Sound — 10
After Head's departure from Korn, the band chose to experiment with other genres for their upcoming album. They promised something completely new. They switched record label and joined EMI. Right from the beginning of the opening track, I noticed the sound was different. It was much cleaner and clearer than the other Korn albums and it sounded much different than the old KoRn songs. Some Korn fans were dissapointed with this album because it wasn't as heavy as the older stuff but think about it for a minute. After a decade of the heavy, dark sound we're used to hearing from KoRn, isn't it about time that they changed it a little? At first, it was a strange listen but the more you listen to it, the more it grows on you. It's not as heavy as the other records but the sound quality beats the old albums' in about every way. Also, there are short interludes in some songs that feature bagpipes, which reminds me of the opening of Shoots and Ladders. Also, the album's closing track, "Tearjerker," demonstrates Jonathan's softer side and is a very well composed song. It truly shows that Davis can sing with passion and energy.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics retain most of the dark and twisted themes from sex to violence. While it definitively isn't as dark, it feels like Jonathan took a lot of time writing songs like "Tearjerker" or "Throw Me Away." While the swearing sometimes feels useless in some songs, for example "Love Song," it isn't overdone to a point where it is just constant F words. Fans will be dissapointed to hear that Jonathan's famous growling is for the most part, absent in this album. The only songs in which he does growl is "Liar" and an interlude. This is sort of a disadvantage since the growling is always so full of energy and makes the crowds go crazy at shows. Also, some songs retain the quirky sexual themes, such as "Getting Off" (the title is very self-explanatory) with a chorus like "I'm getting off, I'm getting off to you!" The lyrics in this album demonstrate the wide range of Jonathan's writing skills.
Overall Impression — 10
While some will disagree and say that this album demonstrates how Korn has declined as they got older, these people need to learn that when it's been a decade that the artist has been making the same type of music, change is necesary in order to keep the fans and, at the same time, bring new ones in the music. Although the lyrics are a little dissapointing and the new sound might shock you, it definitively is a huge step above other experimental albums, Overall, this is a great album and while it isn't for everyone, it's a definite purchase for Korn fans and music lovers alike. Pick it up now and see why Twisted Transistor will be stuck in your head for weeks!