It’s good to know that there is still a little bit of talent left to hold onto from the shattered remains of their most recent, disappointing album; “Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water”. I still consider Significant Other to be the best of the band’s three albums and to be a contemporary classic in the world of rapcore, no matter how many fans accuse this album of being the results of “sellouts” and that it sucked compared to 3 Dollar Bill Y’all$. If you compare this album to the first CD, which is 3DBY$, the music here is much more organized and thought-through. Fortunately this CD also has the gift of variety, so we’re not stuck hearing the same chords over and over. Both hard rock and rap make this album what it is.Both the “Intro” and “Outro”, though short and pretty much meaningless, provide some good bass for fans who really crave that in their music. As far as hard rock is concerned, “Nookie”, “Don’t Go Off Wandering”, and “Nobody Like You” will do more than satisfy the fans tastes. The guitars and instrumental talent/effort put forth in all three pay off well. If you’re into metal or even harder rock, this album has that as well. “I’m Broke”, “Trust?”, and the single “Break Stuff” are energetic, and while most likely not satisfying to the tastes of Pantera or Slayer fans, still give a good run for a hard rock fans money. As for “9 Teen 90 Nine”, that rides the fence between rock and rap, and does a good job of it.For anyone craving quick beats and rap lyrics, “N 2 Gether Now” with Method Man is a nice addition, and “Just Like This” has some obvious rap influence. With all of the above said, some people may think that Limp Bizkit has no artistic or melodic side. Not true. The guitars are perfectly tuned, and the slower-paced and more melody-based songs such as “No Sex”, “Re-Arranged”, and “A Lesson Learned” are truly impressive. The last actual song on the album; “Show Me What You Got”, makes a good pseudo-ending track, and should have been a single itself.Overall, this album has just about everything in the rapcore world covered, all the way down to the cover art on the CD case. Not to mention the guest appearances of Jonathan Davis from KoRn, Scott Weiland from the Stone Temple Pilots, Aaron Lewis of Staind, Method Man, Matt Pinfield, Les Claypool, and even Fred Durst’s mother just before N 2 Gether Now. If you like rapcore, this is a must-have, and although it’s a good album, it’s not going to be one of those that will live on forever, which is the reason for it’s lacking of 5 stars.
Florida-bred metal-rappers Limp Bizkit sold a million-plus records of their debut largely on the strength of a George Michael cover song. But the band indeed had ”Faith” and the group’s second outing proves that the Bizkit have the goods. Still, it seems as if boastful frontman Fred Durst is loading the band’s deck again, this time by including scads of guest vocalists, such as Stone Temple Pilots’ singer Scott Weiland, Method Man from Wu-Tang Clan, and Korn’s Jonathan Davis. (In fact, Korn gave Limp Bizkit a leg up in the industry.) But the 16 diverse yet cohesive tracks on Significant Other don’t need any help. Not as heavy as their mentors Korn–or as they are on their debut–Bizkit give Everlast a run for his money on the tuneful and appealing ”Rearranged.” ”Just Like This” is another winning hip-hop and rock entry, while the amusing and memorable ”Nookie” (as in ”I did it all for the nookie”) has self-deprecating lyrics not unlike the Offspring’s ”Self-Esteem.” Bizkit segues with ease from pleasing rock and hip-hop amalgam to spooky Tool territory on ”Don’t Go Off Wandering” to moshable moments in the entreaty ”Show Me What You Got.” Significant Other may be hard to categorize, but it’s easy to like. –Katherine Turman
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Limp Bizkit is the perfect example of everything wrong with the American heavy music scene. The lyrics are unbelievably cliched, the music is poorly executed, and there is almost no real melody. I’m sorry if that hurts,but it’s the truth. This “band” is quite awful. All of the songs are verse-chorus-verse, with no progression. The same chords are used repeatedly, with the same pattern. This is why Norway and Sweden have much better scenes. Those countries don’t bow to trends, they create them, perfect them, and then surpass them. Don’t waste your money on Limp Bizkit, buy some Iced Earth or Shadows Fall, both bands who do the American scene proud. We’ll beat those Scandinavians yet!
