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Results May Vary
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Studio album by Limp Bizkit
Released September 23, 2003
Recorded
  • August 2002 – January 2003
  • May – June 2003
Studio
Genre
Length 68:33
Label
Producer
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 15, 2003
  2. "Behind Blue Eyes"
    Released: November 28, 2003

Results May Vary is the fourth studio album by the American rap rock band Limp Bizkit. Released on September 23, 2003, it is the band's only release under the sole-leadership of vocalist Fred Durst after the temporary departure of guitarist Wes Borland, who left the band in 2001. Snot guitarist Mike Smith was initially brought in to replace Borland, although the band's falling-out with Smith later lead to his departure, with much of the material recorded with him being discarded from the final release. Durst and a number of guests ended up handling the majority of the album's guitar-work.

The album differed from Limp Bizkit's established sound up until that point; although the album still featured elements of nu metal, rap rock and rap metal, like their prior releases, it also branched out into other musical styles including alternative rock, acoustic and jazz. It also featured less rapping, and more introspective lyrics related to heartbreak, bullying, and self-pity. An alleged affair with Britney Spears by Durst (denied by Spears) during collaborating sessions for her 2003 album In the Zone, and resulting rejection by Spears, was cited as an inspiration for some of the album's material as well.

To promote the album, music videos featuring high-profile actresses were created for "Eat You Alive" and "Behind Blue Eyes"; the former featuring Thora Birch and the latter featuring Halle Berry. Upon release, Results May Vary peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and sold at least 325,000 copies in its first week of being released. While the album still eventually went platinum, both the debut and lifetime sales were still well below prior albums Significant Other and Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water. Results May Vary sold at least 1,337,356 copies in the United States. The album received mostly negative critical reception as well.

Background, writing and recording[edit]

In October 2001, Fred Durst posted on the band's website: "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] Borland explained why he left Limp Bizkit; he said: "I could have probably gone on and still played the part of the guitar player of Limp Bizkit, but musically I was kind of bored. If I was to continue, it would have been about the money and not about the true music, and I don't want to lie to myself, or to them or to fans of Limp Bizkit."[2]

According to Durst, Limp Bizkit 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, "Put Your Guitar Where Your Mouth Is",[3] the band recorded with Snot guitarist Mike Smith.[4] "Mike brought in a breath of fresh air", Durst said. "Creatively, it fit like a glove. It made life easier and more positive. It made us look forward to getting together as a band so much more. The positive effect he had on me just made the whole experience of Limp Bizkit feel like a brand-new entity".[5] Before Smith replaced Borland, Durst played a great deal of guitar. Jon Wiederhorn of MTV wrote, "Limp Bizkit jammed with four finalists after their much-publicized guitarist audition tour, but now it looks like Fred Durst might be taking a cue from his Puddle of Mudd pal Wes Scantlin and handling both vocal and guitar duties himself".[6]

After a later falling-out with Smith, Durst told a fansite: "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".[7] Limp Bizkit scrapped many of Smith's sessions, recording another album which was also scrapped.[4]

Before the introduction of Results May Vary's track listing, Page Hamilton of Helmet and Rivers Cuomo of Weezer recorded songs with Limp Bizkit for the album;[8] Al Jourgensen of Ministry also joined the band in the studio.[9] The contributions of all three were omitted from the finished album.[10] Bubba Sparxxx joined Durst in a Los Angeles studio,[11] but his contributions also did not make the album.[10] Durst wrote over 30 songs with Limp Bizkit drummer John Otto and the band's bassist, Sam Rivers.[12] During production of Results May Vary, Durst listened to the Cure, Patsy Cline, Mazzy Star and classical music.[12]

Title[edit]

During production, the album's title changed from Bipolar to Panty Sniffer, and then to Results May Vary.[4] Other working titles were Less Is More, Fetus More, Surrender and The Search For Teddy Swoes.[13][14] The finished product assembled songs from a number of sessions.[4] On August 20, 2003, Fred Durst posted on the Limp Bizkit website: "The album title is Results May Vary. Like a prescription drug, each persons reaction to the ingredients will be different."[15]

Music and lyrics[edit]

"This album is about getting in touch with yourself a little bit, about accepting things a little bit more, maybe accepting the fact that you can't control or change everything and it is the way it is. Sometimes it's about less is more. It's about the seed. Thinking about this gigantic tree that you think is so beautiful but it started with this just seed. So 'less is more' is sort of the theme."

