Take a Look in the Mirror

Take a Look in the Mirror

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by Korn
     
 

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Just short of a decade into their incredibly successful and influential career, Korn went into Take a Look in the Mirror publicly stating their hopes to record a fresh-sounding album, a seemingly simple task that they somewhat ended up accomplishing. They needed a fresh album -- one that differed from their past couple, the

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Just short of a decade into their incredibly successful and influential career, Korn went into Take a Look in the Mirror publicly stating their hopes to record a fresh-sounding album, a seemingly simple task that they somewhat ended up accomplishing. They needed a fresh album -- one that differed from their past couple, the similar-sounding Issues (1999) and Untouchables (2001), yet at the same time wouldn't alienate their notoriously fickle nu-metal fan base. Issues and Untouchables had been fine albums, but Korn definitely needed a change -- if they wanted to remain relevant, that is. There's a lot of turnover in the metal world because there's always the next big thing (whether it's thrash, grindcore, alt-metal, rap-metal, or whatever), and the rare bands that do last (like, say, Tool) do so because they keep changing and therefore retain the curiousity of their perpetually aging (and thus perpetually dwindling) fan base while at the same time drawing in new generations of listeners. It's a tricky business, really -- you need to keep changing yet still maintain your essence. And Korn does that very well on Take a Look in the Mirror, where they deftly consolidate their past strengths and self-produce a succinct album that sounds like trademark Korn -- yet purposefully doesn't sound like any Korn album to date. It's a little paradoxical, but that's precisely what makes Take a Look in the Mirror so interesting, especially for longtime fans. Particular songs draw from past Korn albums -- whether it's the ultramelodic Issues/Untouchables style of "Alive," the overt rap-metal Follow the Leader style of "Play Me," the covert rap-metal Life Is Peachy style of "Y'all Want a Single," or the seeing-red berserk Korn style of "Break Some Off" -- while a few highlights ("Right Now," "Counting on Me," "Did My Time") break into exciting new territory. And perhaps most importantly, Korn keeps Take a Look in the Mirror brief: a baker's dozen in 45 minutes if you don't count the hidden bonus track (their ADD-paced live version of "One" from MTV's Metallica comeback special). Because of the emphasis on brevity and variety (and especially quality), the album's over before you know it and you're left feeling hungry for more Korn.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Robert Cherry
1/2 Davis hasn't traded self-pity for self-reflection, but he is screaming "f**k you" with greater precision.

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Release Date:
11/21/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969033524
catalogNumber:
90335
Rank:
42970

