Reviews of Albums I Downloaded Six Years Ago and Haven't Listened To Until Now - Part I: Korn - Follow The Leader

Before we get started, a bit of background is probably in order. By the time I'm done, I'll probably sound like an old man, too. But hey, content!

I've had discs of mp3's I burned off during my free-bandwidth college days in an effort to leave my tiny 8-GB hard drive with enough room to download more mp3s. The main drawback of my activities however, was that I wouldn't get a chance to fully enjoy the music before my drive would be full again. I had albums of music I knew I wanted to have, but they ended up in the archive far too quickly.

Of course, in 2001, whether I realised it or not, my musical tastes would evolve quite radically. Thanks, public music school.

At any rate, with my car equipped with an mp3 disc player, I decided to toss in one of the old archived discs in a desperate move to grab roadtrip music.


First to get reviewed: Korn's 1998 breakthrough album Follow The Leader

I have fond memories of Korn. They were the freaky band that modern rock radio would only play after midnight. There was just something about the taboo of Blind and Shoots and Ladders and some dude playing bagpipes in the background. Amazing.

This album had a different approach, though. Evidently, their label decided this one should hit #1. With that decision, much of the hardcore elements of Their self-titled release and Life is Peachy were stripped away.

One track in particular, Got the Life makes heavy use of a disco beat. Really? It's 1998. Disco's dead, ain't it?

And the hardcore gibberish Jonathan Davis made famous in his previous work seems less like a man on having a psychotic episode and more like a 5-year-old with a tape recorder and a week with no TV privileges.

There are still moments of quality nu-metal goodness, though. Take the contrast between calm and manic in Dead Bodies Everywhere. That's something that's missing in a lot of copycat acts.

The lyrical content mainly focuses on rage and inner turmoil, pretty standard fare for such an album, but there's one track that stands out as one that probably shouldn't have shown up on this disc.

All In The Family

This one's a collaboration with Fred Durst. That's probably enough to make anybody go, WTF?

Evidently, Durst needed to ride someone's coattails to make Limp Bizkit a household name, and Korn was just the band to help him out. He'll get what's coming to him in a later review, but wow! His "rhymes" are so poorly conceived, it's a wonder he didn't turn to somebody else to write his material.

I remember being elated that Korn had come out with a new album that could get radio play before midnight, but after a few years, I can't cay my elation was justified.

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