Korn – Issues
What does Follow The Leader, Issues and Untouchables all have in common apart from that they’re Korn albums??? They all sound the same, I like Follow The Leader and some of the Untouchables though, but this album scraps the bottom of the barrel. They are five annoying skits which only makes it eleven tracks and the tracks themselves aren’t any better.
As far as I’m concerned, this album wasn’t a commercial success and even it’s sequel Untouchables failed to set the world alight. This album has the most Nu-metal lyrics, they are mostly nonsensical and the band are obviously running out of ideas and better serve up something original for their next album which will probably be very unlikely.
There is only three “listenable" tracks, the single Falling Away From Me is a good well-constructed song, my favourite Korn song ever! It starts with a small quiet tune and then he goes to that “Jump-around" feeling. The verse is quite whiny but the chorus is a powerful one. Make Me Bad is a more effects song than riff oriented. The original line in the chorus “I feel the semen as it’s leaving me, no not again." but was changed for the album release.
It’s the usual Korn stuff with a twist of lemon. My third favourite is Let’s Get This Party Started. I hate the verses but the pre-chorus is powerful yet emotional. The chorus is angry and also emotional. It’s an attack at everything.
The rest of the album is ……phff. Trash is my most hated song ever. It is spine wrenching and it is so nu-metal, I cringe at the thought of that song. The skits shouldn’t be on the album, it is mostly a small guitar riff or a drum beat or Jonathan Davis repeating a few lines over and over again. Hardly good listening is it?
I don’t like Jonathan Davis’s voice. He tries to sound like his life has been so bad and he is this big deal when he was probably writing the songs in a big hall with platinum discs on the wall. The drums have got weaker since time has went by. They are starting to get simple which is a no-no. I like the bass though, everyone hates it but it does good for Korn. The lyrics are so cliché it hurts. Jonathan Davis just doesn’t have anything good to sing about anymore.