist and whilst I still hanker for a SOAD reunion, if Serj continues to make albums like this I will be a happy fan indeed.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical brilliant from a modern maestro. 25 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
Serj Tankian's first debut album left us in little doubt that he was a strong solo artist. However this second album greatly surpasses 'Elect the Dead'.
The musical prowess of 'Imperfect Harmonies' is undoubtable, from the start, bombastic, symphonic orchestral lines rip through the speakers in a strong opener "Disowned Inc." I have to admit at first (brief listen) i was a little thrown off balance and out of my musical comfort zone but after a more in depth listen i was truly hoooked to this beautiful album. Still, Imperfect Harmonies is aptly named and is not, at first, an easy listen. This musical complexity and indeed the odd harmonies however are what make this album a very special one and as a cross-genre album it is an incredible achievement.
Many will say that Serj Tankian alone can never truly be as powerful than when he had Daron at his side (in SOAD) yet it feels to me that the orchestral brilliance he shows more than makes up for this and sets Serj up as a modern composer of truly amazing talent.
Serj's voice is, as usual, on brilliant form and he utilises a great range of vocal styles on the album. The introduction of Armenian vocals on "Yes, Its Genocide" are a part of the political message that all of Serj's work inevitably bears. It could be said that at a couple of points during the album i felt that the political message was being stressed too much but generally it felt like an optional extra- there if you wanted it to be but subtle enough to allow you to simply enjoy the music.

One of my favourite albums of all time and surely destined to become a classic album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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After his first solo album Elect The Dead Symphony and the live follow up Elect The Dead Symphony I was not totally sure what to expect as they were a shift from System of a Down, not 100% but a great sign of his intent and influences coming through. This album on first listen really impresses me, 2nd time around brings out this album review track by track.

Track 1 - Disowned Inc - 5/5 Opens with Orchestral arrangement and electronics to dramatic effect, Serj's familiar voice and lyrical style, his observations on life, history and politics are now added to with some more personal lyrics. Really love this opener, nothing bad to say, almost feels like he has taken everything he has done up to now and created this.

Track 2 - Borders Are - 5/5 More orchestral arrangements on this and subtle electronics, something that carries through the whole song with some gorgeous string arrangements, actually a bit muse like with the piano and build of his song, but thats where the familiarities end. More political and personal lyrics. The chorus is infectious! The song ends with huge building of the chorus and tails of with strings

Track 3 - Deserving? - 4/5 More electronics than anything else on this one but still some strings are heard here. Not as good as the previous too tracks but still very good. Personal lyrics on here are the def present.

Track 4 - Beatus - 5/5 The pace slows down here, but the quality jumps again, personal lysrics with electro acoustic guitar heard over subtle electronic beats. The Chorus is addictive!! 'When you touch me, i feel it' my stand out song on the album so far.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Not vocally strong, sounds like wailing over an orchestra. It's a shame that it's so much less amazing than system of a down and his first solo album. Read more
Published 7 months ago by hazel
5.0 out of 5 stars ???
Bought for xmas present, unable to review as it is for my grandson, who has a different taste in music to me.
Published 8 months ago by laraine wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly harmonic
This edition is absolutely brilliant and one of the best buys I've made recently. I love SOAD, Serj and Scars on Broadway, and found Elect the Dead sounds better every time I... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Stephen Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Cause I ran over the guy with a hummer ..
FANTASTIC ... Mr serj tankian is a GOD ... Love this album sooo much ... Fans of serj will not be disappointed ... 5 stars
Published 22 months ago by elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars Serj
Cd was in perfect condition, however the actual case was broken when i got it out of its packaging which is why only 4 stars.
Published on 31 May 2012 by Darryl Carter
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Album
I wasn't overly impressed with the album but some fans of Serj and SOAD may like this, mainly recommended for them!
Published on 17 Jan 2012 by Rocketship
1.0 out of 5 stars S.O.A.D.
He's got a great voice, there's no doubt about that but without his band...i just don't think he's got it. I wasted my money and 30mins or so of my life...
Published on 17 Aug 2011 by Rudijar
5.0 out of 5 stars Get ya head round this then!
What can I say, I like Serj Tankian. I was late getting on board the System train but boy did it run me over when I first heard them. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2011 by peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Imperfect harmonies but near perfect album!
In my opinion, one of the greatest solo artists ever, Serj Tankian's second album goes to show that this mans creativity is positively erupting with ideas. Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2010 by dellyboy
5.0 out of 5 stars IMPERFECT HARMONIES
This is a gorgeous album from start to finish. Stand-out tracks are BORDERS ARE, RECONSTRUCTIVE DEMONSTRATIONS, ELECTRON, and LEFT OF CENTER. Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2010 by SUE HERBERT
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