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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2003
From what I've seen of Fred Durst in interviews recently he strikes me as an intelligent man, and i'm sure, although he'd probably never admit it, he realises this album is the one that will decide the future of Limp Bizkit. Its no secret that Fred and his men have been a target of hatred recently and need to do something special to shake off the insults. Plus they have a new guitarist in the form of former Snot axeman Mike Smith who needs to prove himself worthy of following Wes Borland.
For me, putting it simply, this album is the best they have ever done, and one of the best albums of the year, and Mike proves himself equal to, if not better than Wes.
With Limp Bizkit's back catalogue, you have the raw hatred mixed with chilled emotion of '$3 Bill, Y'all', the radio friendly rap metal anthems of 'Significant Other' and the mix of heavy and slow of 'Chocolate Starfish...'. 'Results May Vary' sees them displaying a new found emotional maturity in their music (most likely related to Fred's relationship with Britney Spears and the unwarranted hatred from audiences and press alike), while still displaying the fun loving, tongue in cheek nature of their past (such as the lyric 'I'd love to sniff on them panties'). They do seem to be a happier band, however. If you listen to the first album it is mostly about hatred towards unfaithful, money chasing girls (see 'Stuck' as a good example), but this record seems more laid back and less angry in general.
Meatier songs like 'Head For The Barricade', 'Phenomenon' (which samples the LL Cool J classic of the same name) and the blistering opener 'Eat You Alive' will keep the casual listeners happy with the usual crunching riffs and angry lyrics ('...Barricade's' chorus and breakdown wouldn't be out of place on a Biohazard album). However, its the slower songs that are the most satisfying for me. 'Lonely World' and 'Build A Bridge' use a similar format to the excellent slow songs from 'Chocolate Starfish...' ('The One', 'Hold On' etc.) and give out a relaxed yet emotional sound, not dissimilar to Tool.
They have also included one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard in the form of 'Behind Blue Eyes', a cover of The Who's classic, its truly a song to take you to another place and hearing it live brought a tear to my eye. It is a fitting end to an excellent record, one that should keep die hard fans in love, but the vote is not in on whether casual fans will enjoy the lack of 'Rollin's and 'Break Stuff's. Hopefully they will embrace the maturity and intelligence of this excellent album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2004
It's been nearly three years since Fred and company chanted Rollin' Rollin' on our stereos, and with a new guitarist to replace Wes Borland, the appropriatley titled Results May Vary is now available.
Before the release of this album, i was in fear that Limp Bizkit were just going to die out due to Borland's departure, but even with Durst's ego problem, and new member Mike Smith not having the same calibre of Borland, its hard not to appreciate the effort being displayed here.
Boasting a more maturer noise, Results May Vary at 17 tracks shows something old and something new. Eat You Alive, Head For The Barricade and Phenomenon sounds like they could be taken out out of the Chocolate Starfish album, a more enjoyable intro to boot and some ballads are showcased like The Who's Behind Blue Eyes and Build A Bridge.
This is highly recommended, although the album is rather long, it has a style that can be enjoyed, its just a shame that most people are going to discard it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2003
Well, the title isn't Results May Vary for no reason. Like a prescription drug, the effects may be different for everyone who listens to this album. This is because it isn't typical limp bizkit with every other word as a swear word, and most songs being rap rock. Yes, the song has heavy tracks, but there is a much more mellow and mature song that the bizkit has brought out with this album, such as "Behind Blue Eyes" (cover of The Who classic), "Lonely World", and "Drown". All great tracks that will surprise the limpbizkit fan and hater alike. This album is well worth a purchase as it is pretty diverse, the instrumental value is brilliant, and Dursts lyrics have improved a lot since the last three albums.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2003
I think that this album is one of their best. This has a good mix of mellow and hard songs, much like significant other. When i heard their newest song, Eat you alive, i thought that this album would be the same as the last two, bit its actually quite different. I think that this can be liked by anyone, it has the mellow tunes, such as 'lonely world' and 'behind blue eyes', but it also has the hard rock songs sucH as 'Eat you alive' and 'head for the barricades'. Plus i would just like to say that i really like the song with Snoop Dogg which alot of people have complained about. I think that this song shows how big Limp Bizkit are, i mean, what other rock group can get a hip-hop artist onto one of their album tracks? Except for Aerosmith of cause. I just think that it shows how diverse and widely appreciated their music is.
