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"Korn" Album ReviewAlpha101 There are two types of people in this world, those who despise nu-metal, and those who love it. Both are completely understandable. I fall somewhere in the middle, really. Most nu-metal acts don't appeal to me, but, every now and then, I find something that surprises me. When I first listened to this album, I didn't expect to enjoy it, let alone love it. Well, I've got news for you people who hate nu-metal, this is a great album, like it or not.
"Blind" was one of my first Korn songs, and also, one of my favorites. The opening is heavy, the lyrics are dark but relateable, and the chorus is one of the most hard-hitting in history. I mean, come on, how can you resist banging your head to the ending?
"Ball Tongue" has another great opening riff, creepy background noises, and unnerving vocals. The chorus is unbelievably catchy, even though you can't even make out the words half the time, which is a minor flaw, but it is still a little annoying.
"Need To" is a very personal song, and is one of the darkest on the album. The first half of the song was unenjoyable, but whenever things really kick off, it's impossible not to feel sorry for the singer. It's good, but could have been better.
"Clown" has a funny opening, and it's one of my favorites that I've ever heard. It has, yet another, pretty heavy riff, which really got me jamming in no time. Like a lot of the songs, it's really depressing, but uplifting at the same time. I can really picture him singing this, holding back tears. I know that I did.
"Divine" was a bad song, plain and simple. I didn't have fun listening to it at all, I did not relate to it, and it just seemed empty in a way.
"F**et" was one of the best on the album. The message was powerful, the lyrics were brilliantly written. I especially love whenever he starts whispering. It really adds to the effect of the song. It's always been one of my favorite songs, not only for it's emotional vocals, but because I feel that so many people could relate to the lyrics. It's definitely a treat to listen to.
"Shoots and Ladders" was an overrated track. Sure, it was catchy, but the lyrics were horrible, and it just didn't resonate with me. of course, this is my opinion.
"Predictable" does exactly what it says. It was lackluster, and I just didn't feel inclined to listen to it again.
"Fake" is a very underrated song by the band. It's not as good as most of the songs on the album, but it had great lyrics, and had a pretty good sound to it.
"Lies" begins with a bang! The opening is heavy and instantly caught my attention. I love the growling in the song, but those two are the only good things that I could pull out of the track. It was a good song, but I was hoping for something more.
"Helmet in the Bush" had another opening that made me chuckle, and that's always a good thing. Well, that's all that I can think of. I wasn't impressed by anything else in the song.
"Daddy" was the best song on not only the album, but by Korn as well. It's possibly the most raw and emotional song that I've ever heard, and the ending is delightful, but in a horrifying and sad way. I enjoyed the song a lot more than I thought that I would, and, overall, the song is perfect. It truly needs to be experienced by all.
This was one of the most raw albums that I've ever been privileged to hear. Sure, it had problems, and a few songs were poorly written and executed, but, overall, this is one of those albums that is more of an experience. Even people who hate the genre should at least try to listen to the album. You might just enjoy it as much as I did, and still do to this day.
8.2/10 - Good Album