KORN "See You On The Other Side" /CD/



The seventh full-length album by the legendary American Nu Metal band.
This album is best known for the involvement of renowned production team 'The Matrix', best known for coproduction on works by Avril Lavigne, Britney Spears, and Shakira, who managed to give Korn's sound more mainstream acceptability.
Korn first talked reinvention with 2003's "Take A Look In The Mirror". Self-produced, it was a muscular, effectively brief record that nodded in some intriguing new directions. After that they talked celebration - 2004's greatest-hits Set looked back on a decade of influence and intensity. And yet, it's 2005's "See You On The Other Side" that's Korn's real reinvention celebration. It's their first album as a quartet after getting left behind by born-again guitarist Brian "Head" Welch. It's also their first venture for new label Virgin.
But really "See You On The Other Side" is Korn's acknowledgement that their life isn't all that bad, and it's time to party. It's a heavy record that swings, an album that takes Korn's Rap-Metal template toward the red-light swagger of the Dirty South's Rap revolution. Is it really surprising that Lil Jon plays Jonathan Davis in the video for "Twisted Transistor"? That song's one of eight on "See You On The Other Side" produced and co-written by the Matrix, and it shows. It's Korn all the way, cocky and Funky. But its slick too, concerned more with the shock value of Groove than trying to be some poor kid's slap bass confidant, his surrogate therapy session. And it works. It's cool to hear the Matrix getting down with Korn; they keep each other honest, balancing the sheen with the sleaze. Davis, Munky, Fieldy, and David Silveria still bring it, but in a way that's aware of the manufacturing. And that's key, since after ten-plus years, their act was getting a little tired. Why not embrace the cash, embrace the slinkier side of Fieldy's vertical rhythms? The target of "Politics" is obvious, and "Hypocrites" rails against organized religion. But beneath the polemic is the Korn sound stripped, made truly economized and catchy. Diehards are going to gnash their teeth, and clog the message boards with dismissive comments. But isn't it about time for them to move on, too? "See You On The Other Side" is a little too processed at times - "Love Song" says "Motherf*cker!" just to know it's alive. But then there's "Open Up", running a NIN influence through weird processing, and "Getting Off", which wavers and lurches like Korn chopped and screwed.
If Rap-Metal were ever meant to evolve, "See You On The Other Side" is the record that does it!
"See You On The Other Side" sold more than 220,000 copies in its first week, debuting and peaking at number three on the Billboard 200. The album managed to stay in the top half of the chart for thirty-four consecutive weeks. It has accumulated 1,451,458 copies sold in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album was first certified Gold in the US on January 12, 2006; a subsequent Platinum record certification was awarded on March 16, 2006. It was ranked second in Ultimate Guitar Archive's Top 10 albums of 2005 poll.
Virgin Records/EMI Records, 1999 (09463 47127 2 9).


Tracklist:
1. Twisted Transistor 4:12
2. Politics 3:16
3. Hypocrites 3:49
4. Souvenir 3:49
5. 10 Or A 2-Way 4:41
6. Throw Me Away 4:41
7. Love Song 4:18
8. Open Up 6:15
9. Coming Undone 3:19
10. Getting Off 3:25
11. Liar 4:14
12. For No One 3:37
13. Seen It All 6:19
14. Tearjerker 5:05
Total playing time: 61:00


Samples: http://www.last.fm

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