Limp Bizkit
Results May Vary


2.0
poor

Review

by Simon Killip CONTRIBUTOR (144 Reviews)
November 30th, 2016 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A release so self aware, the title says it all.

While you should never dissect and divide members of a band into a list of who is the most talented, it's not always the easiest thing to do when it comes to a band like Limp Bizkit; there is a renowned consensus that Wes IS the core talent of the band. This isn't to demoralise the remaining members of the band, who all hold their place as solid musicians in their own field, but it comes down to the fact Borland's guitar playing and ideas are essentially needed for the band's compositions to make them interesting. Don't believe me? Well I have the proof right here, it's 2003's Results May Vary. When Wes left the band in 2001 he effectively left Fred holding a live grenade in his hand; here Durst should have pulled the plug on the band, but given Fred's egomaniacal mindset, he set out to find a new guitar player. This led to to the hiring, and soon after firing, of Mike Smith, because his ideas and influences didn't quite match up to the rest of the band. This led to a frontman who can't play guitar, trying to write an album.

Even the title of the album suggests Fred isn't all that confident with the quality pertained within Results May Vary. The once cocky and obnoxious frontman shows waning signs of insecurity; his struggle in translating ideas from mind to guitar soon brought on a daunting realisation that he could be in over his head. As such, Results May Vary is an album cobbled together from various studio sessions with Mike Smith, others come from Fred going it alone on his guitar; while the remainder sees the band bringing in a list of guests as long as my arm: the likes of Brian Welch and Snoop Dogg are clearly brought in to try and add spice to tracks, while Paige Hamilton and Rivers Cuomo come in to try and decipher the ideas Durst couldn't get to. All this splicing would suggest an incoherent, tonal mess of an album -- and for the most part, you'd be right -- but you'd think, with the amount of people contributing to the album, it would have some interesting ideas at the heart of the thing.

The reality is that Results May Vary suffers terribly from the moment it starts. The music is so banal and forgettable it's quite astonishing the final product saw the light of day. You won't find any quirky, infectious riffs here, all you'll receive is a large slab of generic rock, with the odd moment here and there for Fred to rap. And speaking of Fred on the mic, his performance throughout this whole album is a disaster; whether the departure of Wes had such a profound affect on his mental state it left him stressed with writers fatigue, I can only speculate, but it would make sense considering how bad his performance is on here. The likes of "Re-Entry (Intro With All Around The World)" showcase a more juvenile than normal Bizkit, and one that doesn't seem refrained either given how long the damn thing is. Lyrics and melodies range from Godawful to cringe-inducing: "Red Light-Green Light" is instantly irritating from the moment it starts, and just seems to go on and on, while the likes of "Almost Over" is a laughable shock to the systems as he writes off all his problems and thoughts from being a boy and a man. "Lonely World" is another one that not only suffers from facepalmingly bad lyrics, but his awkward rhythmic execution just emphasises how bad the lyrics really are.

Considering the LP is a whopping 17 tracks, there must surely be something redeemable here? And thankfully there is the odd moment that perks up interest: "Build A Bridge" and "Eat You Alive" bring some level of energy to the table, and are somewhat enjoyable, while "Behind Blue Eyes" brings a half decent rendition of The Who's classic track. But with all that said, the album spends more time stammering along with its head in its hands and hoping for the best. And at 17 tracks, that is a rather depressing thought. While the music isn't particularly bad, it certainly leaves a lot to be desired, but it can't go unsaid that Fred makes a bad situation that much worse with almost everything he brings to the LP. As I said earlier, when Fred was brought into the scenario he saw himself in, he should have called it quits there and then. Results May Vary is a soulless collection of tracks that lack the core ingredient of what made Limp Bizkit enjoyable in the first place: fun.

Poor.



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Like it says in the title, Results May Vary is a mixed bag....

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Comments:Add a Comment 
DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2016


13430 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

As always, constructive criticism welcome.

DinosaurJones
November 30th 2016


5829 Comments


Good review.

Bad album.

I actually don't remember much from this one, except for the cover of Behind Blue Eyes... and Red Light-Green Light has stuck with me due to its atrocity.

CaliggyJack
November 30th 2016


1783 Comments


The fact this album was even released proves they lacked any sense of self awareness.

TVC15
November 30th 2016


8604 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

John Otto: john is the drummer and he is very very good. He plays using two sticks which is a skillful art form of drumming, and does very well to keep the beat throughout the songs, which must be very hard to do because of the emotion flying everywhere from the rest of the members.

Digging: Carcass - Heartwork

GmemberKills
November 30th 2016


3198 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i totally have nostalgia jamming out to this album and laughing at the lyrics



tbh i actually enjoy some of the instrumentals on this, especially down another day

Beauers
November 30th 2016


388 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I'm actually a person who will openly say I enjoy Limp Bizkit, but this album is just unacceptable in all ways.

CaptainAaarrrggghhh
November 30th 2016


424 Comments


This review is on point. Pos'd.

bloc
November 30th 2016


43562 Comments


Fred durst is a leader of men, a solver of equations, a flyer of rockets, a father of society.

Eat You Alive and Gimme the Mic fuckin rule. The rest I can live without

Digging: Venenum - Trance of Death

Suli
November 30th 2016


76 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

''Eat You Alive and Gimme the Mic fuckin rule. The rest I can live without''



I would add "Creamer" to that list, but spot on otherwise

christhjian
November 30th 2016


516 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Album sucks hard. Review is good

Darkwatch025
November 30th 2016


334 Comments


What the hell is wrong with Underneath the Gun? I actually think its one of the best and most mature songs they ever wrote.

killerK1
November 30th 2016


117 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I always liked Eat You Alive, Down Another Day, and Almost Over.

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2016


10809 Comments


Great review, first two proper tracks are great, the rest is average. Boring album overall.

Digging: Rabor - ?????????

ChopSuey
December 1st 2016


2506 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"he effectively left Fred hold a live grenade in his hand"



Did you mean he left Fred TO hold a live grenade?

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2016


10809 Comments


I think he means "he effectively left Fred holding a live grenade in his hand". Your phrasing makes it sound as though Wes was like "Fred I'm out dude, I'm going to go hold this live grenade instead".

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2016


13430 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

You are correct scuro. Cheers for pointing it out.

conditionals
December 1st 2016


523 Comments


Just bought the 'Who The Fuck is Wes Borland' shirt tonight



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