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Take a Look in the Mirror

| Last album = Untouchables
(2002) | This album = Take a Look in the Mirror
(2003) | Next album = Greatest Hits Vol.1
(2004)
}} Take a Look in the Mirror is the sixth album by the band Korn. Within its songs, "Did My Time" was previously released as a CD single for the movie Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, and "Right Now" was accompanied by a provocative cartoon video animated by Spike and Mike.

Take a Look in the Mirror marks Korn's attempt to return to a more aggressive sound as featured on their earlier albums, with guitarists Brian "Head" Welch and James "Munky" Shaffer barely using any guitar effects pedals on the album, which broke their habits of using more pedals with every album. The band has admitted in interviews to writing this album at somewhat of a rushed pace, due to the sales of Untouchables not reaching the heights they were expected, and having to write with the time restraint of being on that summer's Ozzfest tour.

The album features a reworking and re-recording of the track "Alive", the first song the band wrote, which got Davis into the band. The song appeared only on the band's first demo, Neidermeyer's Mind, up until this point. Also of note is the song "Play Me", which features rapper Nas, making Take a Look in the Mirror the first Korn album since Follow the Leader to feature such a collaboration.

The album is followed by a long silence before a live cover of Metallica's "One" kicks in. The album was also released in a "clean" version which utilized backmasking as well as growling in place of profanity.

The album peaked at #9, due to the release date of the album being pushed up to a Friday, with less sales than if it was released on the standard Tuesday.

Track listing

  1. "Right Now" – 3:10
  2. "Break Some Off" – 2:35
  3. "Counting on Me" – 4:49
  4. "Here It Comes Again" – 3:33
  5. "Deep Inside" – 2:46
  6. "Did My Time" – 4:04
  7. "Everything I've Known" – 3:34
  8. "Play Me" (featuring Nas) – 3:21
  9. "Alive" – 4:30
  10. "Let's Do This Now" – 3:18
  11. "I'm Done" – 3:23
  12. "Y'All Want a Single" – 3:17
  13. "When Will This End" – 14:24
  14. When Will This End ends at 3:39. At 9:52 a live cover of Metallica's "One" (performed on MTV Icon: Metallica) begins.

The exact breakdown of the song When Will This End is as follows:

When Will This End - 0:00 - 3:39 | Silence - 3:40 - 9:51 | One (Live) - 9:52 - 14:24

Trivia

  • In the booklet that comes with the album all of the band members (excluding Jonathan) used different names. Munky is listed as "James the Gorilla", Head is listed as "Sir Headly", David Silveria is listed as "Wally Balljacker", and Fieldy is listed as "Dog".
  • Munky's mother died while he was recording the album. He mentions it in the credits.
  • The first 13 people that Fieldy (Dog) thanks are different names for himself.

Personnel

Charts

Album - Billboard (North America)
Year Chart Position
2003 Top Internet Albums 9
2003 The Billboard 200 9

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2003 "Did My Time" Canadian Singles Chart 9
2003 "Did My Time" Hot 100 Singles 38
2003 "Did My Time" Mainstream Rock Tracks 12
2003 "Did My Time" Modern Rock Tracks 17
2003 "Right Now" Mainstream Rock Tracks 11
2003 "Right Now" Modern Rock Tracks 13
2004 "Y'All Want a Single" Mainstream Rock Tracks 23
2004 "Everything I've Known" Mainstream Rock Tracks 30

Extras

The limited edition version contains a DVD and a scrapbook (same size as a normal CD booklet) of photos from the band's personal collection, including some pictures of them trying to get signed and their first gigs.

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