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Take a Look in the Mirror 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
KoRn...a band that changed the Rock world for ever when the exploded into the music world. Now they are trying to survive not to say that they fell off the top but their role started to dwindle. Ive been a fan since '94 and have followed very closely. With their new album in hand it has to be their most beautiful work of art,in a ugly beautiful of koRn. The album blows your head off with the mixing in the songs between melody and hard riffs/lyrics. A Great album for anyone who is a fan of Rock music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
KoRn proves once again that hard rock can be reinvented. It amazes me that with each release KoRn provides me I can be this excited, elated, even overwhelmed by a few songs. Tune in, spoil yourself. KoRn wants you to hear their music and you deserve it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is some great shi..stuff. This is probley there top notch album...but will be undone by the next one...keep on rockin'! KoRn 2004!! gonna be humanguse!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is, to put it politely, Korn's weakest album. There are only three worthy songs (Right Now, Did My Time, and Y'all Want a Single) out of the fourteen on this album. All three can be found on "Greatest Hits: Vol 1" so buy that instead.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a lot of my favorite songs come from this CD
ThyWickedJuggalo More than 1 year ago
this is one of korns last albums to feature brian head welch on guitar this band knows how to kick butt thanks korn all the great albums you have put out you guys make awesome music i just hope this review ight help other people out also this album is one of their best albums its just as heavy as untouchables and just as emotinial driven as self titled and life is peachy this band rocks i do not know one person who dislikes this band because this band rocks
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is so good. korn is back. heavier, louder, darker, and a hell of a lot meaner. sure they use the word f&^# a little too much but they did a good job. its well rounded all of the songs are good, not just three of em. if you a korn fan you'll like it and even if you just like "did my time" this is a good cd to buy
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is album is awesome. It sounds more like older korn so you old korn fans will definatly love it. Ive been a fan of Korn for 5 years, I definatly think this is one of their best. So go out and buy it now!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definetly the old school KoRn that everybody loves. Look into the mirror is a mixture of hard rythems, strong vocals and emotions everyone can relate to. This is definetly a must have....don't download it because soon u'll have no new korn cuz they won't have any money to record more..support your favorite band and go buy this album. PLEASE!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best KoRn album so far. I would recomend this album to any one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey all of that want a good Cd for 2 give to a loved one but dont know what to get them.Well if there into rock then this cd is a good one to get them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
KORN HAVE DONE IT AGAIN!!!!!!! MIXING THE OLD ELEMENTS WITH THE NEW ONES. THE CD FREAKING ROCKS!!!! THE GUITAR RIFFS ARE HARD THE VOCALS ARE AMAZING. KORN HAS COME BACK TO THIER HARD ROCK SOUND!!! THE BEST ALBUM EVER!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love korn <3 and Jonathan is hot!! :X haha i'm good.... jesus i sound like a blonde :/ that's it for me...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Take A Look In The Mirror is an outstanding album. Korn has always kept the attention of their fans. This album has a mix of the old and of the new. The dvd is good too. If you dont have the album go buy it today!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The fans wanted a HARD A$$ cd...and they sure as hell got it!! Take A Look In The Mirror is the BEST Cd KoRn has EVER made!! The lyrics are absolutly AMAZING and the beat is Addicting! so you you are looking to buy a KoRn cd this is sooOOooOOo the cd for you!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
KoRn's 6th studio album 'Take A Look In The Mirror' came out with a BanG!! Since their Debut album KoRn has been "growing" over the years, Progressing with each album! But this album Is 'Heavy' like the first but at the same time they tie in "perfect" melodic stuff like the last couple of records!SO BUY THIS ALBUM!!! And if you do buy it you should get the one that comes with the DVD, It KoRn, Beeing, um...KoRn!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great album. The korn I love is back again. Although they have changed over the years, they've brought back some their old signature styles (bagpipes,hip hop elements, and wailing, groaning vocals by Jonathan Davis. There are no words that can possibly explain the feeling I get when I listen to their record. You'll just have to get it yourself. The Limited Edition is worth it, by the way, the liner notes and the SKRAPBOOK is beautiful; filled with photos from back in the day. Few bands have been able to stay in the industry over the years, but korn has been keeping on along with their massive army of fans. Bottom line: go get it. now. its loud, heavy, emotional, melodic (at times), and definitely worth a listen. It's everything you'd expect from korn and more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
only downfall to this cd was track 8, the intro and beat and music all together makes the song sound quite impresseive and catches my interest, but then rap, it honestly reminds of the ice cube and korn track from previous album (follow the leader), job well done no wonder its such a hot download, i mean buy
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has got to be one of their best albums! Great music, great guitar, great voice...great bagpipes! In my point of view, everything's perfect. I wouldn't want a thing changed. I like the idea of re-doing Alive...that came out well. I also like the hidden track "One", and how it came straight from the T.V., audience and all. The music is hard, but with some soft points. And to top everything off, they produced it themselves, which shows they know what they are doing and still know how to rock the house! If you weren't a Korn fan before, you will be now! Go buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I received this album on its release date, I was estatic. After listening to it for an entire week straight, I can honestly say it is KoRn's best work yet. It combines the raw heaviness of thier first few albums, with the melodic beauty of their last few albums. Combine this with something new, and its a fresh cd thats addicting to even the heaviest metalhead. KoRn is back with a vengence, and the World better be ready.
Guest More than 1 year ago
KoRn's debut album was an emotional lyrical timeline with heavy guitar riffs and low sounding bass. The band has journeyed from very heavy album, KoRn and Life Is Peachy, to an effects/hiphop album, Follow The Leader, and then to melody in Untouchables. Take A Look In The Mirror has what you can expect in any KoRn album- Well thought out lyrics and vocals with emotinal quality; heavy guitar riffs mixed in with some melody and beats.
Guest More than 1 year ago
no matter how much I thought they couldn't out do the last albums, here they went and did it again! It is unbelievable! I love it and I listen to it everyday! The concert with limp bizkit here salt lake city on nov. 14th was amazing as well, GO SEE THEM LIVE!!! AND GO BUY THIS CD!!! You won't regret it! A++++++++++++++++++
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is very very very good. tis defently the best KoRn cd!! Buy Buy Buy
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best album of koRn yet. I saw them in concert at the projekt revolution tour i love them. So if you have not gotten this album yet, take a few minutes out of your time and get the hell out and buy it. I can gaurentee you, you will not regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best cd from the best band ever, if you like the harcore metal sounds then you should really get this cd.