This C.D. really deserves three or three and a half stars, but I gave it four because there are too many unfair one star reviews. It is, in all honesty, not nearly as bad as people are saying. It’s not great, so it doesn’t deserve five stars; but it really doesn’t deserve one, either. It has it’s high and low lights, which even out into a pretty decent album. Given the hatred that has developed towards Limp Bizkit over the past couple of years, it’s not surprising that this C.D. isn’t getting great reviews. After you filter out all of the completely unfair and bias reviews from people who most likely haven’t even heard the album, you realize that most of the reviews are saying that this album is a step forward from their “Chocolate Starfish” album.
Musically, Limp Bizkit stay in about the same place as their last album, but lyrically, I’m inclined to agree that this is better (i.e. no excessive swearing and fewer childish rhymes). Fred’s subject matter is usually about his own pain, in which he often has to dig up old childhood memories. But I don’t agree that he “beats us over the head with his pain.” His pain on this album is sort of like P.O.D. and their Christianity. I don’t think you have to feel Fred’s pain to enjoy this C.D., just like you don’t have to be a Christian to enjoy P.O.D.’s music.
“Eat You Alive” begins with an almost face melting guitar riff, which, at first only can be heard in one headphone. Five seconds later, the other instruments come along and back the riff, making it louder and audible in both headphones. On this song, the guitar seems so fast that the other instruments are almost playing catch up with it. Meanwhile, Fred yells away about the insanity of being in love with someone you can’t ever have. I, personally, know what that’s like, so I can relate to lyrics like “I just wanna look at you… all day…”
“Gimme the Mic” is vintage Limp. Hard and catchy riffs coupled with a hook-heavy rap-metal beat.
“Underneath the Gun” is the first semi-ballad of the album. Slow and melodic with a guitar solo (you heard me!) near the end. Fred’s voice isn’t great, but it’s tolerable and it goes well with this song’s music.
“Almost Over” is a hit-or-miss. Some people will hate the self-absorbed lyrics, but many will relate to those lyrics. I like how this song’s verses are gentle, and the song builds to hard rock.
“Red Light, Green Light” is another hit or miss. Tupac fans will hate Fred’s rapping, but I don’t think this song is bad, either. Good beat and a good cameo by Snoop Dogg, but mediocre lyrics by Fred.
“Head for the Barricade” could have easily been one of the album’s singles. A mosh-worthy and headbanging-worthy chant at the beginning and a bobbing beat during the chorus. Very catchy.
“Behind Blue Eyes” is yet another hit or miss song. Most say it’s a terrible cover, but, coming from someone who’s heard the original version as well as this version of the song, I can say it isn’t half bad. It actually isn’t that far removed from the original. Melodic, clear singing and gentle background music. The only discernable difference I can find between this and the original is this song’s bridge where Fred sings “Discover…L-I-M-P”.
Now, since the usual Bizkit bases are covered here (rap metal, beat-heavy tracks, straight foward rap and a few ballads), this album won’t make you like the band if you never liked them before. If you like Limp Bizkit, buy this C.D. If you’re so-so on them or never liked them, this won’t change your mind.