Issues are one thing Korn singer Jonathan Davis has in spades. On the quintet's fourth album, Davis spews forth about misery, hate, happiness, pain, paranoia, and other primal issues, all set to an appropriately dark soundtrack. From "Dead" (which begins with Davis's trademark bagpipes in a sort of choral musical setting), to the first single, "Falling Away from Me," the vocalist's quavery, edgy, manic delivery sets the tone for this 16-song outing. Not as modern sounding or melodic as 1998's Follow the Leader
is a throwback to earlier, more metallic Korn. If possible, Issues
has an even creepier vibe than its three predecessors, thanks partially to eerie guitar lines and vocal effects, especially potent on "Let's Get This Party Started." Twisted, cohesive, and epic, Issues
comes through for Korn's fans, who relate to the band's cathartic musical exorcisms and aggro, bottom-heavy rage, commercialism be damned. (Please note: You may receive any one of the album's four different covers.) --Katherine Turman
Limited import edition of the smash California alternative rock/ metal outfit's 1999 & fourth album with a five track bonus CD featuring 'A.D.I.D.A.S.' (Radio Mix), 'Good God' ( Dub Pistols Mix), 'Got The Life' (Josh Abraham Mix), 'Twist/ Chi' (Live) and the previously unreleased 'Jingle Balls'. A combined total of 21 tracks. Slimline jewelcase.