I must be honest, I do like this album. Tankian is a unique and fantastic vocalist who has compositional skills to match. I take issue with the praise of his lyricism however, some of it - especially the rhymes - is pretty cringeworthy, and it seems to be getting worse album-on-album.
Perhaps I'm only just noticing it now, but as an example Figure It Out has a childishly simple political message that is overly embossed with faux-meaningful lyrics.
However, musically speaking, it's a fantastic album. I hope he will work with SOAD again but if he keeps writing like this I'm actually not sure if I'd mind.
I don't think he is a great lyricist. He's great at writing lyrics, but theres no real brilliance behind what he writes. It's faux-meaningful, like you said, but it's always been that way with Serj.