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:
37513

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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
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
Quite possibly KORNS best CD to date. DARK, AGGRESSIVE, deep, thought provoking, absolutely haunting! This CD is angry and demented and an absolute pleasure to listen to. If this is what self-producing a CD turnes out like, i suggest they continue along this path! BUY THE CD! You wont be able to turn it off. Five stars and two thumbs up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I can say is that album is EXCELLENT !!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is full of ripping lyrics, guitar riff, and blasting drum beats. I loved this cd b/c of course I LOVE KORN!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey people listen up Korn is so awsome. I like all their songs on all their albums I couldn't choose what album was my favorit so I said they all are. Now that I heard this one I love it and i think I finaly found my favorit one. You have to check this one out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album blew my mind away! Not to mention that I am a Korn fan. Like previous people had said it is all FIVE albums mixed together but FU__EN HARDER! Take a Look in the Mirror is more than I expected. The album is more harder than others that Korn had created... I think the other albums are good too it is just Take a Look in the Mirror is what I wanted! I cannot wait to hear Korn perform these songs live! If I was you I would buy this album and add it to your collection! Trust me you will like it, if you like KORN! The Bonus DVD is awesome because it shows you some f__ed up video of RIGHT NOW not the Animation but some other one plus you get to see some Untouchables tour action. KORN JUST FU___CKEN ROCKS!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not only Korn's best cd ever but the best cd I have ever owned to date. This cd combines hard riffs of old and new combined along with a new melodic voice with the same hard core voice JD has always carried. A new bassline from bassist Fieldy brought a new sound as well in which I think makes the difference in every track. Go and get this album and listen to it over and over again!
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
one of KoRn's best...sounds like jon's stuff he did on Queen of the Damned...total greatness...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new KoRn cd is the best cd they have made yet. I think if you are going to get 1 cd this year KoRn's new cd "take a look in the mirror" is the 1 you should buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I don't have the cd yet, TALITM is almost as good as the band's self titled debut, "Korn". My favorite tracks are Right Now, Break Some Off, and Play Me featuring NAS. Pick this album up!
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
This disc is excellent. It takes the styles from over the years and mixes them together with a hint of the rage put forth on their first, self titled album. It is a must-buy for old and new fans alike. This CD is one you will listen to from the 1st track to the last, and you will love everything in between. In summary, it just rocks! Check it out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Munky, Fieldy, Jonathan, Head, David. They are back, and this time, they bring with them, the good old days. The long awaited follow-up to "Untouchables"is here. "Take a Look in the Mirror" blends their old school style with their Nu-Wave experience. Old Korn fans will remember the days of "Life is Peachy" while newcomers to their music will notice a mixture of deep bass riffs, haunting vocals, and an over all brutal vibe to them. Their controversal approach to reinventing the metal/hard rock industry was widely accepted and this release is their biggest to date. Warning though, their language is uncensored and they constantly use the "F" word throughout this cd. The rundown for this cd is simple: 1.) Right Now- I'm sure you've heard this song on the radio, but in case you havn't, this is their Nu-Style they were trying to incooperate. Not the best on the cd, but good, this is a blend of the "Untouchables" and "Life is Peachy" approach. Good guitar and bass elements are present for this entire song. 8/10 2.) Break Some Off- A little too new school for me. Although I do like the bass of this song, it simply doesn't flow with the rest of the album and you constantly find Jonathan yelling, not singing. 6/10 3.) Counting on Me- Killer intro, and a more melodic sound than rock, but the blending of so makes this song pretty good. The chorus surprised me in this song, but it is a good surprise, as it is harder than the rest of the verses. 8/10 4.) Another spectacular intro piece, with flowing guitar rhythems breaking in the background, finalized with raging, yet emotional, vocals. This piece is slow compared to the rest, but is one of the best on the cd, and should not be taken lightly. 9/10 5.) Deep Inside- Harmonic sounds blend well with the leading vocals and the verses fuel the rest of the song, as the chorus isn't something to be overjoyed with. Again, somewhat slow compared to their previous releases. 7/10 6.) Did My Time- The driving force in this song is the guitars in the intro, and their presence throughout the song. This is the harder, more widely know Korn back in action, with the echo effect ripping off in the chorus and the heavy beat enclosed. 9/10 7.) Everything I've Known- Very smooth take, not choppy or broken. The song has a consistant beat to it, reinforced with the savage lyrics. Top notch new Korn has made it's presence known and enjoyed in this song. 9/10 8.) Play Me- A little wierd that NAS is in this song, but it is still good. Blending the hard beats with a unique splash of rap to carry it on. It's not as bad as I thought it would be, considering that these combo of the 2 is actually quite devastating. Good mix. 8/10 9.) Alive- Wow, simply amazing. I felt like Jon was singing this song for me, this song is full of raw emotion, inspiration and power. You can actually hear the pain in his voice as they remaster their technique. Very uplifting for anyone. I can't describe it anymore. 10/10 10.) Let's Do This Now- Bagpipes cue the intro! (Yes the pipes are back!) This song is actually straight foreward. Not to interesting, not to flowing, not to Kornish, not their best. Only thing that makes the song bearable is the guitars and drums. That's about it. 6/10 11.) I'm Done- They again deliver that hardcore, in-your-face sound they are known for. Cue the aggressive guitars, ready the fierce bass, and power the vocals. Very smooth song, great presence of mind and very good sounds. No complaints here. 10/10 12.) Ya'll Want a Single- A hilarious, and heavy state of mind throughout the song. Nice catchy chorus with guitars paving the road ahead. Jon's voice makes the whole song's atmosphere very energetic. 10/10 13.) Very guitar focused song, with a mysterious vibe to it. It's actually probly one of the more emotional driven songs on the album. The background bass sets a somber mood, and the drums create a "hopeless
Guest More than 1 year ago
best cd for korn yet it was great
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think this is the best album of the ycentury and i want to see evryone own a copy of this album listen to it and love it from the git go
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
This is the best cd from the best band ever, if you like the harcore metal sounds then you should really get this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is just AMAZING -- it's all I've listened to since its release! And the more I listen to it, the more I'm totally absorbed. It's anger and adrenaline and hate...all rolled into one. I know that "Did My Time" is the big single, but I'm telling you...."Right Now" and "Alive" will simply knock you on your butt! Worth every penny....go buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
what a cd, this blows every other korn cd out of the water. amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow this is the coolest album i have heard from korn yet...its so great everyone needs a copy
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best Metal/Rock CD of 2003. If you like Slipknot, Adema, or Staind, you'll absolutely love this album. After hearing this album, you'll be running to your local CD store to buy Korn's other 5 CDs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best cd's out!! Everyone needs to check it out you will not be disappointed!!
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
This cd is very very very good. tis defently the best KoRn cd!! Buy Buy Buy