`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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