Album Review: Serj Tankian – Cool Gardens Poetry Suite


By Austin Woods | MXDWN

An unusually controlled, understated release from SOAD’s frontman

Out of everyone to emerge from the fratty, downtuned world of nu metal, Serj Tankian might be the most ambitious. From fronting an orchestra to organizing protests, Serj Tankian, along with his bandmates in System of a Down, has always been a bit headier than his contemporaries (with all due respect to Fred Durst). In 2001, just a month after the release of SOAD’s Toxicity, he even put out a collection of poems called Cool Gardens, published by MTV Books. Now, Tankian has released Cool Gardens Poetry Suite, a spoken word record on which he recites all 87 of the poems featured in the book, this time accompanied by music. 

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