Album Review: Serj Tankian – Cinematique Series


By Drew Pitt | MXDWN

A known eccentric takes a dip in calmer waters

When most people think of Serj Tankian, their mind conjures up images of a wide-eyed anticapitalist shouting from a stage. They may ponder some of the more absurd lyrical choices he’s made throughout the years, such as “banana terracotta, terracotta pie” or the silly song titles like “Beethoven’s Cock.” Whatever one imagines, it likely isn’t a man conducting a gorgeous, restrained symphony. Somehow, this is exactly what Tankian delivers with his Cinematique series (Illuminate and Violent Violins).

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