Limp Bizkit
Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog...


1.5
very poor

Review

by wikuk USER (24 Reviews)
November 27th, 2006 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


From out of my f*cked up past, I only remember some vague things. Some being minor changes, but others being very important, that took my life into a new direction. Some examples are: the game Rollercoaster Tycoon, which made me addicted with rollercoasters. The death of a teacher, new friends and thing like that. Those however were very important, such as there are less important things. One of them was a car drive towards a friends house. His mother was driving while he and me were listening to music. I was 10, he was 9 and we were both listening to Limp Bizkit’s new CD. I was very unknown by this music, mainly listening to techno and trance. He however had the full CD with a sh*tload of rap-metal songs. We mainly listened to My Generation, because it was cooool.

Now that I think back of it, I’m not ashamed of having done something like that. Everyone needs a start of a new branch of music, and this was along with Linkin Park and Slipknot the band I started with. However, as I still enjoy those 2 other bands I listed, I can say that I probably don’t know worse bands than Limp Bizkit.

Fred Durst, vocalist and frontman, has probably the worst voice that a band has ever had. His rapping skills are supbar, and his singing sounds very whiny, as if he’s nothing but a 12 year old angsty kid. His lyrics prove that he has the mind of such a person. Randomly cussing, which stray far from being intelligent. Hotdog (the song) has 46 f*ck’s in the couplets, and the choruses (which are stolen from NIN’s closer) feature also some aggressive sentences. Full Nelson is another typical example, in which Fred talks about being bullied. The song is meant to be heavy, but the addition of Fred rapping makes it more laughable than heavy. The song ends on a shameful attempt to be cool, as Fred’s throws out some F-bombs.

Ok, so we know Fred is a douche, but what about the instrumentation. Although it’s obvious that the instrumentation falls behind the shrieks of Fred overpowering everything, there is some decent talent found in here. Guitarist “Wes Borland” is one of those underrated nu-metal guitarists. Although he mainly sticks to power chords, he has a decent feeling. Drummer John Otto and Bassist Sam Rivers stick to the rhythm. Nothing special. DJ Lethal is however a great adding to the band, with nice effects through the songs. He should however stick away from those stupid scratch moments.

One thing that made Limp Bizkit infamous were the angsty rap-metal songs. Hot Dog, Full Nelson, My Generation (no, it’s not a tribute of The Who’s classic masterpiece) and both of the Rollin’ versions, are all rap-included distorted nu-metal songs. All of them are however poorly executed with the endless amount of F-bombs and other cussing. As I said, Fred is a horrible rapper, and even a more horrible vocalist. If Fred (with his lyrics) would be replaced by actually nu-metal masters, such as Chino Moreno, or Corey Taylor, the songs would be much more decent. It’s sadly not true.

Not only did Limp Bizkit record an amount of angsty nu-metal songs, they recorded some rap songs too. Getcha Groove On is a song with a hip-hop beat present on it. The verses are switched between Limp Bizkit and Xzibit, rapping like crazy. Sadly, this experiment turns out to be even worse than Limp’s bland attempts to create heavy songs. Livin’ It Up is no difference, except for the fact that the chorus is more metal based, with the distorted guitars.

Luckily Limp Bizkit thought of some more serious melodic songs. My Way is a single you probably all heard, but it’s a good one. Fred talks in the verses as if he is just about to begin a fight with someone, and has better lyrics than in other songs. The chorus is more reminiscent of Linkin Park than any other work, and it works incredibly well. Although the song gets bland after several listens, it’s a good effort. The One is a less known song of them, but just as My Way it’s a pleasant calm listen. If they could only not include the terrible secret track. Hold On is the third soft track, but doesn’t appeal as much as the other 2. It never really stands out, and Fred’s vocals, which were decent on the other tracks, are awful as ever.

The biggest surprise is another single, Boiler. The song starts with gloomy effects before suddenly kicking into a slow metal riff. The verse sounds frantic, yet it doesn’t feel as angsty as the other songs. The chorus feature Fred both on background humming and foreground singing. After the second verse, the song breaks down into a more calm riff, while building up to the last chorus. The thing that makes this song incredible appealing is the frantic sphere around it. Just like the video clip (which was pretty awesome), and as the song name suggests, the sphere feels very uncomfortable. However, it feels very powerful too, just like Deftones Passenger.

