Korn
Life Is Peachy


3.5
great

Review

by Jeremy Bentham USER (66 Reviews)
February 6th, 2010 | 148 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: On Life Is Peachy, Korn take the sound they established on their self titled debut and push it in a darker and, on occasion, more humorous direction.

No matter how many releases Korn can put out at this point, I think there is something most of us can all agree on: they were much better when they first started out then they are now. Life Is Peachy is one of the final consistent albums they had before they started to go downhill in the years to come. Establishing a sound that many people came to know as nu-metal on their self titled debut, Korn went right back into the studio at Indigo Ranch with Ross Robinson to craft their second album. On this release, they produced more of the same sound, but went in a somewhat darker direction than their first album and some songs on here are even hilarious at some points.

The album opens with the very random and classic “Twist”. Everyone should know this song, it still remains one of the greatest album openers of all time and is 48 seconds of Vocalist Jonathan Davis screaming gibberish over heavy detuned guitar riffs from Munky and Head with David and Fieldy providing that signature (and sometimes annoying) rhythm section Korn were always known for. “Chi” kicks in right after, almost making it seem like the 2 songs are in fact 1 single song. Fieldy’s clicking bass lines are very prominent in the track and the bridge is great, featuring Davis going from his calm and ‘tortured’ vocal style into his relentless screaming that was so good back then.

While some of the songs here are a good dose of anger, others don’t succeed. “Lost” and “Swallow” are both good songs, but they lack replay value once they grow off. Munky and Head might annoy listeners with their random squealing during the verses of songs like “K@#Ø%”, and Fieldy gets extremely annoying after a while when his bass lines keep clicking along. Despite these negatives, some classic old Korn songs can be found on here that are among the best in their career. “Good God” is a classic of sorts, featuring heavy riffs, a great chorus, and a bridge that makes you want to jump around and break ***. “No Place To Hide” is another great song, having a catchy chorus and an overall feel that makes you see why it got a Grammy nomination back in ’98. “Wicked” features Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno providing vocals with Jonathan Davis, and is a fun collaboration that makes a heavy and interesting track to listen to. “Porno Creep” is a standout track, and although it’s not even long, it is a great instrumental and shows the listener that funk element that Korn inject into their music at times.

One major weakness that Korn have is in fact their vocalist, which is not only proven on this album but on the later ones they would release. Jonathan Davis has a very unique voice, and he is great, there is no doubt about that. The thing that weakens the band is his lyrics. You’ll find that almost everything he covers on this album he already covered on the last album, he’s just putting it in different words. While some songs (such as the mysterious and creepy “Mr. Rogers”) come off as excellent tracks, some of them, like “Ass Itch” and “Lost” fail miserably and make you wonder if he has anything else to say. This is also proven on later releases by the band, as the angsty lyrics return again and again. However, this is something that can be ignored on the first 2 albums, as Korn always seemed so capable of playing catchy nu-metal in the past that a lot of us still look back on and enjoy for old time’s sake.

Munky and Head were among the first nu-metal guitarists to down tune their guitars and play heavy power chord riffs, and they laid a foundation for countless other bands under the genre with the first 2 Korn albums. While sometimes you might think they are horrible players because of their random squeals in some of the songs and several heavy power chord riffs without much variation, they show glimpses of their unique style and that they are capable of more than they show off here. Fieldy has his own unique style of bass playing; and although sometimes it works because it’s important that all instruments get their chance to shine, other times it just comes off as very annoying and you want it to go away. David Silveria proves that he was in fact one of the most talented members of the group and is a very consistent drummer. He fits the band perfectly, and he shows off his skill mostly on this album and the self titled debut.

Life Is Peachy shows Korn simply taking the sound they established and pushing it in a darker and more humorous direction. It is one of the better albums that they have released and shows that they were actually capable of making some decent music back when they still had all of their original members and hadn’t recycled all of their material over and over again. Still though, this album doesn’t seem complete. Maybe its because it was rushed, the band themselves have stated that they rushed this one to get back out of tour and therefore some of the material present isn’t exactly the best, but some of it is still good. Maybe Korn will release an album worth listening to again, maybe they won’t, but this record will stand out as one of the better ones among a discography filled with more mediocre records then consistent ones.