All in all a great album!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2003
So here it is, after all the storylines and media hype fred durst and his band have actually come out with a new album. Fred promised his fans that this was gonna be the best record that the bizkit vrew have put out in a long time, and that it wasnt going to be like their usual offeringgs. The albums title is the best way to describe this album because the results will definately vary for different listeners. This record is a journey into dursts head, into his troubled, multi millionaire, 21st century rocksatr life. It opens with the lead ofdf single "eat you alive", which will definately satisfy those fans of albums like three dollar bill Y'all and the rest of the nu metal market. Tracks like gimme the mic are standard bizkit stuff, heavy and pulsating with lots of energy, but the band also display a much different side to their musical personality, songs like build a bridge, down another day, the who cover behind blue eyes and underneath the gun are not the stnadard rap-rock we have come to expect from this band. Durst is explaining his pain, trying to get back in with the kids, trying to show them he feels the same stresses and fusrations that they do. With only a few exceptions, like red light green light featuring snoop dogg, this album is a new step fro limp bizkit, there arent any rollins or my generations on this LB album, this is LB moving in a different direction, getting back to basics. Fred obviously pays homage to some of his musical heroes on this album, on some of the tracks his voice almost sounds identical to that of kurt cobains. Overall this is a pretty interesting listen with some very good songs. The best part is new guitar player mike smith, who is definately different than wes borland was, both in his image and his guitar techniques. Anyway Ill be seeing the bizkit crew on their back2basics tour with their old touring buddies Korn. Those who have been fans of Bizkit for many years will probably enjoy this new direction, but if the only LB tracks you've heard are rollin and take a look around, think twice before spending ne money on this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2003
After hearing the first single eat you alive which is brilliant you think this is going to be a really heavy album. It is totally the opposite it is really mellow and chilled out and for me it works. I can know see why the album is called results may vary because some people are gonna like and some are goona hate it me i like it. There are some haevy songs on here like gimme the mic, head for the barricade and eat you alive but the only one that works is eat you alive for me. The other two do not suit the album. The song red light green light has been hated by nearly everybody but it is not a bad song it is just a hip hop song on a rock album. To me Limp Bizkit are the most powerful band in the world today and when there heavy no one comes close. I think we all agree there best when there heavy as eat you alive shows. The album though still is good and worth the money just dont be expecting a heavy rock album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2003
Many fans of rock music tend to pass over Limp Bizkit as an album artist, they are the ones that frequently lose out. Anyone that has listened to Chocolate Starfish or half the tracks on 3 Dollar Bill or Significant Other know that they can make great music, anyone that has heard them live knows they can play it. Unfortunately tracks in the past such as Rollin and My Generation haven't helped Limp Bizkit any more (or less) than tracks like "My Name Is" did for Eminem.
This album is different.
Back to their roots in seriousness of rock, Limp Bizkit are obviously enjoying their music and haven't felt the need to go so commercial with this album. While I personally found 3 Dollar Bill and Significant other to be poor albums with majoritally great songs, I found Chocolate Starfish to be a pleasure to listen to. They've lost none of this skill on Results May Vary, the album plays from start to finish like one long piece of rock candy, beautiful to listen to with great tracks. Finally Limp Bizkit have hit on the combination of brilliant tracks with a class album.
Fans of Chocolate Starfish, and Significant other to some degree, will probably find themselves disliking this album, especially if Full Nelson and My Generation was their cup of tea. However, if like me, you found Hold On, It'll Be OK, and The One to be the better tracks on their third album, then you'll no doubt adore Results May Vary...a much more chilled out rock album over all with it's fair dosage of blood and adrenaline pumping heavy rock.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2003
Ok, maybe I'm a little biasd being an established Limp Bizkit fan but I have to admit this is a awesome new record, and exactly what we've been waiting for the last three years. This is certainly a move forward in terms of musical maturity with a softer side of Mr Durst coming through in tracks like "behind blue eyes" but fans of the head nodding crunching riffs and angry lyrics will not be dissapointed with tracks like "gimme the mic" , "the only one" and the furious "Phenomenon" and "head for the barricade" which alone justifies the price of the album.
Apart from the quirky "red light-green light" with Snoop Dog there is a suprising lack of hip hop on this album compared to Chocolate Starfish, so I expect Lethal was left twiddling his thumbs for most of this production?
Overall, anyone who doubted if the new line up with Wes's replacement Mike Smith need not worry, this is their finest work to date. A great journey which picks you up, throws you round and then puts you down again, before starting all over again.
It may take a couple of listens through to get the tunes in your head, but when when they do you'll agree that when it comes to Nu Metal these guys are the daddy. 5 Stars, no question.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2004
Im not a big fan of the Nu-Metal but i did purchase the Limp Bizkit albums. I own all four and this is my favorite. It shows how the band has matured and changed since their 1997 debut "Three Dollar Bill Y'all$" (which by the way if you like this, dont buy that). Songs like "Creamer" and "Lonely World" show how Fred Durst has changed his style and how the band has changed since the introduction of Mike Smith into the band following the departure of Guitarist Wes Borland. This is LBs best and i advise it at a cheap price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2004
As opposed to the other reviewer who reckons Behind Blue Eyes is indicative of this very fine album, I swing the other way - Behind Blue Eyes is by far the worst thing on this album. I really don't know why they bothered with it! (Go get Who's Next is you want the 'real deal')
However, this album is a lot slower, and of variable tempo, than previous offerings - and the title of the album is very accurate, as I imagine every listener will have a different opinion of what's good and bad about this album - but the variety of this album is what makes this album great!
As for me, my favourite tracks are Eat You Alive, Gimme The Mic, and Head For The Barricade - all fabulous uptempo agro-tracks. But I should also give mention to the quieter moments such as Red Light-Green Light (a fabulous ice-cool rap duet with Snoop Dog) and Creamer (a real class brooding tune), which I personally feel should be a single release for them.
So overall, 4 stars - not as ground shaking as Significant Other, or as 'popularist' as Chocolate Starfish - but a definite sign that Limp Bizkit have mileage.
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