After all, I can’t say I’m very pleased when listening to this CD. It feels very immature, save for a few tracks, and nothing is really catchy. Fred’s lyrics and voice, make me not want to listen to it, just as the generic instrumentation. There are some more mature moments on this CD, but they are short-lived. I don’t recommend buying this CD, which you probably not will since it’s quite a few years old.

Top 3 songs:

1. Boiler
2. My Way
3. The One

Songs I don’t care for:

My Generation
Full Nelson
Rollin’ (both versions)
Getcha Groove on
It’ll be Ok
Hold On
Livin’ It Up



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FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
November 27th 2006


2806 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Not a bad review, there's a few grammatical errors but nothing that really detracts from the review's fluidity. This album is really bad.

ToWhatEnd
November 27th 2006


3172 Comments


the game Rollercoaster Tycoon, which made me addicted with rollercoasters.
No lie, I still play that game. Good times! Of course I remember my phase when I used to listen to this CD, it was burned from a friend since mom didn't want me to have the uncensored version. What a rebel.

TheMisterBungle
November 27th 2006


861 Comments


Thats how I used to get all my naughty songs. :lol:
Nice review.

Two-Headed Boy
November 27th 2006


4527 Comments


Honestly the worst album I've ever heard.

Great review, you really hit this one.

John Paul Harrison
November 27th 2006


1014 Comments


[quote=the review]I was very unknown by this music, mainly listening to techno and trance.[/quote]

Oh my...

Luckily, I never was really into that nu-metal scene. Nirvana was all John Paul ever needed.



Zesty Mordant
November 27th 2006


1196 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Honestly, this album isn't great at all but it isn't as bad as an album people make it out to be.
There are some fairly great tracks here

The Door Mouse
November 27th 2006


2092 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Reviews was great and the album is crap. Seriously I loved it when I was like 10 but I recently listened to it and I had a heart attack. Ha I was addicted to Roller Coaster Tycoon also. I might actually play pretty soon. Lol.

The Door Mouse
November 27th 2006


2092 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Review was great and the album is crap. Seriously I loved it when I was like 10 but I recently listened to it and I had a heart attack. Ha I was addicted to Roller Coaster Tycoon also. I might actually play pretty soon. Lol.

The Door Mouse
November 27th 2006


2092 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Opps!

John Paul Harrison
November 27th 2006


1014 Comments


Opps!

EDIT OF RELEVANCY: I’m glad to see you reviewing again.This Message Edited On 11.27.06

carney3110
November 27th 2006


310 Comments


I hate how people always lump the few great nu-metal bands in with these guys. I know I'll probably get attacked for this, but bands like Deftones and Korn have put out music that is a million times better than this, especially Deftones. Just listen to White Pony. Incredible album.

wikuk
November 28th 2006


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I hate how people always lump the few great nu-metal bands in with these guys. I know I'll probably get attacked for this, but bands like Deftones and Korn have put out music that is a million times better than this, especially Deftones. Just listen to White Pony. Incredible album.
Well, these guys used to be among the great nu-metal bands too, so I don't see what your problem is. And don't say to me I should listen to White Pony, first take a look at my album ratings.This Message Edited On 11.28.06

Kage
November 28th 2006


1172 Comments


This album is indeed pretty atrocious. Boiler is a decent song, though. I had a time long ago when I thought this was basically the best album ever released.

Good review too.

Wish
November 28th 2006


262 Comments


I think this album has a few high points but they certainly don't exceed the low points. I suppose it's fun to listen to with friends after a few beers.

wikuk
December 20th 2006


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

^^Every song is awesome after some good amount of alcohol.

Big Coop 27
January 20th 2007


16 Comments


this is metal???

ReturnToRock
November 12th 2007


3448 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

aww man the memories....

being 15 and grooving on this CD, counting the f-bombs on Hot Dog to see if they really added up to 46 (they do), going out to get baggy pants and a red cap wanting to be Fred...

of course, that all ended when i had to choose - i either got to go to the LB concert or the Slipknot concert, which were within the same week. as a decider, i played the two CD's. well, 'Knot won by a landslide. i haven't touched LB since then.

and yes, they sound ridiculous now.



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