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lbFor this week’s album of the week, I chose due to the fact that Limp Bizkit was back in the news again, but not for the reasons they would choose. The band was back in the news due to someone posting that the band was going to perform at a gas station in Ohio. Nevertheless, I chose to revisit an album that I have always thought was a classic in the band’s sophomore effort Significant Other. The album was released to the masses on June 22, 1999 and it would temporarily change the world. Significant Other which once again featured Fred Durst (Vocals), Wes Borland (Guitar), DJ Lethal (Turntables), Sam Rivers (Bass), and John Otto (Drums) would cement the band as a legitimate threat for the throne. They literally went from openers to headliners overnight and the album generated so much buzz due to an incident that would scar the band later on. Supposedly one of the tracks off the album sparked all the violence at Woodstock 99 that you think would hurt the band, but it did the opposite as the album peaked at number one on The Billboard Top 200 Charts. The album also went number one in Canada and Number One on the internet as well as 83 on the decade end charts (1990-99).

Limp_Bizkit-Significant_Other-Trasera1. Intro– features some funky beats while a voice that is slowed down introduces the band. 4/5

2. Just Like This– A cool as drum beat from John kicks off the song while Sam Rivers keeps you hooked with his sick bass playing. The song basically proclaimed that Limp Bizkit was in the house which they certainly were. 5/5

3. Nookie– A sick bass riff comes from Rivers once again before Wes comes crashing in like thunder with some power chords in a track about trying to get a girl just for sex. 5/5

4. Break Stuff– The Power Chord heavy track that just makes you want to break something, this was alos the track that supposedly caused people to get violent at Woodstock 99. 5/5

5. Re-Arranged– The slow track off the album with another cool bass riff from Rivers in a track that talks about how sometimes life can be too much no matter the situation you’re in, but you have to fight through it. 5/5

LB 2 copy6. I’m Broke– Pretty self explanatory kind of track that features some heavy riffage from Borland. The track has a Jane’s Addiction feel to it at times with the melodies4.5/5

7. Nobody Like You– A very cool collaboration on the album that features both Jonathan Davis (Korn) and  and the late Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots). One of the best riffs on the album from Wes Borland by the way. 5/5

8. Don’t Go Off Wandering– I love Wes’s playing on this track and I love the lyrics to the track which deal with one-sided relationships. 5/5

9. 9 Teen 90 Nine– Prince once proclaimed that we should party like it was 1999 and Limp Bizkit brought it with this track. I love how during the verses it’s just a bass line and drum beat as Fred raps over it. Then during the chorus, Wes kicks it up a notch with the assault. 5/5

10. N 2 Gether Now– This is one of the best collaborations Fred ever did in his career that has legendary status with Method Man from Wu-Tang. The track was produced by DJ Premier. 5/5

Limp-bizkit611. Trust?- A hellacious track with some sledgehammer like riffs that has a little flavor of the first record. 4.5/5

12. No Sex– One of the most unexpected tracks from the band, but a brilliant one. The slow tempo track that talks about how relationships suck when all that is left is the sex. 5/5

13. Show Me What You Go– A cool party track where Fred drop name drops cities all over America in the song. 5/5

14. A Lesson Learned– a track featuring production mostly from DJ Lethal about how fame and fortune can change things for the worse. 4.5/5

15. Outro- An outro track that features a couple of hidden tracks with one being Matt Pinfield and the other being with Les Claypool. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– Just like the music video for Re-Arranged when the water is drained all that is left is the album and Fred’s hat signifying that no matter how much you trash the band, their legacy is here forever in the form of their music. This was definitely an awesome record that opened door for other artists in the genre and it made an impact on me. I am going to give the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

