Normally, this is where a first time reviewer would write something along the lines of "This is my first review so please be nice!". Well i guess I just did but thats beside the point. Just know that you don't need to be nice to me, just keep it as constructive as you can if you don't mind. That being said, on to the review.
Also, the songs that are skipped are the songs that aren't particualarly spectacular in my opinion.
Since they came around in 1994, Korn had released 6 full length studio albums up to this point.Greatest Hits Vol. 1
Is, you guessed it, a collection of hits from these six albums, as well as a cover song, a remake of a pink floyd song, and a remix of Freak On A Leash
. The music is obviously as its always been with downtuned 7-string guitars and a surprisingly audible bass along with slight hip-hop inspired drumming. The musical ground of Korn's covered on this cd ranges from their first single Blind
up to their latest release the Cameo cover Word Up!
, the albums opener. Korn did a pretty good job with the cover in my opinion, even though the music is pretty much just a port (obviously heavier) than the original.
The next offering on the album is Another Brick In The Wall (parts 1, 2, and 3)
musically it strongly resembles the original but lyrically its completely different. Davis chooses to write his own lyrics for the first part of the song, dealing with what I'm guessing to be a child deprived of his father figure. So now the actual singles/hits come in to the mix.
Did My Time
was put out on the soundtrack to the second Tomb Raider movie. The song starts out with a single guitar quickly joined by the rest of the instruments, then a quick descending riff which becomes the pre-verse and chorus riff. Trash
starts off with the full band with the verses being carried mainly by the base with the guitars suporting with high pitched riffs with Johnathan whispering the verses. Falling Away From Me
is the one Korn song that everybody should be familiar with, since it was their most comercially succesfull song up to this point, with Freak On A Leash
being second. Twist
is basically filler clocking in at under one minute with Johnathan growling incoherently with a pseudo-chorus of the word twist. the guitars provide the same low end riff the ocasional dissonant chord throughout the song. A.D.I.D.A.S
, or All Day I Dream About Sex, is one of my favorite songs on here, even though its one of the shortest. The lyrics are fun to listen to even though they don't mean a whole lot and the guitars actually provide some pretty interesting stuff on this track, with once again the ever so present bass in the background.
The next three songs are the first three singles Korn released. The guitars leave something to be desired but the bass is as audible as ever in the background providing a nice little groove to the songs. The lyrics are typicall earlier Korn with Johnathan's lyrics mostly being about social outcasts or escaping from reality in Blind
. The lyrics to Shoots and Ladders
are mostly from nursery rhymes which I found interesting, the first verse being Ring Around the Rosy. I interpreted the lyrics as being about an abusive childhood though in a direct manner, but others probably interpret it differently. My only gripe with this disk is the inclusion of the Dante Ross remix of Freak On A Leash
this song is an extremely bland version of the original and does absolutely nothing for the album. Thoughtless
should have been stuck in there instead of this in my opinion.
The recomended tracks are obviously the ones that I mentioned, and the ones that should be skipped are, well, the ones i skipped. So I hope you enjoyed this "little" review.
Final Verdict 4/5