This band has no talent whatsoever. The lyrics are stupid. The music is weak. Fred Durst could not rap to save his life. The only redeeming quality about this album is that it is not Tommy Lee’s “Method of Mayhem.” (One of the few albums worse that this). The only reason Limp Bizkit sells albums is because they are TRENDY. To everyone who thinks that Limp Bizkit is “da bomb”(lol): Stop acting like a bunch of sheep. Listen up kiddies, I have a piece of advice: If you see that a band is appearing regularly on the TRL countdown, do not buy their album. No matter how “fresh”, “phat”, or “dope” Carson tells you it is. DO NOT BUY. These are words to live by.
Limp Bizkit is a joke. Although I am mostly into underground metal, I will admit there are a few decent rap-metal bands out there. Rage Against the Machine are my fave and a very small handful of others have made decent rap-metal. Not Limp Bizkit. Some hate this album just because it’s rap-metal, but I hate it just for its absolute lack of songwriting depth. The music really isn’t true metal, rather it is simply a mix of pop and rap with moderately heavy guitars added on top. The riffs are simple and uninteresting after just a couple of listens. The song structures are dull and typical of pop. The lyrics are dumb and Fred Durst has to be the most annoying and obnoxious vocalist I have ever heard. (Well, Johnny Rotten may have been more so, but in a good way. Hail the Sex Pistols!) Yes the album is listenable at first but like most pop music its lack of depth completely kills its lasting value. As much as this band rants about pop bands like the Backstreet Boys, they are just as pop and just as depthless. The ending rant is unbelievably ironic considering this band will likely last about as long as the Backstreet Boys, if that long. Rearranged is really the only worthwhile song here and I wouldn’t waste my money on this quasi-metal pop [junk]. Limp Bizkit lovers surely think I’m a total idiot and will continue to worship the band thinking they’re the greatest thing in the world, but most of them will eventually agree with me even if they don’t see that possibility now. Rate it five stars, but in a few years it will be thrown into the corner with your Vanilla Ice and Menudo CD’s. And don’t say I didn’t tell you so…
This is just my opinion, and I must be honest as my conscience dictates…if you’re reading this I hope you’re mature enough to respect that. Ok, forget the comparisons to earlier albums, the debate on combining genres like rap and metal, or how “hot” the band members are…and let’s evaluate what we’re all here for…the MUSIC.People, dress it up however you want with scratching, great production values, studio effects and trickery and tons of guest appearances…two chords and superficial music can’t be disguised. And that’s exactly what this is. Downtune the guitars and write threatening, bad-boy lyrics…it does wonders for your image but can’t save the music. The music on this album is elementary, basic and lacking substance. You have 2-3 chords in each song and endless variations of the same song structure or musical (?) idea and rhythm over and over. The songs are, for the most part, tuneless and lacking song structure beyond the now hugely-popular “breakdown soft verse followed by a wall-of-noise chorus”. No key changes, no meaningful progressions, no emotion or expressions (beyond rage and testosterone) or significant technical ability. I just don’t hear it. And I hate to say this…but Fred Durst cannot rap. I won’t go into his singing — it’s immensely lacking but that’s accepted nowadays as long as you can whisper and then scream — but Fred’s rapping is inane and for the most part shows his lack of experience, wit or depth. Method Man completely blasts Fred off the map. It’s a noble idea to want to combine genres — we need more of that type of experimentation — but you’d better make sure you excel – or are at least PROFICIENT – in all the genres you try your hand at. The only salvageable thing about this band is the rhythm section…the bassist has good melodic ideas and holds down a pulsing meter…and John Otto, while not a genius, puts out a strong groove, displays a knack for tasty fills and good syncopations, and carries this band at times.Why two stars? Well, some of the songs do groove…and are an adequate channel for expressing rage, frustration or angst. The problem is the WHOLE album is like this…and it sounds contrived and pretentious. ANd when it’s not that, it’s testosterone-drenched lyrical drivel about sexual exploits or wanting to hurt someone, or how the band is “da bomb”…all immature, superficial, and worse…unoriginal. It’s been done before.Kudos, at least, for getting some grooves right…and daring to experiment with songs like “Rearranged” and “Don’t Go Off Wandering”. I do like some funk/rap/metal…when it’s done right (I’ve been a fan since the Faith No More days, for all you kiddies). I also am into hardcore (Earth Crisis, No Innocent Victim, Vision of Disorder, Madball, etc.). I’m pretty open-minded on genres and styles….but unfortunately, Limp Bizkit’s “Significant Other” doesn’t deliver on either.