Rating:
8.3
Korn - Issues
16 November 1999


01. Dead
02. Falling Away From Me
03. Trash
04. 4U
05. Beg For Me
06. Make Me Bad
07. It's Gonna Go Away
08. Wake Up
09. Am I Going Crazy
10. Hey Daddy
11. Somebody Someone
12. No Way
13. Let's Get This Party Started
14. Wish You Could Be Me
15. Counting
16. Dirty


Korn is a controversial topic among metalheads. The band is hated by lots of people, yet it is still respected by others for getting many fans into metal, and also because of their first releases, which are much more appreciated than the later works. "Issues" is the last of Korn's classic albums and at the same time the first one to be closer to alternative metal instead than the rap stuff from the previous albums. The band was able to release a good album even when they were at their highest point in the mainstream world, after another Billboard-and-that-kind-of-stuff hit "Follow The Leader".

With "Issues", Korn did something completely different from what they had done before. At the time, "Issues" was the most melodic of Korn's albums, even more than its predecessor "Follow The Leader", which was itself quite melodic when compared with the first two, and also because its strong rap influence. "Issues" actually parts ways with that rap stuff. However, it still has some old-Korn aggressiveness - songs like "Somebody, Someone", "Wake Up" or "Beg For Me" still have those heavy riffs, those percussive bass lines and those powerful drums. But there is a synthesizer overdose - almost every song on this album has electronic passages, and even the vocals and the instruments sound electronic in some songs. These synthesizer elements give "Issues" a very unique atmosphere, making it clearly different from the rest of the albums. This album has also many short fillers, including "4U" which is, ironically, one of the best tracks of the album.

As it was an album for the mainstream, Korn and Brendan O'Brien made a very good job while producing and recording "Issues". It has very good production, all of the instruments sound clean, though the performance is not that good. With this synthesizer overdose I was talking about, it seems that there's too much stuff in different passages throughout the album. Therefore the band has never been able to make a really good live performance of such songs like "Make Me Bad", "Trash" or "4U". Nevertheless, "Issues" is still regarded as one of the best albums by the band from Bakersfield and I would dare to say that every work of theirs that came after this one didn't manage to live up to "Issues" and its predecessors.

Performance: 7
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Production: 9


Band profile: Korn
Album: Issues


 


written by Bitch Boy | 31.03.2009


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Uirapuru - 29.05.2009 at 13:39  
Quote:
Issues" actually parts ways with that rap stuff. However, it still has some old-Korn aggressiveness - songs like "Somebody, Someone", "Wake Up" or "Beg For Me" still have those heavy riffs, those percussive bass lines and those powerful drums.


Really good direction they take from this album to on. Not that their first works aren't good, but the new Korn sounds better in my ears. ''Falling away from me'' it's still one of my fav nu-metal songs ever. ''Trash'' and ''Let's get this party started'' are also memorable.
One of the best Korn works.
Mr. Doctor - 29.05.2009 at 21:08  
Written by Uirapuru on 29.05.2009 at 13:39

''Falling away from me'' it's still one of my fav nu-metal songs ever.


Same here... It was also one of my first metal songs when I was like 7 years old. Really good song imo. Simple yet really effective.
BoxCar Willy - 23.11.2009 at 17:58  
LeChron James - 06.06.2011 at 10:18  
"Somebody Someone" is one of my favorite Korn songs, also the video for "Falling Away From Me" was BRUTAL as fuck when I first saw it at age 12 or 13 hahahaha
Mr. Doctor - 06.06.2011 at 12:53  
Written by LeChron James on 06.06.2011 at 10:18

"Somebody Someone" is one of my favorite Korn songs, also the video for "Falling Away From Me" was BRUTAL as fuck when I first saw it at age 12 or 13 hahahaha


Isaw it back when it was released so I was around 7-8 years old, brutal indeed
Aaaaah good times!
Big-Al - 04.09.2011 at 10:44  
Written by LeChron James on 06.06.2011 at 10:18

"Somebody Someone" is one of my favorite Korn songs, also the video for "Falling Away From Me" was BRUTAL as fuck when I first saw it at age 12 or 13 hahahaha

very memorable music video too.
takewarning - 21.09.2011 at 01:11  
There's a facebook sweepstakes to win concert tickets to see Korn at Roseland Ballroom in NYC - can win tickets for up to 4 friends as well. figured my fellow korn fans would want to know . Looks easy enough to sign up for - here's the link: Facebook.com/SonyEntertainment
Cuca Beludo - 15.01.2012 at 03:29  
Written by LeChron James on 06.06.2011 at 10:18

"Somebody Someone" is one of my favorite Korn songs, also the video for "Falling Away From Me" was BRUTAL as fuck when I first saw it at age 12 or 13 hahahaha

My favorite song from KoRn is "Falling Away From Me", and the videoclip for this song is kinda brutal for me too.

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