Results May Vary

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Results May Vary
Studio album by Limp Bizkit
Released September 23, 2003
Recorded August 2002–January 2003; May–June 2003 in Los Angeles, California
Genre Alternative rock, alternative metal, nu metal, rap metal
Label Flip, Interscope
Producer Terry Date, Fred Durst, Rick Rubin
Limp Bizkit chronology
Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
(2000)
Results May Vary
(2003)
The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)
(2005)
Singles from Limp Bizkit
  1. "Eat You Alive"
    Released: September 23, 2003
  2. "Behind Blue Eyes"
    Released: November 28, 2003

Results May Vary is the fourth studio album by American rock band Limp Bizkit. Released in 2003, the album is the band's only release under the sole leadership of Fred Durst, as guitarist Wes Borland had left the band in 2001. Following Borland's departure, the band recorded with Snot guitarist Mike Smith, but later had a falling out with Smith, leading to much of the material recorded with Smith to be discarded. Despite mixed reviews it peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with over 320,000 copies sold in the first week.

Produced under the titles Bipolar and Panty Sniffer, Results May Vary differs from the band's established sound by tackling a variety of music styles. The album received mixed reviews from music critics.

Background[edit]

In October 2001, Fred Durst released a statement on their website stating that "Limp Bizkit and Wes Borland have amicably decided to part ways. Both Limp Bizkit and Borland will continue to pursue their respective musical careers. Both wish each other the best of luck in all future endeavors."[1] Durst also stated that the band would "comb the world for the illest guitar player known to man" to replace Borland.[1] After holding a nationwide audition for a new guitarist, called "Put Your Guitar Where Your Mouth Is",[2] the band recorded with Snot guitarist Mike Smith.

Durst later had a falling out with Smith, and told a fan site, "We are the type of people that stay true to our family and our instincts and at any moment will act on intuition as a whole. Mike wasn't the guy. We had fun playing with him but always knew, in the back of our minds, that he wasn't where we needed him to be mentally."[3]

The band scrapped much of the recording sessions with Smith and recorded another album, which was also scrapped.[4] During production, the working title changed from Bipolar[4] to Panty Sniffer,[4] and later to Results May Vary. The completed album assembled songs from various sessions.[4]

Music and lyrics[edit]

Results May Vary is Limp Bizkit's only album under the sole leadership of Fred Durst, who influenced a different direction from the band's established sound.[4] Results May Vary encompasses a variety of styles, including alternative rock, funk[5] and rap metal.[5] "Gimme the Mic" includes lyrics from Beastie Boys' "Pass the Mic"[4] and Eric B. & Rakim's "Microphone Fiend", while "Let me Down" samples Steve Miller's "Take the Money and Run".[4]

Durst's breakup with Britney Spears provided lyrical inspiration for the album.[4] The album also features a cover of The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes". It differs from the original's arrangement in its inclusion of a Speak & Spell during the song's bridge.[4]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (33/100)[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly C−[7]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[5]
Q Magazine 4/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[9][10]
Martin Charles Strong 4/10 stars[11]

In promotion of the album, Durst filmed music videos for the songs "Eat You Alive", and "Behind Blue Eyes", featuring known actors Thora Birch and Halle Berry.[4] Results May Vary debuted at number 3 in the United States with over 320,000 copies sold in the first week, breaking the group's number 1 spree on the Billboard 200 and was eventually certified Platinum on June 3, 2008 in the US,[12] and Gold in the UK in October 2003.[13]As of 2012 the album has sold over 7,000,000 copies worldwide, of which 1,500,000 for the U.S.

Critical reviews were generally mixed.[6] Allmusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote, "the music has no melody, hooks, or energy, [and] all attention is focused on the clown jumping up and down and screaming in front, and long before the record is over, you're left wondering, how the hell did he ever get to put this mess out?"[4] In a later review of the band's Greatest Hitz compilation, Erlewine called "Behind Blue Eyes" the worst in "their never-ending series of embarrassing covers".[14]

