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Issues
     

Issues

4.6 27
by Korn
 

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Korn is the art-scarred older brother to Limp Bizkit's spoiled detention-hall wiseass. If Fred Durst is the high-school tool with the sickest jokes in the locker room, Korn yowler Jonathon Davis is the spooky darksider getting stoned alone in the parking lot. "Why do I have a conscience/All it does is fuck with me," he sings above the goth-metal

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Korn is the art-scarred older brother to Limp Bizkit's spoiled detention-hall wiseass. If Fred Durst is the high-school tool with the sickest jokes in the locker room, Korn yowler Jonathon Davis is the spooky darksider getting stoned alone in the parking lot. "Why do I have a conscience/All it does is fuck with me," he sings above the goth-metal whomp of "Trash," setting the tone for his band's fourth album -- a psycho-sludge epic that makes the Bizkits' SIGNIFICANT OTHER read like BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER. Davis has a gift for turning the rap-talk vox Anthony Kiedis ripped off from George Clinton into a testosterone bawl all his own, and at times he sounds like a freakish force of nature fronting musicians who've rebuilt Nine Inch Nails's industrial monster-mash into a sleek '90s metal machine. When he bellows "Wake the fuck up!" over Reginald "Fieldy Snuts" Arvizu's metaloid bass slamming, David Silveria's sludge-hop beats, and Brian "Head" Welch and James "Munky" Shaffer's tidal guitar textures, the combined impact could blow the roof off just about any mothersucker in the land. Equally striking in their deranged drive are songs like "Am I Going Crazy" and "Let's Get This Party Started," in which Davis's bipolar yammering ("help meeeee!") grimly articulates the narcissistic hell of disaffected teendom with a visceral angst that far surpasses boomer totems like THE CATCHER IN THE RYE or detached "song-poets" like Paul Westerberg. And the fact that millions of suburban teens hear it as generational folk music only drives home the point more powerfully.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/1999
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646371022
catalogNumber:
63710

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Korn   Primary Artist
Jonathan Davis   Bagpipes,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
James "Munky" Shaffer   Guitar
David Silveria   Drums,Snare Drums,Group Member
Head   Guitar

Technical Credits

Jonathan Davis   Composer,drum programming
Nick DiDia   Engineer
Brendan O'Brien   Producer
Korn   Composer
Aimee MacAuley   Advisor
James Schaffer   Composer
Brian Welch   Composer
James "Munky" Shaffer   Composer
David Silveria   Composer
Reggie Arvizu   Composer
Erin Haley   Marketing
Cheryl Mondello   Marketing
Jeff Kwatinetz   Executive Producer
Tobias Miller   Engineer
Gayle Boulware   Marketing
Michael Oppenheim   Management

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Issues 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Korns latest one has the brutality and anger like never before! The rage from Jons vocals are amazing! For all those hardcore fans who don't have it, GET IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is full of good songs but there is also strange one-minute-tracks that destroy the whole thing. They still can rock but they shouldn't fill album with filling tracks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
great album, one of korn's best albums, i personally like the fillers powerful and full of emotion
Guest More than 1 year ago
Man, this CD was horrible! It's just one big piece of junk CD. It was a waste of my time to even download this stuff! I hope you all don't buy this for the sake of all those children out there that aren't yet exposed to suicide, drugs, and negative language!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that they are going in a even better direction. This style of music may attract new listeners, but still keep the old ones as well...
Guest More than 1 year ago
KoRn has done it once again. This c.d. basically has emotions by its self. Jonathan has let the world know what is going on in his head through most of these songs. The music and riffs set the situation and the lyrics are as powerful as ever!You will enjoy this great new c.d!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best korn albumn's!!! it kicks major butt!! this albumn takes korn to the next level.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far their best cd! It includes great songs like Falling away from me and lets get this party started. Definitely buy this cd!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a must have CD if U like KoRN.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never really listened to rock and metal, but this Korn s@#t was hot. I liked the video on MTV and decided to hear the album. i was blown away. They got some hot beats, and mad innovative sounds(i.e. Wake up, Let's Get this party started) that I ain't never heard before. A lot of it you could just bounce to. I don't mind the screaming and all that when there's talent behind it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
haha thats funny even mentioning limp bizkit in the same review as korn... not that L.B. is bad but korn just is way better buy this album because jon, head, munky, david fieldy are the best... and i've been a fan since '94
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new album from Korn, Issues, is the best one they have out so far! It's all heavy metal. Anyone who said 'I hate KORN!!' Will be really surprised by what this Cd is like. Now, go and buy it!! NOW
Guest More than 1 year ago
issues makes any other hardcore metal cd sound like the backstreet boys, full of intense music that is sure to get you pumped, go get it and support korn!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I HAVE ENJOYED THE BOYS FROM KORN FOR AWHILE. THE ARE AN AMAZING BAND, NOT TO MENTION A BUNCH OF HOTTIES!!! JONATHAN DAVIS IS HAS SUCH BEAUTIFUL LYRICS. YOU CAN REALLY FEEL HIS PAIN, YOU ALMOST WANT TO GIVE HIM A BIG HUG! (I KNOW I WOULDN'T MIND) EVERY SONG IS GREAT. #2 IS MY FAVORITE! DEFINATE MUST PURCHASE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Korn is my favorite band of all time, and Issues ranks in my book as their 2nd best album (behind their debut of course!!) The dark lyrics, crushing guitar melodies, the serpent like sounds of the bass, and the VERY loud drum beats were phenomenal. I Just wish that all of their albums were this dang good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
KORN the phattest band alive with rock/ rap lyrcs and hard hitting heavy guitar riffs KORN's music is all about Johnathan's past horrible childhood life with songs like a.d.i.d.a.s.,freak on a leash, and falling away from me proves it bottomline:KORN'S HERE TO STAY 4-EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think that thes c.d is really good but it is not the best i love korn and like all of the c.d of them but the best iskorn
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd ROCKS!!!!!!! Its one of the best in the world!!! I love it!!! Korn once again out did them selves and came out with an amazing work of art!!! Every one should go out and buy Isuess right away!!!! Its GREAT!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
korn's issues album is good but the first album is defitenly the best. the new album has turned more pop instead of the hard metal sound they first produced in the first two albums, espically the first.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What were they thinking??? This CD is horrible. I can not express how disgusted I am with KoRn. I guess this CD was so bad because KoRn couldn't think of anything else to sing about except for drugs,profanity, suicide,and mental girls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dude this is one of the best KOrn cds in the world!!!!!I can't wait tell another korn cd comes along fo me to get!!!!All the songs in this and the rest of the korn cds made kick!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd has to be one of the coolest ever! it never leaves my cd player!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album totally rocks!I have listened to it every day since I got it. P.S. Korn,keep up the good work!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is the S***. Buy all 4 covers it's worth it. Anyway, This album definetly gets 5 stars along with all the other KoRn albums.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago