ARE YOU READY! This cd will please most Korn fans, and it did please me. I thought that it was closer to the older cd’s of Korn(which where way better! ) Yes they are trying to develop new sounds and more beats, but we as fans would like just a few more songs that are heavy like, blind, faget, and clown. I personally would like more songs that are funny and extremely emotional(the new cd was close on the emotional part!) like Good God, A.D.I.D.A.S, and Shoots and ladders. We all like the new beat that Issues created but it needs to have a few more songs that are more like the old Korn that we love.Deffinitly buy this CD because it is a good CD, the only problem is that Korn could make the CD’s great, by adding a few more “old style” songs! Also buy the CD because it is Korn! Korn will also be on the top!
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Any of you old school gothics that are into that gloomy melodic with an occasional thrash here and there…this is for you. Reminds me somewhat of some OLD NIN or some sisters of mercy…really great stuff. If you didn’t know it was Korn, you wouldn’t know it was Korn. All those out there expecting this to be an in your face album are going to be really disappointed…but if you want that slow down…emotional experience…this is for you.
I would just like to say that “Issues” is yet another almost-masterpiece pumped out by the instruments of KORN and the vocals of Jonathan Davis. I have seen all four covers ( I think the artwork is cool, but sick) and I have heard the CD over my friend’s house. I think they could have been a bit more heavy-metal about it, but then again, rock’n'roll isn’t all about how hard the music is. The Lyrics are depressing, repressive, and yes, inventive. I think that they are much more creative than the last album (no offense to “Follow The Leader”). KORN should keep up the good work and pump out another album a.s.a.p!
Korn isn’t really the sort of band to write concept albums. Operatic, epic, grandoise… words associated with our idea of a rock “concept album” but not the band Korn. But in this case, I’m at a loss for what else to call this music. This is Korn’s “concept album.”
Okay, not literally… the lyrics don’t potray the psychological downward spiral of a British rock star or the tragic love story of a mafia hitman, et cetera. But this album flows as a single work of art, and the lyrics do seem to outline a specific sort of mental decline. What this album lacks in marketability and individual song strength, it more than makes up for in atmosphere, texture, and pure emotion.
Issues starts out with the simple chant-like “Dead”, which is the first in a series of inbetween tracks. Many fans cried ‘filler’ when this album came out, claiming that these short transition songs were just put there to take up space. On the contrary, this is a long album even without those short little intermissions. If anything, they contribute to the flow of the album. Some of them are great by themselves and some of them aren’t, but all of them are appropriate.
This album is also the pinnacle of Korn’s “wall of sound.” By this I am referring to the one simple repetative part Head plays, the simple part Munky plays that is entirely different, the beat David plays that is entirely different, the counter-groove Fieldy plays, and Jon’s voice filling in the blanks. And, of course, when you put it all together, you get one complex arrangement that is many times more than the sum of its parts. Issues takes advantage of this more than any other Korn album. The rich textures on this album are one of its strongest points and it has a tendancy to draw you into its morbid, aimless haze.
Issues is, on the whole, Korn’s darkest and most disturbing album. It’s impossible not to feel the insomnia and alcoholism and depression that spawned not only the self-loathing lyrics but the creepy, dissonant music itself. Much of this album borrows from the abstract, heavy sounds of Mr. Bungle. It has some of Korn’s heaviest moments and some of Korn’s most melodic moments up to this point. All the humor from the past two albums seems to have been drained completely – this album is dead serious.
As Issues flows seamlessly from one sludgey, hopeless track to the next, it becomes difficult to decide what is a highlight and what is a lowlight. It works so perfectly as a single experiance that it seems almost criminal to break it down to its constituant parts and analyze them. However, “Falling Away From Me” and “Make Me Bad” seem like a good place to start, being the singles. The former is one of their darkest, moodiest singles and the latter is a groovey and catchey tune with a great melody. “Trash” is a particularely bitter track towards the beginning of the album that introduces the “concept” of sorts for the album: that this whole record is an account of Jonathan’s various stages of a breakdown on tour.
“Hey Daddy” marks the beginning of the headiest, most emotional part of the album, which progresses more and more into a state of despair as it finishes out. By itself it is one of the heaviest and scariest songs on the album. “No Way” has a sort of sick desperation to it and is the ramp up into what I consider to be the climax of the album: “Let’s Get This Party Started.” Despite its unimaginative title, I see it as being the crux of this album. It is in many ways the most intense song on this album and contains some of the most biting, bitter, and personal lyrics to be found on Issues.
