Review Summary: KoRn churn out a darker release than their debut, and without bad consequence.1 of 2 thought this review was well written
Since my last review garnered enough attention from ad hominem vomit spews and malefic comments aimed at my stances and mentality. I shall attempt to review this with absolutely no personal input, because I can't win with you people.
KoRn were the first ever band I got into, I got into them through this album so it is a blast to the past so to speak.
Unlike Slipknot, I do not loathe even hearing their name anymore because KoRn don't exactly make shoddy material. Well, at least from mine and a few others standpoints they don't.
This album represented the band in their prime, and had a difference from their first album, there were heavy funk elements. Reggae even in some areas, and the songwriting had continued to be as darkly written and emotionally jarring as the last album, though with some black-humour put in for good measure. They had matured over the release difference from what I can gather, and I am really happy for them. As this album is possibly their best to ever come from them. Not to say their newer material is bad, because to me it is certainly not.
This is also possibly their darkest album to date, incorporating more violent lyrics and general social-disgust and awkwardness than they had in the last effort, and managed to scare me a little in one particular song, which is "Kill You" the most notorious song on their album aside from -possibly- "K@#Ø%" depending on what you consider more worrying, profanity, or profanity and murder threats.
Oh, and who can forget the lovable mania of the possibly most recognizable intro to any album ever. Twist, where I thought my speakers had broken upon first listen.
Jonathan was really, really at breaking point so many times on this album. "Good God", "Chi", "Kill You". Hell there is probably more but you can literally feel the man's rage and pain in his voice, almost at all times. It's quite harrowing.
Unfortunately, there are always one stale point of the album. That is in the track "Swallow" which is good for the first listen, then for some reason just gets... I don't really know, worse? The more you hear it. I think it might just be the repetition of the lyrics.
The musicianship of the album is, just what you'd expect from KoRn on a sophomore effort. David Silvera really shows his talent on this album, Munky and Head churn out awesome riffs and tunes, while Fieldy just slaps away on that bass. That guy is just one of the defining aspects of KoRn, without him I'd honestly not feel the same listening to KoRn.
In short, the album is one of the many to be held aloft as a truly, amazing album. Despite it's drop down on Swallow, it still is one of the best albums of the 90's era.