Take a Look in the Mirror, 2003 Album by Korn
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  • I think that Korn found a really way to go at that point of their careers
  • The best of the aggression is displayed already in the first two songs

    • by mcguard85


      I think that this album is really good. I would not say that the whole album is perfect, because it has some minor weird components, from my point of view, but the majority of stuff on this record is really good, and it sounds truly convincing. I think that Korn found a really way to go at that point of their careers. They have evolved a lot, and yet retained their best qualities.

      I like the aggression on this album. The aggressiveness of this music feels very powerful and has lots of force, it is delivered very well. I think that the aggression on this album is somewhat different from the aggression to be found on the previous albums.

      In their early albums, the aggression of Korn

      was unrestrained, top aggression of youth. It was, in a strange way of putting it, aggression against all, purely emotional discharge motivated primarily by the internal emotional states of the artists. Whereas now, on this album, their aggression is more controlled, it is more intellectual, grown-up, mature, with a lot more reason and self-awareness to it.

      The aggression here is motivated not deep inside, but comes from conscious dissatisfaction with some things in the world. And on some level, this force appears even more destructive, because it is a lot more focused. The best of the aggression is displayed already in the first two songs.

      Right Now has the guys be almost on the verge of mental explosion. They are remanding for action right now, there is a ...

      • very strong urging on this record. Break Some Off is a more methodical kind of aggressive song.

        To me it has some elements that remind me of Nine Inch Nails, industrial type of aggression, but the sound is of course typical Korn trash metal. This album has some melodic components as well. The melodic dexterity of the band is evident in such tracks as Counting on Me, Everything I’ve Known.

        Counting on Me has a slow to mid tempo, but it also has lots of heavy guitars of course. But if the chorus of this song was played to a piano tune, it would sound like a slow melodic ballad. I like the song Play Me a lot.

        This is a song that features Nas. Nas is doing

        rather good, confident rapping on this track. And the mood of his delivery fits very well within the dynamics of Korn.

        The end result is a track which is really explosive and full of force. Y’All Want a Single is very dynamic and energizing song. It is rather primitive, but its blast works very well though, and there is a cool melodic transition here as well.

        I think that the band should not have added their cover of One as a hidden track, because it was totally redundant. That track does not fit within the album, from my point of view, and it dilutes the impression of the record overall, from my point of view. At times this record feels just good, but at yet other times it feels really great, it sounds fantastic.

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