Album Review: Korn (MTV Unplugged)

MTV’s Unplugged series is back and is setting us back in the days of the mid-90s. When TRL was home to once Carson Daly and Say What Karaoke wasn’t a thing of the past.

Korn advances into the dimmed limelight and surround themselves with nothing more of enough electricity to power the speakers that will soon unleash a softer side of the band.

Those who might be too young or have never heard of this show, allow me to re-introduce it to you.

Unplugged is a music concert series where musical artists perform an acoustic set. This provides a deeper sense of emotion and meaning towards the songs and band because of the environment of dim lighting, colorful arrays of decoration and the disappearance loud rock.

Some of the artists who have become more iconic in the eyes of their audience are Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alicia Keys, just to name a few.

Any how Korn has decided that it is once again time to resurface and show the world why they ruled the rock scene in their time.

Unplugged, Korn’s selection of songs are composed of hit singles and songs that have played a role in helping the youth of America escape from the harsh realities of their life.

The forerunner of Korn, Jonathan Davis, has been very personal and public with his life’s experiences of being raped by his father figure to his abuse with drugs at an early age.

During the set, Davis mentions how when he was younger and underwent all his horrors, the band that helped him make it through the struggle was The Cure.

In tribute, Korn invited them to play on “Make Me Bad/ In Between Days”.

On this track, the two singers shed their layers of fame and fortune and their hearts that were once on their sleeves is now on display for public viewing. As each singer finishes the lyrics, the silence that lingers solidifies the intensity and passion that has just been unleashed by the two men.

As the connection between the listeners has been established, it continues to carry over to on the track, “Freak on a Leash” with the vocals of Amy Lee of Evanesance lending a hand. Her voice adds a creepy bravado to the chores and transforms this once metal-eque song into a beautiful opera-like story. The wrath and fury that was once showcased in the original has become hidden and leaving us with a calm and safe piece of work and calming the freak.

This tone down version of Korn’s music gives audiences a better sense of understanding of how deepening and special each song has on the band. The slowness of the album makes actually pay attention to detail and make you enjoy the resurrection of Korn.


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