A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
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What's the story?
Korn's seventh album, SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE, is also a debut of sorts, as it's the first CD without founding member Brian \"Head\" Welch. The band seems to be making an effort to reassure fans that it's \"business as usual\" without the guitarist, turning in performances that will be comfortable and familiar-sounding to fans, but also breaking some new ground. Production standards seem a bit haphazard, with the bass often getting lost in the mix. But The Matrix production crew manages to pull off some new-sounding material while keeping the integrity of the band's nu-metal sound. James Shaffer, now the only guitarist in the band, keeps the muddy, industrial-strength integrity of the band's sound intact.
Is it any good?
This CD has an interesting audio collage of sound effects and well-played instrumental parts, supporting lyrics designed to shock in every possible way. The throaty-groaned lead vocals are sometimes buried in the mix, but when they pop out front, as in songs like "For No One," the standout concept, aside from the usual sex, drugs, and violence, is one of deep-rooted sexism that is far more harmful than a few nasty words. Women, whether presented as mothers, girlfriends, whores, or pals, are objectified to an extreme degree. Instrumentally, the music is intriguing, inventive, and sometimes even exciting. Aside from a stunning lack of ability to think of females as people, the lyrics are ho-hum.