Korn’s been around the music scene for a long time now, with their debut album released ten years ago. It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long, but since then Korn has only gotten bigger and bigger. Some people started getting into them when they got widely popular, and then there are some like me who were there right when the first album came out and they didn’t have too many songs playing on MTV or the radio. Korn’s “Greatest Hits Vol. 1″ has been in the making for years, and it is finally out. A band like Korn deserves to have their own Greatest Hits album, and it is finally here.
The album works backwards, from their most current work (“y’all want a single”) to their very first single (“blind”). The album contains 19 tracks, and three of those are extra songs, including a remix of “freak on a leash.” At first, I thought it’d be better for them to start with their earliest work and then go from there, as you’d be able to see how much their music has evolved, but when I listened to the album in whole, I really liked how it was constructed. The album contains all of the popular hits that we’ve heard many times on the radio or have seen music videos for.
I think this album really does the band justice, even though there are songs that I wished had made it onto the album that didn’t. That’s the nature of these “Greatest Hits” albums. They can only really include the well-established songs rather than the overlooked ones. All of the famous hits are here: y’all want a single, right now, did my time, alone I break, here to stay, trash, somebody someone, make me bad, falling away from me, got the life, freak on a leash, twist, a.d.i.d.a.s., clown, shoots and ladders, and blind. The album also includes, “word up,” “another brick in the wall” and “freak on a leash (Dante Ross mix).” You can also expect a bonus DVD that includes some live performances.
Korn’s “Greatest Hits Vol. 1″ is a great representation of all of the years that this great band has provided us with excellent music. It’s nice to see that after all of these years that they’re still going strong. I still don’t know if they’ll ever top their first album, but they always put out great music. While other bands come and go, Korn is definitely here to stay, and they won’t be forgotten. -Michael Crane