Calling All ‘Haters’
Every generation has one – a band who typifies the decade, not only with their style and sound but with their rise and subsequent fall. Descending on their wave of success is Limp Bizkit, a band who will always have their insignia stamped on our generation. We’ve watched LB and their tattooed, backwards-cap-wearing, trash-talking frontman Fred Durst go from nu-metal’s #1 group to a parody of themselves. Durst, who has also become ever the music industry player, realizes this and attempts to regain some of their lost popularity and musical notoriety with Results May Vary.Limp Bizkit’s older sound was clearly typified by whiny vocals, spewed over choppy guitar work and break beat scratches. But from the opening chords of “Eat You Alive,” to their soft, acoustic cover of The Who’s “Behind Blue Eyes,” it sounds as if Limp are trying too hard to force out a new sound, instead of just letting it flow naturally. The album does succeed on several occasions, however, with new guitarist Mike Smith’s driving, edgy guitar work mixed with Durst’s toned-down vocals, is a refreshing break from their older, whiny sound, but there is still something that hasn’t changed- Fred’s lyrical content. Yep, you’ll still hear about “haters,” “bitches,” and why Limp Bizkit is the best. In the end, one could consider it a step in the right direction, but it appears the wave of success is nearing the shore, soon to leave the band all washed up.