Issues [UK Bonus CD]

Issues [UK Bonus CD]

by Korn
     
 

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Released in the fall of 1999, when Korn were in danger of being overshadowed by such protégés as Limp Bizkit, Issues reaffirms the group's status as alt-metal leaders, illustrating that the true difference between Korn and their imitators is their mastery of sound. Korn are about nothing if not sound. Sure,

Overview

Released in the fall of 1999, when Korn were in danger of being overshadowed by such protégés as Limp Bizkit, Issues reaffirms the group's status as alt-metal leaders, illustrating that the true difference between Korn and their imitators is their mastery of sound. Korn are about nothing if not sound. Sure, Jonathan Davis doesn't merely toss off lyrics, but in the end, it doesn't matter since his voice and the various words that float to the surface simply enhance the mood. Similarly, the band doesn't really have any distinguished riffs or hooks -- everything each member contributes adds to the overall sound -- so, casual listeners can be forgiven if they think the songs sound the same, since not only do the tracks bleed into one other, the individual songs have no discernible high points. Each cut rises from the same dark sonic murk, occasionally surging forward with volume, power, and aggression. It's mood music -- songs don't matter, but the foreboding feeling and gloomy sounds do. To a certain extent, this has always been true of Korn albums, but it's particularly striking on Issues because they pull off a nifty trick of stripping their sound back to its bare essentials and expanding and rebuilding from that. They've decided to leave rap-metal to the likes of Limp Bizkit, since there is very little rapping or appropriation of hip-hop culture anywhere on Issues. By doing this, they have re-emphasized their skill as a band, and how they can find endless, often intriguing, variations on their core sound. Issues may not be the cathartic blast of anger their debut was, nor is it as adventurous as Follow the Leader, but it better showcases the sheer raw power of the band than either. [The U.K. special edition features five bonus tracks, including a few remixes, the official version of "Twist/Chi," and the much bootlegged "Jingle Balls."]

Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/2000
Label:
Sbme Import
UPC:
5099749635920
catalogNumber:
496359
Rank:
48272

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Dead
  2. Falling Away from Me
  3. Trash
  4. 4 U
  5. Beg for Me
  6. Make Me Bad
  7. It's Gonna Go Away
  8. Wake Up
  9. 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

Disc 2

  1. A.D.I.D.A.S.
  2. Good God
  3. Got the Life
  4. Twist/Chi
  5. Jingle Balls

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Korn   Primary Artist
Jonathan Davis   Bagpipes,Drums,Vocals,Drum Loop
James "Munky" Shaffer   Guitar
David Silveria   Drums
Fieldy   Drum Loop

Technical Credits

Carlos Alfredo   Artwork
Jonathan Davis   Composer
Nick DiDia   Engineer
Brendan O'Brien   Producer
Steve Thompson   Producer
Toby Wright   Producer
Korn   Composer,Producer
Bradford Lambert   Artwork
James Schaffer   Composer
Brian Welch   Composer
Ross Robinson   Producer
James "Munky" Shaffer   Composer
Josh Abraham   Producer,Remixing
Barry Ashworth   Producer,Remixing
David Silveria   Composer
Reggie Arvizu   Composer
Jason O'Bryan   Producer,Remixing
Jeff Kwatinetz   Executive Producer
Tobias Miller   Engineer

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