Recent reviews by this author
Slipknot .5: The Gray ChapterDayshell Dayshell
Korn The Paradigm ShiftChimaira Crown Of Phantoms
Secrets Fragile FiguresStone Sour House of Gold and Bones - Part 2
user ratings (1338)
Chart.
3.4
great
other reviews of this album
1 of
  • Samuel Mclean (4)
    KoRn churn out a darker release than their debut, and without bad consequence....

    William Forest Collins (4.5)
    Basically Korn part 2, but with some slight tweaks to the formula that keep this album out...

    Will C. (3.5)
    "Life is Peachy" is NOT meant to be taken seriously. This album is pure comedic relief aft...

    Josh Bowers (3.5)
    Life Is Peachy treks through the remarkable(A.D.I.D.A.S, Porno Creep) to the terrible(Kunt...

  • barosjn (4)
    ...


Comments:Add a Comment 
BassDemon333
February 6th 2010


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I didn't even realize I had this much to say about this album till I listened to it for the first time in a while earlier today. I can still enjoy it.

Fuff24
February 6th 2010


1118 Comments


ewwww korn is gross. Good Review

KILL
February 6th 2010


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

hell yea korn

Digging: Steve Hackett - Out of the Tunnel's Mouth

Relinquished
February 6th 2010


25505 Comments


The first two albums are their best. But this one lacked a lot compared to the self-titled.

BassDemon333
February 6th 2010


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I find the Lowrider cover to be quite pointless, even though its funny

Relinquished
February 6th 2010


25505 Comments


I wonder if they would've put Twist on the self-titled.

KILL
February 6th 2010


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

remember that song thoughtless? god that sucked

bloc
February 6th 2010


34998 Comments


BOOM NADA NOOM NANA NEMA DA BOOM NADA NOOM NA NAMENA


Digging: The Birthday Massacre - Superstition

KILL
February 6th 2010


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

rofl omg wtf was that about

Buccaneer
February 6th 2010


692 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thoughtless is one of the few korn songs i still quite enjoy tbh

And i never got into this album. Good review though

bloc
February 6th 2010


34998 Comments


Duh man, the scat.

BassDemon333
February 6th 2010


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

THE scat

tiesthatbind
February 6th 2010


7380 Comments


SOMETHIN' TAKES A PAHHHT OF MEEEE...

Digging: Poets of the Fall - Twilight Theater

bloc
February 6th 2010


34998 Comments


A PAHHHHHT OF MEEEEEEEEEEE

asaf
February 6th 2010


888 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Everyone should know this song, it still remains one of the greatest album openers of all time....


hmmm.... I'd rather hear Carbomb a thousand times, before ever reading that line again...

It's funny that you posted this. I just put their first album on my iPod the other day after owning it for almost 12 years, and it's pretty awful. I don't know why I liked them as a kid. This band sucks.



Wizard
February 6th 2010


19607 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Your reviews bring me back to the good old days of when I was discovering metal. Great review and I think I should go on a Korn binge soon.

Digging: Full Of Hell & Merzbow - Full Of Hell & Merzbow

TRMshadow
February 6th 2010


4982 Comments


Awesome Review, Pos.

The only Korn album I can say I had the displeasure of enjoying was Take a Look in the Mirror. A friend of mine - who I fail to introduce good music to - believes that Korn only got better with time. She really needs some help.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 6th 2010


8387 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good review man. I quite like this album, but I'm one of the few who actually think that Untouchables was Korn's best album. Granted, I haven't heard the debut (only Korn album I haven't haha).



KILL
February 6th 2010


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

well their debut is their best album by far

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 6th 2010


8387 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah its also quite embarrasing because I still like to listen to good nu metal. I'm definitely going to get it at one point!



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy