The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)

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The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)
Studio album by Limp Bizkit
Released May 2, 2005
Recorded October 2004 – February 2005
Genre Alternative metal, nu metal, rap metal
Length 29:43
Label Flip/Geffen
Producer Ross Robinson
Limp Bizkit chronology
Results May Vary
(2003)
The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)
(2005)
Gold Cobra
(2011)

The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) is the fifth studio album by the American nu metal band Limp Bizkit.[1] Released in 2005, it is the first release by the band to feature guitarist Wes Borland since he rejoined the group. He had left the band in 2001, and their previous album Results May Vary, was recorded without him. Drummer John Otto was absent for much of the album, and Sammy Siegler took over drumming duties for the band.

The album differs from the band's established sound and lyrical subject matter by focusing on darker subjects and featuring a more experimental sound. The album's lyrics focus on subjects such as propaganda, Catholic sex abuse cases, terrorism and fame. Released without advertising and promotion, The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) sold 45,000 copies during its first week in the United States, peaking at No. 24 on the Billboard 200. Reviews were mixed, but Borland's return to the band was praised, as was the new musical direction, which was considered to be ambitious.

After signing with Cash Money Records in early 2012, the band revealed that they are planning to release a sequel, titled The Unquestionable Truth (Part 2), as an EP.[2]

Background[edit]

In October 2001, 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."[3] The band recorded their next album Results May Vary with Snot guitarist Mike Smith.[4] In 2004, Borland rejoined Limp Bizkit, and the band announced that they would begin recording a new album, The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1).[4] Sammy Siegler took over drumming duties for the band for much of the album.

Music and lyrics[edit]

IGN reviewer Spence D., noting the sinister sound of The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1), described the album's leading track "The Propaganda" as a "skirling swirl of darkness".[5]

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The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) focuses on much more serious and ominous lyrical subject matter than the band is generally known for, including propaganda, Catholic sex abuse cases, terrorism and fame.[1][5] IGN reviewer Spence D. described the album's sound as being "sinister", calling Wes Borland's guitar playing on "The Propaganda" a "skirling swirl of darkness".[5] Allmusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine described the album's music as "neo-prog alt-metal".[1] "The Truth" was strongly influenced from industrial music, while "The Key" features a funk-based sound.[1][5] "The Surrender" features Fred Durst singing against Sam Rivers' minimalist bass lines and ambiance provided by DJ Lethal.[5]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
IGN 6/10 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[6]
Martin Charles Strong 5/10 stars[7]

The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) was released as an underground album, without any advertising or promotion.[8][9] Borland disagreed with the decision, suggesting that it was "self-sabotage": "Maybe he was already unhappy with the music, and he didn't really want to put it out there."[9] The album sold 45,000 copies during its first week in the United States, peaking at number 24 on the Billboard 200.[10][11]As of 2012 the album has sold over 2,000,000 copies worldwide, of which 400,000 for the U.S.

The album received mixed reviews. Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine said that the music is "a step in the right direction – it's more ambitious, dramatic, and aggressive, built on pummeling verses and stop-start choruses." However, he felt that the band was being "held back" by Durst, who he called "the most singularly unpleasant, absurd frontman in rock."[1] In his book The Essential Rock Discography, Martin Charles Strong gave the album 5 out of 10 stars.[7]

IGN writer Spence D. wrote, "Given the components of the band—live Limp Bizkit is one tight, intense sonic unit that delivers bristling renditions of their catalog—one would hope that they had chosen to go off the musical deep end and deliver an album that dares to explore rather than rehash. Sadly, only a few brief moments of The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) exhibit this kind of much needed direction. Here's to hoping that Part 2 expands on the potential hinted at here."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Fred Durst, all music composed by Wes Borland, Sam Rivers, and Sammy Siegler except where noted.

No. Title Music Length
1. "The Propaganda"     5:16
2. "The Truth"     5:28
3. "The Priest"     4:59
4. "The Key"   DJ Lethal 1:24
5. "The Channel"   Borland, John Otto, Rivers 4:41
6. "The Story"     3:56
7. "The Surrender"   Durst 3:59
Total length:
29:43

Personnel[edit]

Musicians
Other personnel
  • Wes Borland – cover art
  • Fred Durst – executive producer
  • Jordan Schur – executive producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Unquestionable Truth, Pt. 1 – Limp Bizkit". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst: 'We're working on the craziest metal record ever' | News". Espy Rock. March 8, 2012. Retrieved Nov 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Borland bids adieu to Bizkit". CMJ New Music Report (CMJ Network) 69 (737): 6. October 29, 2001. 
  4. ^ a b D'Angelo, Joe (August 16, 2004). "Wes Borland Back With Limp Bizkit". MTV News. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Limp Bizkit – The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)". IGN. News Corporation. May 3, 2005. 
  6. ^ Sheffield, Rob (June 2, 2005). "The Unquestionable Truth (Part I) : Limp Bizkit : Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 29, 2008. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Strong, Martin Charles (2006). "Limp Bizkit". The Essential Rock Discography (8th ed.). Open City Books. p. 638. ISBN 1-84195-860-3. 
  8. ^ Harris, Cris (November 18, 2005). "Music Ruined Wes Borland's Life, So He's Formed A New Band". VH1 (Viacom). 
  9. ^ a b Harris, Cris (March 17, 2006). "Bye Bye Bizkit? Wes Borland Says Limp Are Pretty Much Done". MTV Networks. 
  10. ^ Moss, Corey. "Limp Bizkit: What Happened?". MTV News. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Limp Bizkit – Charts & Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved December 14, 2011.