There have been several weeks on here where we missed out on giving you an album of the week. So to make all of that up to you guys, we are going to be giving you two for the price of one and we are starting that this week. For the first album of the week, I was inspired by a recent live show that I attended that featured Nu-Metal giants KoЯn. So, I have decided that for album one, I am going to review KoЯn’s fourth album Issues. Issues is an interesting album because it’s a much darker album than what we were used to from the band that once again featured Jonathan Davis (Vocals), Brian “Head” Welch (Guitar), James “Munky” Shaffer (Guitar), Fieldy (Bass), and David Silveria (Drums). The album was also the first to be produced by Brendan O’Brien (Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam) and it was the second album overall from the band to peak at number one on The Billboard Top 200 charts as it has sold over 13 million worldwide to date. The album also went number one in Australia and number two in Canada and New Zealand.The other interesting thing about the album is that the band let the fans design the album cover for it. The album cover that won was designed by Alfredo Carlos, but the other three versions were made available.
1. Dead– A intro track featuring the bagpipes and a simple drum beat. 4/5
2. Falling Away From Me– A very dark and melodic track from Korn that addresses the topic of domestic abuse. Jonathan Davis has said, “The song is about domestic abuse and that there are ways to get help whether it’s telling someone or calling a help line, there are ways to get out of those situations. No one has to be treated like that.” 5/5
3. Trash– The track starts off heavy before it calms down with an eerie riff before the band explodes into an all out sonic assault for the chorus. The lyrics talk about a person who is in a relationship that he doesn’t value because he treats the partner like trash. 5/5
4. 4 U– Another intro track that leads into the next. 4/5
5. Beg for Me-A cadence like drum riff opens the track before Fieldy’s bass playing followed by an explosion of sound that totally engulfs space. The track is Jonathan’s song for the crowd. 5/5
6. Make Me Bad– One of my favorite tracks on the album that deals with Jonathan being sick and tired of alcohol and drug abuse.
7. It’s Gonna Go Away– Another track that is an intro or segway to the next track on the album.
8. Wake Up– An all out blitz right from the start that has Jon screaming “Wake The F**k Up” in the beginning. A track that reminds me of something that would have been on the first two albums. The track is commentary on internal issues within the band. 4.5/5
9. Am I Going Crazy– Another intro or segway track 4/5
10. Hey Daddy-A kind of funky track during the track before the choruses which is an all out sonic assault on your hearing. Lyrically a very dark track from Jonathan. 4/5
11. Somebody Someone– Another of my favorites from the album that has a killer chorus section that is just heavy and reminds me of a later track they would record called Right Now. 5/5
12. No Way– A very heavy and melodic track at times that deals with feelings of bitterness towards maybe how your life has turned out. 4.5/5
13. Let’s Get This Party Started– A very dark track whose riff is very eerie and makes me think that it could be in a horror movie. A cool bass riff from Fieldy drives the track forward. It could be interpreted as someone trying to get over their issues, but they want to do it on their own terms. 4/5
14. Wish You Could Be Me– Another intro track on the record that has more of a hip hop feel to it. 4/5
15. Counting– A cool bass riff from Fieldy starts off the track before the guitars come win with their groove laced chugging riffs. 4/5
16. Dirty– A very toned down track for the most part until the chorus comes and then it’s lead by Jonathan’s amazing vocals. 4/5
My Final Thoughts– Calling it a dark record is kind of a ridiculous set of words to use, but it was true considering the vibe from the previous record to this one. It’s definitely a heavy record compared to the others and definitely a top 5 album. I remember the day I picked this up from my local record store. I had to walk three or four miles just to get it, but I did and I never regretted it. I am giving the record 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.