Sound — 8
Most people thought the days of Korn were numbered but here they are with another record, "Take A Look In The Mirror." The guitars on this album sound a lot more grungy, they have a really dirty sound to them, complemented by Fieldy's classic slap bass. It sounds more like their earlier stuff. Aside from that the music hasn't evolved all that much from the last album. So if you've been pleased with Korn's last album, or past albums you will probably enjoy "Take A Look In The Mirror." Even though Korn plays in a drop-D tuning on a seven string guitar, their music is more riff oriented than just straight power chords which has plagued the rock scene today. With a grungy sound, and low tuned guitars, Korn fans old and new, will probably enjoy this record.
Lyrics — 8
Nu-metal. That's all you have to say to sum up the feelings of the lyrics on this album. They deal with anger, and hurt in an agressive manner. If you've been a Korn fan for a while you will know what to expect to come out of Jon Davis' mouth. And as always the lyrics fit perfectly with the music. Considering Jon Davis sings about the same things all the time, he actually does have some versatility in his voice. He can growl and yell like no other, but can hit the high pitched notes as well. He is defintely one of the better nu-metal vocalists on the scene today. I also question what the hell rapper Nas is doing on the album. The song sucks. What the hell is up with that?
Overall Impression — 8
Comparing "Take A Look In The Mirror" to past Korn albums, it is extremely tough to pick a best album from their arsenal. It has a more grungy sound like their first two albums, so it is more comparable to the self-titled, and "Life Is Peachy" albums. Personal favourites are, "Did My Time, "Break Some Off," and, the cover of Metallica's "One," which is a hidden song on the last track. I like the fact that Korn has kind of gone back to their old guitar sound on this album. For all Korn fans past and present, buy this album.