After this song, the album tones down a little volume-wise, but emotionally it is just as intense (although it feels a little more resigned than the first three quarters of the album.) At long last we reach the meloncholic, defeated “Dirty” which is another of this album’s many high points… but maybe perhaps it is also a low point, for there is practically no hope to be found in this song. I can practically see Jon passing out drunk in front of his tv set as the network signs off the air for the night (a possibly unintended effect of the static at the end of the album?)
This is Korn’s most serious, mature, and emotionally relevant album to date, and my personal favorite even over the self-titled. I can see why the “old school” fans weren’t impressed, but I’m glad they moved on from the urban influence of Follow the Leader and continued to tweak their sound. I would highly recommend this to ANYONE, even people who aren’t into Korn or other so-called nu metal bands.
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Korn were always a popular band, but following the release of “Follow the Leader” in 1998, they really hit it big and crossed over into the mainstream. So maybe they wanted to strike while the iron was hot, but for some reason, Korn felt like they needed to follow up that album quickly with “Issues,” and release it the very next year.
Unfortunately for them, 1999’s “Issues” was Korn’s first underrated album. “Issues” still went platinum, so it wasn’t exactly “a miss,” but for whatever reason, some Korn fans didn’t buy it. As of 1999, nu-metal was still very popular, so the collapse of that genre is not to blame. If anything, “Issues” didn’t have enough nu-metal songs. It eliminated the hip-hop stylings which were present on “Follow the Leader,” and, since frontman Jonathan Davis plays bagpipes on this album, his Duran Duran influences are more apparent here than on other albums.
But “Issues” is also different for a variety of other reasons. First of all, its cover art was done by Korn fans, and there are four available covers for this one C.D.. Next, every other Korn album has a hidden track at the end, but “Issues” does not. The album closer, “Dirty,” just ends with the sound of static/white noise. (It’s rumored that they pulled the hidden track at the last minute, before the album was released). Finally, and most importantly, this album has five short, “interlude” type of tracks. “Dead,” “4 U” (a song which has chimes and is almost a short ballad), “It’s Gonna Go Away,” “Am I Going Crazy,” and “Wish You Could Be Me” are all very brief; they are 90 seconds or less. Now, this C.D. is 16 tracks long, so there are 11 full-length songs. Thus, I seriously doubt Korn had writer’s block and just threw in those five tracks for filler.
It is possible that Korn released this album only a year after its predecessor because Jonathan Davis had a lot he wanted to talk about. Lyrically, much of this album was inspired by Davis’ battle with substance abuse-particularly alcohol. Other recurring themes throughout these songs are death (as in “Falling Away From Me”), “I’m dead inside” feelings (which are especially apparent in the song “Dead”), and Korn’s patented “am I crazy?” thoughts (i.e. in tracks five and seven). Track eight, “Wake Up,” however, is about apparent feuding amongst the band members, and JD wasn’t happy about it. Elsewhere, “Make Me Bad” deals with Jonathan’s obsession with sex (his feelings of constantly looking for a woman to have intercourse with), and “Beg For Me” is about performing live, on stage, in front of a crowd.
“Dead” begins the album with an ascending bagpipe solo. Then Davis whispers “All I want in life is to be happy,” and a choir sings in the background. With a creepy beat/guitar noise and lyrics which are criminal and mentally disturbed, “Trash” is a common fan favorite, but “Falling Away from Me” is my personal favorite. It’s incredibly catchy, and has big, speaker shredding guitars, and a mosh-pit-ready bridge. The other two singles, “Somebody Someone” and “Make Me Bad,” are both very catchy as well. “Beg For Me” has an irresistible chorus, and “Hey Daddy” has good vocal hooks. Next, the aforementioned “Wake Up” has very heavy choruses, with explosive riffs and blood pumping yells. And finally, “Let’s Get This Party Started” is ironic because it has more dark lyrics and creepy vocals, but the song’s chorus is very bouncy and energetic.
Nu-metal may not be popular anymore, but this is still a great album. It is, in my opinion, not their best album, but some Korn fans would argue it is, and it also has some of Korn’s catchiest songs. “Issues” is definitely worth owning, so you should definitely buy it, but (as is the case, now-a-days, with all nu-metal albums) don’t tell any of your friends.