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An Improvement over Untouchables
on November 28, 2003
Every since the album "Issues" was released, I've been waiting for Korn to return to the style they used on their first three albums. "Untouchables" was an improvement over "Issues", but not what I was hoping for. Now we have "Take A Look In The Mirror", an album that seems to incorporate the styles of all the past Korn albums into one album. Jonathan has kept his "Untouchables" style of singing on this album, but I like his old style so much better. He does scream more and with a lot more emotion on this album, which is a welcome return. He also uses the much missed bagpipes on this album.
It sounds like Korn has reused some of their past musical samples on this album, which I think should be a no-no; we don't want to hear stuff we've already heard on the past albums. Make NEW stuff. Please. In the song Break Some Off, I hear obvious reuse of a sample that was used on "Issues"; I can't tell you which song it's from, since the songs from Issues are less than memorable to me. And in the song "When Will This End" I hear a reuse of an old guitar lick all the way back from a song off of their first or second album (again, not sure which song). Did they think we would just forget about the old songs and not notice?... (or did they forget themselves?)
Now for some more good aspects of this album. The bouncy feel in songs like "Y'all Want A Single" is great and was missing on the last few albums. It is a big part of what made Korn who they were, and they shouldn't have strayed from what got them attention in the first place. And the inclusion of Nas in the song "Play Me" is great because guest collaborations have always worked out well on their songs on past albums.
One last disappointment though. I knew that the cover of Metallica's "One" was going to be on this album, but I was disappointed to find that it is a live version, and not made in the studio.