Results May Vary
|Results May Vary|
|Studio album by Limp Bizkit|
|Released||September 23, 2003|
|Recorded||August 2002–January 2003; May–June 2003 in Los Angeles, California|
|Producer||Terry Date, Fred Durst, Rick Rubin|
|Limp Bizkit chronology|
|Singles from Limp Bizkit|
Results May Vary is the fourth studio album by the American nu metal 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 and negative reviews, the album peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200, with at least 320,000 copies sold in its first week of being released.
Produced under the titles Bipolar and Panty Sniffer, Results May Vary differs from the band's established sound by featuring elements of a variety of musical styles while still featuring nu metal, rap rock and rap metal elements.
Background, music and lyrics
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." Durst also stated that the band would "comb the world for the illest guitar player known to man" to replace Borland. After holding a nationwide audition for a new guitarist, called "Put Your Guitar Where Your Mouth Is", 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."
The band scrapped much of the recording sessions with Smith and recorded another album, which was also scrapped. During production, the working title changed from Bipolar to Panty Sniffer, and later to Results May Vary. The completed album assembled songs from various sessions.
Results May Vary is a Limp Bizkit album under the sole leadership of Fred Durst, who influenced a different direction from the band's established sound. While Results May Vary features elements of the musical genres nu metal, rap metal and rap rock, the album is noted for experimenting with musical genres other than Limp Bizkit's famous rap metal style. Results May Vary features elements from multiple genres of music, including emo, alternative rock, jazz, acoustic and funk. Results May Vary has more melody than previous Limp Bizkit releases and has characteristics that were compared to the bands and artists John Mayer, Bon Jovi, Linkin Park and Staind. Results May Vary has also been compared to the Jane's Addiction album Nothing's Shocking. The album has been described as alternative rock, nu metal and rap rock. Featuring a change in Limp Bizkit's sound, Results May Vary is known for having power ballads. The Observer described the album as Limp Bizkit's "safest, most pedestrian-sounding record yet" and Joe D'Angelo of MTV described the album as Limp Bizkit's "most personal album by far." Joe D'Angelo talked about the album's emotions saying "Comparatively mild tunes comprise a third of the album and present the frontman as having actual feelings other than rage, angst and conceit under his omnipresent ball cap. Anger isn't completely absent, mind you — it's just paired with sensitivity, loneliness and warmth." Fred Durst described Results May Vary as "more sad, more deep, drone-y." Results May Vary is noted for showing Fred Durst's "milder, more sensitive streak." While the songs express emotion, the songs on Results May Vary are noted for not having much screaming, with the song "Eat You Alive" as an exception. Fred Durst spoke about that saying "My approach to [confrontation] now is past the screaming part. It's 10 times more dangerous to go past that and know what it is that you're trying to express. That can be therapy, and that's what happened to me in a weird way. That's why there is not so much screaming." Results May Vary was noted for not featuring the guitarist Wes Borland, who was replaced by Mike Smith of the band Snot. The album was also noted for expressing a lot of emotion.
Fred Durst's controversy with Britney Spears provided lyrical inspiration for the album. The album also features a cover of The Who's song "Behind Blue Eyes". It differs from the original's arrangement in its inclusion of a Speak & Spell during the song's bridge. "Gimme the Mic" includes lyrics from the Beastie Boys' "Pass the Mic" and Eric B. & Rakim's "Microphone Fiend", while "Let Me Down" samples Steve Miller's "Take the Money and Run". "Head for the Barricade" borrows from the song "Stick 'Em" by The Fat Boys. The song "Phenomenon" borrows the line "Once again back its the incredible" from the song "Bring the Noise" by Public Enemy. The album shows Limp Bizkit's more gloomy side, featuring more serious lyrics and abandoning the more confident lyrical content on Limp Bizkit songs released before "Results May Vary" was released. Lyrical topics on the album include bullying, self-pity, betrayal, childhood pain, heartbreak, feeling misunderstood, love and Fred Durst's thoughts on both MTV and the radio. Citing the lyrics to the album's song "Down Another Day", Joe D'Angelo of MTV said "It's hard to believe that such John Mayer-esque lyrics come from a man who, only months ago, likened himself to a chainsaw and threatened to skin your ass raw." The song "Eat You Alive" was thought to be about either Britney Spears, who is said to have had a relationship with Fred Durst, or Angelina Jolie, who Fred Durst only admired. Fred Durst spoke about the song "Eat You Alive" saying "The scream in 'Eat You Alive' is like an animalistic, sexual, crazy, primitive roar," Fred Durst said, "That song is about that feeling, that desire." Fred Durst said that the song "Just Drop Dead" is inspired by his experience with Britney Spears and other women.
Release, sales and critical reception
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
|Martin Charles Strong|||
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. Results May Vary debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 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 United States, and Gold in United Kingdom in October 2003. As of 2012, the album has sold over 7,000,000 copies worldwide, including 1,500,000 copies sold in the United States.
Critical reviews were generally mixed to negative. On Metacritic, the album received a score of 33/100, signifying "generally unfavorable reviews". Allmusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine panned Results May Vary and 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?" 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".
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?" In his book The Essential Rock Discography, Martin Charles Strong gave the album four out of ten stars. The Rolling Stone Album Guide awarded the album three out of five stars. Stylus Magazine criticized Results May Vary, calling it "an album that can only be described as abysmal" and saying "The rest of the album is a confusing sludge of noodly guitar, langorous drumming, and plenty of nasal crooning by Durst. The songs are simply poorly written: song structures change without reason or continuity, creating a mess of musical nonsequiturs without a catchy melody or hook to be found."
|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" (featuring 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|
|18.||"Just Drop Dead"||4:02|
|17.||"All That Easy"||1:32|
|18.||"Take It Home"||1:41|
|Japanese Edition 2012|
|17.||"Let It Go"||5:10|
- DJ Lethal - turntables, keyboards, samples, programming, sound development
- Fred Durst - vocals
- John Otto - drums, percussion
- Sam Rivers - bass, guitar
- Mike Smith - guitar
- Additional musicians
- Elvis Baskette - guitar
- Brian Welch - guitar
- Randy Pereira - guitar
- 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
Album - Billboard (North America)
|2003||Top Canadian Albums||3|
|Top Internet Albums|
|US Billboard 200|
Singles - Billboard (America)
|2003||"Eat You Alive"||US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks||16|
|US Modern Rock Tracks||20|
|2004||"Almost Over"||US Rock Songs (Billboard)||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|
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