Limp Bizkit
Significant Other


2.5
average

Review

by Zorg USER (3 Reviews)
March 8th, 2019 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Limp Bizkit gives a solid work, but a poorly booked finish.

How much self-awareness can you have going through a flaming table in your teenage friend’s back yard. Do you smell what The Rock is cooking. Austin 3:16 says I just kicked your ass. Do not try this at home. It’s fixed and technically fake, but “it ain’t fake when we start the riots”. Well if that aint true.

It’s not a coincidence Limp Bizkit’s meteoric rise coincided with WWE’s (WWF at the time) Attitude era. The parallels are endless and Limp Bizkit would routinely be used as an accompaniment for several WWE promos. In the late 90s and early 00s, WWE and Limp Bizkit were a match made in heaven. They were both simultaneously fake and real, both male expressions of security or lack of and most importantly both dumb as hell yet entertaining. They go hand-in-hand as defining pop culture of the time.

Significant Other is Limp Bizkit’s landmark album that propelled them, for better or worse, into our collective consciousness. Fronted by Fred Durst, in his iconic red baseball cap, we listen to his whines, shouts, laments and raps all backed by some heavy hitting guitars, drums, and yes, DJ scratching. The sound here is the epitome of Nu Metal: a blended amalgam of metal, hip-hop and electronica. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. “Break Stuff” goes hard as Durst has a bad day and threatens with a chainsaw, whereas “Don’t Go Off Wondering” gets lost in the shuffle when it gets languid. Durst and company needed to be edited more as tracks begin to sound too similar the deeper into the album. Durst posturing. Durst misogynistic ranting. Durst being Durst. Lather, rinse, repeat.

When Significant Other ends, it’s hard not to view it in its totality as slight. Angst-ridden ranting with a signature sound, not much else here folks, the show’s over. However, Limp Bizkit was not going for and have never gone for depth. Instead, like WWE, they’ve always been entertainment for young males who wanted and needed an outlet to be aggressive. To see bra and panties matches. To have “just one of those days”. Of course, the dark side of this all is when someone really gets hurt. When Owen Hart drops to his death. When Woodstock 99 gets out of hand. When Jessica Michalik dies in a mosh pit. That is when you realize that sometimes the faker the better and when Limp Bizkit is at their fakest, their silliest, their most obvious, they are at their best. On Significant Other, we get a mixed bag.


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other reviews of this album
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  • Spamue1G (2)
    Limp Bizkit's second best album, next to Three Dolla Bill Y'all. Better than their later r...

    rebreh (3)
    Limp Bizkit came into 99 with a focused sound and focused target. Durst raps instead of s...

    Bulldog (2.5)
    Weak, watered-down metal/Hot-blooded rap...

    barosjn (4)
    ...

  • luisluisluis64 (4.5)
    Like it or not, this is one of the most important Nu Metal album of the 90's....


Comments:Add a Comment 
DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2019


15803 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The review could do with a good proofread, man. Nice write-up though. I still really enjoy this; the les claypool closer always makes me chuckle.



Have a pos

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Source
March 8th 2019


14372 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

great album

Gyromania
March 8th 2019


28937 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wrong

StrikeOfTheBeast
March 8th 2019


8382 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Insignificant Other

hobblepot
March 8th 2019


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

shite band shite album, good review

Zorg
March 8th 2019


366 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, posted too early without proofing. Cleaned it up.

StonedManatee
March 8th 2019


193 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Ayy, I did it all for the nookie!!!

Source
March 8th 2019


14372 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Insignificant Other"





you fool

Drifter
March 8th 2019


16230 Comments


love the artwork to this

Source
March 8th 2019


14372 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I like the cover of 3 Dollar Bill Y'all the most. Looks like it was doodled in a school desk

William21
March 8th 2019


499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

GIVE ME SOMETHING TO BREAK

Drifter
March 8th 2019


16230 Comments


I like chocolate starfish the most. idk what it is about it but it reminds me of something

bloc
March 8th 2019


58321 Comments


Classic artwork, but other than a handful of songs I never thought this was all that. Re-Arranged is one of their best songs though

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BAT
March 9th 2019


787 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Id still mosh the fuck out to break stuff if i saw em. Also anyone seen the family values tour 98 tape? Bizkit slays it.

teamster
March 9th 2019


4495 Comments


Guilty pleasure.

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RM123
March 9th 2019


8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fun album and band one of my favorites



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