Korn
See You on the Other Side


3.5
great

Review

by Sputnik's official false metal authority USER (28 Reviews)
January 20th, 2011 | 59 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: See You On The Other Side provides some much needed tweaks to the rusty KoRn formula.

Changing your sound every once in a while is a must for most bands if they want to keep attracting new fans, and if they want to keep their fans with a brain and a taste for variety satisfied. For KoRn, changing their sound hasn't really worked out that well in the past, as they received a lot of mixed reactions to their most experimental effort Issues. However, it was apparent that they had to do something unexpected, something to keep both fans and critics satisfied after the critical panned Take A Look In The Mirror and the lackluster Untouchables proved them incapable of recreating their past glory. Determined to make something worthwhile, they recruited producer The Matrix, who would help them make their most experimental effort to date, See You On The Other Side.

Sadness and pain have always been a part of KoRn's musical catalog, and See You On The Other Side is no different. Jonathan Davis' voice perfectly fits the lyrics that are filled with anger, sadness and grief over his lost childhood. Luckily for the people that already heard this on any of their previous albums, Jonathan also has other things to sing about, like on 'Twisted Transistor', which is apparently about transistence (you need to see the video for that). Not that his lyrics are so great, but they go along well with the generally more accessible vibe of the album. Another great example is 'Coming Undone', which is simple in its execution but very effective in its own right. This track dispays a certain kind of catchiness that previous KoRn releases definitely lack. That can actually be said about most of the songs here because KoRn aren't very good musicians, so they have to resort to doing something else than making technically proficient music, and because of that they resort to making more accessible, but not any less enjoyable tracks.

The Matrix added a nice electronical touch to this album, which is very apparent on tracks such as 'Tearjerker' and 'Love Song' and offers a much needed empowerment of Jon's not so amazing vocal performance. But still, Jon sounds pretty weak, and that is because his band is lacking most of the time. It seems that KoRn took the minimalist road here, and just let Jon do all the hard work, only actually doing something worthwhile on the singles. Thankfully, The Matrix manages to cover most of this up with some nice patchwork here and there, so it never gets too apparent that the band is lacking in the musical department. In the end it doesn't hurt the quality of the songs that much, so I can't say the band did a bad job at constructing this album.

So, thanks to the wonderful patchwork done by The Matrix, See You On The Other Side is KoRn's first decent album since Issues. It offers a welcome, more accessible change from their previous efforts, and is actually enjoyable from the beginning until the end. If you enjoyed any of KoRn's past releases, you will most probably enjoy this too.



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Tyrael
January 20th 2011


20980 Comments


For my 20th I wanted to review an album of some importance to me so here it is. Constructive criticism
is appreciated etc...

crsini
January 20th 2011


93 Comments


good review; lame album

Tyrael
January 20th 2011


20980 Comments


This album means a lot to me, so thanks.

Tyrael
January 20th 2011


20980 Comments


I have no problem with people hating this, and I can definitely see where they are coming from.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 20th 2011


31637 Comments


Uh, didn't Follow The Leader do really well?

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Tyrael
January 20th 2011


20980 Comments


You're totally right Deviant, my bad.

Darkvoid67
January 20th 2011


383 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It sold well but critics didnt like it. Great review for an average album

Tyrael
January 20th 2011


20980 Comments


Anyway I took out Follow The Leader because it was a bit confusing anyways, thanks Darkvoid!

Tyrael
January 20th 2011


20980 Comments


Twisted Transistor's video is pretty hilarious.

Tyrael
January 20th 2011


20980 Comments


I think it is far worse on Untouchables, but I agree there is a lot of inconsistency present here.

Tyrael
January 20th 2011


20980 Comments


o wait i forgot, korn has thrived off that all along

Epic.

Tyrael
January 20th 2011


20980 Comments


I'm so going in against the grain here, but I thought untitled was pretty good. I found the undustrial
influences very refreshing actually. It's currently a 3,5 for me but I haven't listened to it in a
long time. Fyi no Korn album will get more than a 4 from me.

Kiran
Emeritus
January 20th 2011


6002 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

some kid gave me this for my birthday when i was 15 or something

what an asshole

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Powerban
January 20th 2011


2380 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

their self-titled is always nice to kick back to on occasion.

FilthyBorgir
January 20th 2011


1334 Comments


Everything after Follow the Leader/Issues became really mediocre and average. But SYOTOS is their best release after Follow The Leader.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 20th 2011


28838 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

no. untouchables and remember who you are are way better than this shit

this is better than take a look in the mirror tho.

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 20th 2011


7321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Solid review - have a pos Tyraelxy.

omnipanzer
January 20th 2011


21665 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Typos' need fixed please, first line and next to last sentence of second paragraph. ;^)

You repeat your opinion of the band sucking and praise Matrix a little to often for such a short review IMO.

You are making a very good argument for your 3.5 but I humbly disagree sir.

omnipanzer
January 20th 2011


21665 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

P.S. have a POS for making a logical argument for said rating.

Tyrael
January 20th 2011


20980 Comments


Thanks everyone!
@omnipanzer Good catch, and thank you for your honesty.



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