The Guardian reviewer Caroline Sullivan wrote, "At least Limp Bizkit can't be accused of festering in the rap-rock ghetto [...] But Durst's problems are ever-present - and does anybody still care?"[5] In his book The Essential Rock Discography, Martin Charles Strong gave the album four out of ten stars.[11] The Rolling Stone Album Guide awarded the album three out of five stars.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Re-Entry"   Fred Durst Durst, John Otto, Sam Rivers 2:37
2. "Eat You Alive"   Durst Durst, Otto, Rivers, Mike Smith 3:57
3. "Gimme the Mic"   Durst Durst, Otto, Rivers, Smith 3:05
4. "Underneath the Gun"   Durst Durst, Otto, Rivers, Smith 5:42
5. "Down Another Day"   Durst Durst, Otto, Rivers 4:06
6. "Almost Over"   Durst Durst, Otto, Rivers, Smith 4:38
7. "Build a Bridge" (featuring Brian "Head" Welch of Korn) Durst Durst, Otto, Rivers, Welch 3:57
8. "Red Light-Green Light" (feat. Snoop Dogg, contains hidden track "Take It Home") Snoop Dogg, Durst DJ Lethal 5:36
9. "The Only One"   Durst Durst, Otto, Rivers, Smith 4:08
10. "Let Me Down"   Durst Durst, Otto, Rivers 4:16
11. "Lonely World"   Durst Durst, Otto, Rivers, Smith 4:34
12. "Phenomenon"   Durst Durst, DJ Lethal, Otto, Rivers 3:59
13. "Creamer (Radio Is Dead)"   Durst Durst, Otto, Rivers 4:30
14. "Head for the Barricade"   Durst Durst, Otto, Rivers, Smith 3:34
15. "Behind Blue Eyes" (The Who cover, contains hidden track "All That Easy") Pete Townshend Townshend 6:05
16. "Drown"   Durst Durst, Rivers 3:51
Total length:
68:35

Personnel[edit]

Limp Bizkit
Additional musicians
  • Elvis Baskette - guitar
  • Brian Welch - guitar
  • Randy Pereira - guitar
Production
  • Terry Date - Producer
  • Elvis Baskette - Engineering
  • David Holdridge - Additional Engineering, Digital Editing
  • Ulrich Wild - Additional Engineering
  • Andrew Scheps - Additional Engineering
  • Brendan O'Brien - Mixing
  • Billy Bowers - Additional Engineering
  • Mark Valentine - Mixing Assistance
  • Michael Patterson - Mixing
  • Aaron Lepley - Mixing Assistance
  • Jason Spears - Mixing Assistance
  • JD Andrew - Recording Assistance
  • Jun Ishickeki - Recording Assistance
  • Jason Carson - Recording Assistance
  • Jason Dale - Recording
  • Brian Humphrey - Recording Assistance
  • Zack Odom - Recording Assistance
  • Steve Robillard - Recording Assistance
  • John Morical - Recording Assistance
  • Neal Ferrazzani - Recording Assistance
  • Sergio Chavez - Recording Assistance
  • Stephen Marcussen - Mastering
  • Stewart Whitmore - Digital Editing
  • Jordan Schur - Executive Produce

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2003 Top Canadian Albums 3
Top Internet Albums
US Billboard 200

Singles - Billboard (America)

Year Single Chart Position
2003 "Eat You Alive" US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 16
US Modern Rock Tracks 20
2004 "Almost Over" US Rock Songs (Billboard)[15] 37
US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 33
"Behind Blue Eyes" 11
US Modern Rock Tracks 18
US Hot 100 71
US Mainstream Top 40 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Borland bids adieu to Bizkit". CMJ New Music Report (CMJ Network) 69 (737): 6. October 29, 2001. 
  2. ^ "Limp Bizkit Scouring 99 Cities For New Guitarist". MTV News, December 21, 2001; retrieved May 31, 2006.
  3. ^ D'Angelo, Joe (August 16, 2004). "Wes Borland Back With Limp Bizkit". MTV News. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Results May Vary - Limp Bizkit". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d Sullivan, Caroline (September 27, 2003). "The Guardian Review". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  6. ^ a b "Results May Vary Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ Browne, David (October 10, 2003). "Results May Vary Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ 12/03, p.132
  9. ^ a b Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). "Limp Bizkit". The new Rolling Stone album guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 487. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  10. ^ Hoared, Christian (October 30, 2003). "Limp Bizkit: Results May Vary". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on March 28, 2004. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Strong, Martin Charles (2006). "Limp Bizkit". The Essential Rock Discography (8th ed.). Open City Books. p. 638. ISBN 1-84195-860-3. 
  12. ^ "RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  13. ^ "Album artist 239 - Limp Bizkit". Tsort.info. 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  14. ^ Greatest Hitz - Limp Bizkit - Overview, archived from the original on 2012-06-04, retrieved 2013-06-02 
  15. ^ "Billboard Hot Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 

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