Sometimes in this life when a bunch of awesome musicians get together to create a song for a soundtrack, it sounds so amazing that you wish those group of individuals would get back together to create even more music. That is exactly what happened with today’s Soundtrack Saturdays selection from the Underworld Soundtrack which was released back in 2003. Underworld was a film that took the Vampire and Werewolf genres and gave them a really cool and brand new outlook that was also the subject of much controversy. The film starred the beautiful Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen, and so many more in a film where the Vampires and Lycans (Werewolves) have been at war for a long time. One of the death dealer vampires (Beckinsale) is tracking the lycans when she notices that they are hunting a human (Speedman). She has to make a decision eventually whether to kill the human who has been bitten or go against her clan and defy them. The soundtrack featured a lot of great industrial metal acts along with some experimental acts like Puscifer, Renholder, Skinny Puppy, A Perfect Circle, and our featured band today called The Damning Well. The Damning Well was a band that was comprised of Richard Patrick (Filter), Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), Josh Freese (Guns N Roses), and Danny Lohner. The track this supergroup of sorts recorded was called The Awakening which was an in your face industrial metal like track. The track definitely leaves you wanting more wondering what could have been if this project went forward. Check it out below:

File:Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water.jpgI had put off reviewing this album for a while because I was too caught up in what was being released. I never forget the day this album came out, I was in college (The first time around) and I left my class to go to the record store just to buy this the day it came out. Limp Bizkit was one of the biggest bands at the time of the release and little did we know what chain of events would happen next. Limp Bizkit was riding high on the success of their second album The Significant Other with it smash hits Nookie and N 2gether Now with Method Man. So, the question at the time was how was Fred Durst, Wes Borland, John Otto, and Sam Rivers going to be to the table this time around? There are a lot of theories as to what Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water means. The best explanation that I have seen is that Chocolate Starfish is a scatological reference to the appearance of a human anus. Hot Dog Flavored Water is an inside joke that Wes Borland had come up with after they had stopped at a truck stop. According to Wes, Fred Durst would call himself the chocolate starfish because people thought of him as an asshole.

File:LBMyGeneration.jpgThe album’s intro is very much like the intro they had on the last album where the robot claims that it’s not a test and Limp Bizkit is in the house. The next track on the record Hot Dog  is one of the most infamous tracks because he says the F word 48 times and for the fact that Fred mocks the songs Perfect Drug, Closer, and Burn by The Nine Inch Nails. Apparently, Trent had said something negative about Fred and so Fred retaliated. My Generation is the next track on the record that musically it seems that Wes and Otto were playing off of each other where it seems the music is intertwined much like the band Primus. I used to think this song was my generations battlecry because since we had started elementary, we never had any respect from any authority figures. Full Nelson is up next and it explodes right onto your speakers as Fred preached throughout the whole song how he never gets any respect from anyone, but if your face to face with him you better be to rumble. My Way was always one of my all time favorite tracks from this album because it has a certain swagger about it. Fred decides to sing more on the track instead of rapping and wes’s playing is a little different than usual. Instead of the straight up Power chords that were used to getting in metal, he was playing more complex melodic chords.

File:Rollin.jpgRollin (Air Raid Vehicle) is technically the second single off the record, but it was one of the hottest jams that year and do not try to deny that every time you hear this song you move your arms side to side liking your driving.  Livin It Up features the band sampling The Eagles Life in The Fast Line. The One is the next track and it’s all about Fred and his never ending quest for love. Getcha Groove On is the hip hop track where Fred and Xhibit trade rhymes. It’s N 2gether Now, but it was cool to hear. Take A Look Around is the amazing track where Wes Borland takes The Mission Impossible theme and he brings it to another level. It may be the best song these guys ever recorded. It’ll be Ok is a little bit on the darker side of the plane which means it’s another song about love being disappointing. Boiler is another dark track which explores the same themes as the last song. This song has a really great riff to it where it’s heavy at the beginning, soft and clean during the verse before it explodes again into the chorus. It was also the last music video to feature Wes in it before he had quit the band. Hold On is a pretty cool song that featured Scott Weiland of STP singing alongside Fred Durst in a really primitive type acoustic song. Rollin (Urban Assault Vehicle) is just a remix that features DMX, Method Man, Redman, etc.  It’s definitely one of my favorite albums that Limp Bizkit has ever released. That is why I am giving it 4 stars out of five.

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