This is a review for anyone who can relate. I am warning those of you who are casual fans looking for a Limp Bizkit rebirth – beware. You may be disappointed.
Let me just say, first off, that I once was a casual Limp Bizkit fan, and still get a moderate kick out of their old stuff (mainly Significant Other and Chocolate Starfish). I kind of got into them when they were in their creative high in their 3rd album, and although I did not enjoy hearing all the swearing (it gets old people, admit it) I did enjoy the creative fun and energy that created a solid foundation in their success. That was the reason I bought their other cds – the music was light hearted enough, not dealing with evil, religion-bashing lyrics or drug use or excessive violent content. It just sounded like a guy who liked to have fun pouring out all the energy he could while a good mixture of rap beats propelled cool guitar licks. It was rather enjoyable, though kind of laughable. I could see why many dispised Limp’s music; I could also see how others could find the fun and energy in it.
Couple of years after I started listening, then I hear Wes Borland, the guitarist, had left the band because of creative conflict or something to that effect. And Limp went on to get a new guitarist. Their then new album, Results May Vary, hit shelves in 2003. Having been a casual fan, I picked it up. My first reaction was that this was the fall of Limp Bizkit. Repeated listens, and I realized the mild laughability of the old Bizkit was now tenfold increased, nearing the sold-out stupidity of Britney Spears or the likes. Moderately entertaining music, but horribly bad lyrics. I figured that I would be listening to Kid Rock’s new one and Sevendust and have to knock Limp Bizkit off the 1990’s hybrid rock bands that made it in the long run.
Now, a few days ago I saw that “The Unquestionable Truth – Part 1″ was coming out May 3, and supposedly they somehow got their old guitarist back. After the horrors of Results May Vary, many probably can relate to my thoughts being “they bought Borland back solely to make one last run at fame.” However, being optimistic enough to hope they had finally found the direction their fans and them were looking for, I went out today, May 3rd, to get it.
For all you who can relate to what I just wrote, and understand and appreciate the views I have on the band’s past, I must say I warn that you, too, may feel disapointment after hearing Limp’s new album. Gone is their fun, energetic, rockers who have made a name and found their fame party metal approach that permeated their Starfish record. Gone is the creative mesh of different sounds that made their second album stand out. Gone is the raw energy of the three pretty good songs on the first album (those being Pollution, Counterfeit, and Clunk). Now, what we have is a band who recognized Starfish was their pinacle, and Results May Vary was their downfall. Now, they seem to want to make a mad dash for fame again by darkening their tone and copying someone else’s vocal style (if you haven’t heard, the main singer sounds like he is impersonating the Rage Against the Machine vocalist). It seems they wanted not to sing about their rocker lifestyle anymore and about “the good times” but instead take a wannabe “intelectual” approach. I don’t really know exactly what the main singer is trying to get across in each song, and maybe if I was told I would enjoy it better. However, to me it sounds like an extremely pessimistic, waste-away attitude here and I don’t like it. I want to be uplifted with high on life vocals and chugging riffs of raw energy. The only things that this album got close to decent was chugging riffs. Even those fell short.
Maybe Wes is a star, and Fred is bringing Limp down with his bizarre ways. I don’t know, but I’m not sure I want to waste the time finding out. Like in the song in Results May Vary goes, it looks like the future for Limp is “Almost Over.”
PS – there are only 7 songs on the full-priced cd.
Hope this helps you decide if you want to buy it or not. Thanks for lending an ear (er, eye) and vote if this was helpful.