Sound — 7
This is something extremely different for Korn. It seemed as if they were going to steer back into the less experimental side of things with the release of Take A Look In The Mirror, but this is there most experimental yet. I am a great fan of Issues and Untouchables, the experimental KoRn albums, but this in my opinion, is too much. It's just not Korn anymore, but sounds more like some industrial rock pop band. I suppose the music is very good though, if you enjoy that. However for Korn fans, this may be a little too different.
Lyrics — 6
The lyrics are not good. Full-stop. Sure every Korn song in the past has just been about hate, and the lyrics on Take a Look in the Mirror were repetitive and poor, but in the past Korn have had some very immaginative lyrics. Perhaps a change of subject was needed, but this is poor. For Example, the lyrics in getting off are ridiculous and just seem stupid, and hop-hop lyrics such as 'Subwoofer kickin' in/Porn on the TV screen' are utter rubbish. Johnathon Davis needs songwriting lessons. His voice is very different too, like in 'Love Song' where he sounds like his nose is blocked. The vocals do fit well with the music in most songs though, just that what is being said is normally complete trash.
Overall Impression — 6
I think this album is poor. It's not what a Korn fan would expect and puts them into a completely different genre. I read recently that Johnathon Davis thinks Korn are straight up heavy metal but that's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. This album is far from it. Though it does have it's good moments, it is not the Korn that once made a genre defining record or that allowed it's fans to connect with songs emotionally.