Limp Bizkit
Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water


3.5
great

Review

by DrGonzo1937 CONTRIBUTOR (149 Reviews)
November 9th, 2017 | 47 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I'm just an alien with 37 tons of new millennium.

After the commercial explosion of Limp Bizkit’s sophomore release, Significant Other, in 1999, the band became the next best thing since sliced bread; the poster boys for the insanely popular Frankenstein sub-genre: NU-metal. Yet, through no fault of their own, they brought as much controversial opinion to the table as they did success; metal elitists and hip-hop purists despised them, while mainstream music goers lapped up every note the band produced. Of course, the band was sandwiched in the middle of the media and social circus, riding the blinding success as it came to them. Regardless of what your preference was at the time, it is common fact the band were the next big thing since Nirvana, and you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing them.

Much like any album that breaks a band out, the record that precedes it is the one that really matters; the all-seeing eye is fixated on the group, and pressures are high. At the time of Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavoured Water’s release it was pretty easy to see the album was a solid successor, following in the footsteps of what the last album brought, with an added refinement and nip-tuck in certain areas to make it a slightly stronger release. And by today’s standards, it’s clear this LP still has a lot more to offer fans than its predecessor. Limp Bizkit really go to town on making catchy tracks a focal point here: from the opening seconds of “Hot Dog”, you’ll end up having it jammed in your cerebral cortex for days after. Taking the “Break Stuff” template to new levels here, there’s a larger enjoyment to be had if you like this kind of music, and more than a handful of genuinely fun moments are offered with the likes of “My Generation”, “My Way”, “Take A Look Around” and “Livin’ It Up” – as well as curve balls like “Boiler” which brings an unusual melancholy to the record, that’s not only a fine addition to the album’s tracklist but a great album closer to boot. This credit, of course, mainly goes to Wes Borland’s fantastically obscure and diverse guitar playing which offers a variety of textures and moods for him to use as he sees fit; the breadth of sounds at his disposal is impressive and stands to make even the most average of songs elevate itself to a better quality. It would be unfair to give all the credit to Wes though, as the rhythm section has always brought a perfect balance to what Borland brings to the table: infectiously simple grooves that meld in with the guitar, bringing a funky, heavy aesthetic to the songs; while DJ Lethal adds his contribution in all the right places.

As with nearly all of Limp Bizkit’s albums, musically Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavoured Water isn’t the problem here, the issues stem from the notorious front man, Fred Durst. At best, his performance brings a goofy “party-hard” quality to the songs. Almost every track here contains something that will make you cringe: be the repetition found on “Rollin’”, as he constantly repeats ”keep rollin’, rollin’ rollin’”; the vomit-inducing take on “The One” about a new girl he wants to hook up with; “Full Nelson” for firing out his usual shtick of giving it to the haters; or “My Generation” for attempting to connect to the masses rejected by society’s older generations. When these lyrics are nestled underneath the great music, they are adequate. You can’t knock his vocal performance as a whole, it’s infectious and his melodies and lyric placements will ultimately get stuck in your head well after listening. But when you dissect them for what they really are, they really damage the overall presentation.

At this point in Limp Bizkit’s career, I don’t think I need to advocate to many who haven’t heard the band before; you’ll either like it or hate it. But if you are one of the few that haven’t heard anything from the band and you like NU-metal or metal with an eccentric touch, you should check this out. It might not be the band’s defining moment, but it’s certainly one of their stronger ones.

Great.

EDITIONS: CD//D̶I̶G̶I̶T̶A̶L̶

PACKAGING: Jewel case.

SPECIAL EDITION: A two disc edition of the album is floating around, containing a host of bonus tracks, including their cover of “Faith”.



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DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
November 9th 2017


13603 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

All this talk about the Biz made me wanna do a review on them.

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bloc
November 9th 2017


44274 Comments


I am always gonna be a fan of the clean version of this album. I remember when I bought this album back in the day, I didn't know the difference and I've been listening to it ever since. Never even bothered with the official version tbh

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DinosaurJones
November 9th 2017


6177 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hell yeah, high five, bloc!



I had to buy the censored version because my parents were concerned about the spirit of my character.

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bloc
November 9th 2017


44274 Comments


*sniff*

But I...I thought I was the only one...??

DinosaurJones
November 9th 2017


6177 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I mean, "Hot Dog" censored was a little silly, but they did a good job with blending the censors into the music, haha.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
November 9th 2017


13603 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can relate to that. You get used to a certain ting.

minimus123
November 9th 2017


74 Comments


I bought the album censored without knowing and I was devastated lol

bloc
November 9th 2017


44274 Comments


Yeah the noises they used to sub the swears are like a part of me now lol. I hear the dirty versions of the songs now and I'm like wtf that can't be right

Wow this is turning into the clean version appreciation thread. FU-I mean...HECK YEAH!

Aerisavion
November 9th 2017


1277 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

As always, another solid review mate. Really enjoyed it



I love that you can see flavours of our previous recent LB talks in there, such as Nirvana reference etc haha

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DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
November 9th 2017


13603 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You know, I thought that after I wrote the sentence haha. But, as far as I can remember, there wasn't a band as big as LP after Nirvana. Really strange coincidence. Haha



Cheers aeri

TVC15
November 9th 2017


8807 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Living it up: it seems that comic actor Ben stiller has paid limp bizkit to have his name at the start of this song, and who can blame him as this is a fantastic band, album and song. Fred shows us all that he is here to have a good time. A great song 5/5

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bloc
November 10th 2017


44274 Comments


looooool

iambandersnatch
November 11th 2017


1758 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i mean, the lyrics are always ridiculous, but this album had a few jams if you can ignore that

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2017


13603 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

People love to h8 the Biz

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2017


13603 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks man

Gyromania
November 11th 2017


23436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Unfairly hated album...but i get it. Some of the songs are lol. Always enjoyed this and especially the two albums before it

rodrigo90
November 11th 2017


3297 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The hatred towards limp bizkit in this site is hilarious dude. I think the users who made the foundation of this site set the rules of which band should be hated and which one should be adored.

rodrigo90
November 11th 2017


3297 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i mean, the lyrics are always ridiculous, but this album had a few jams if you can ignore that



I like how this album has more personal lyrics than significant other but there are some huge flaws like my generation and my way.

iambandersnatch
November 11th 2017


1758 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"The hatred towards limp bizkit in this site is hilarious dude. I think the users who made the foundation of this site set the rules of which band should be hated and which one should be adored."



People are too serious. I like me some serious somber music (katatonia, etc.) but sometimes it's nice to have fun music with dumb lyrics too. There's the same hate for stuff like a7x even though they have had a couple pretty good albums

SexualManChocolate
November 14th 2017


45 Comments


I disagree with this review so hard. Fred Durst is the fucking man. Period. One of the most talented front mans ever. Who else can lay down dope rhymes, bad-ass harsh vocals, and have a lovely soft singing voice. Fred fucking Durst. His lyrics are cringey? Have you ever heard Re-Arranged??

Yes, Fred likes to have fun and he doesn't take himself seriously, but that's the whole point. He doesn't mope and bitch like his buddies over in Korn. Fred Durst is a fucking god and you need to bow the fuck down.

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