Durst, explaining what Results May Vary is about[12]

Results May Vary was recorded under the leadership of Fred Durst, who influenced a direction differing from Limp Bizkit's established sound.[4][16] Although the album features elements of nu metal,[17][18] rap metal[16][19] and rap rock,[18] it is noted for music experimenting with other genres: psychedelia,[20] emo,[4] alternative rock,[21] hard rock,[22] jazz,[23] acoustic[18][19] and funk.[24] Results May Vary, more melodic than previous Limp Bizkit albums,[21] has been compared to John Mayer,[25] Bon Jovi,[24] Primus,[26] Linkin Park,[18][27] Staind[4][16] and Jane's Addiction[22] (including the latter group's debut album Nothing's Shocking).[28] With a change in the band's sound,[19] Results May Vary has less rapping, more singing and more melody (including power ballads) than previous Limp Bizkit albums.[4][29] The Observer called the album Limp Bizkit's "safest, most pedestrian-sounding record yet",[19] and Joe D'Angelo of MTV described the album as the band's "most personal album by far".[25] According to D'Angelo, a third of the album's content shows Durst "having actual feelings other than rage, angst and conceit under his omnipresent ball cap."[25] Durst described Results May Vary as "more sad, more deep, drone-y",[28] and the album demonstrates his "milder, more sensitive streak".[30] Although the songs on Results May Vary are emotional and expressive, except for "Eat You Alive", screaming is largely absent.[4][17][31]

A female performer in a black-and-white ensemble, holding a microphone near her mouth
Britney Spears (pictured) denied being in a relationship with Fred Durst.[32]

Durst's controversy with Britney Spears provided lyrical inspiration for Results May Vary.[4][28][31][33] There were rumors that Durst and Spears were in a relationship. Durst wrote three songs for Spears' 2003 album In the Zone. Durst and Spears worked on those songs in a studio. After Spears denied the relationship, Durst refused to allow those three songs to appear on Spears' 2003 album In the Zone.[34] Results May Vary features a cover of The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes"[4] with a Speak & Spell during the song's bridge.[4] "Gimme the Mic" includes lyrics from the Beastie Boys' "Pass the Mic"[4] and Eric B. & Rakim's "Microphone Fiend", and "Let Me Down" samples Steve Miller's "Take the Money and Run".[4] "Head for the Barricade" borrows from the song "Stick 'Em" by the Fat Boys.[5] "Phenomenon" borrows the line, "Once again back it's the incredible", from "Bring the Noise" by Public Enemy.[5] The album demonstrates Limp Bizkit's gloomy side,[23][24] with more-serious, less-confident lyrics than previous songs.[21] Lyrical topics include bullying,[4] Durst's past,[35] self-pity,[21] betrayal,[21] childhood pain,[21] heartbreak,[4] feeling misunderstood,[4] love[4] and Durst's views on MTV and radio.[4] About "Down Another Day", Joe D'Angelo of MTV found it difficult to believe that lyrics that were similar to Mayer's could come from Durst, whom, according to D'Angelo, had recently "likened himself to a chainsaw and threatened to skin your ass raw".[25] "Eat You Alive" was reportedly about Britney Spears (rumored to be involved with Durst) or Angelina Jolie (whom Durst admired). According to Durst, "The scream in 'Eat You Alive' is like an animalistic, sexual, crazy, primitive roar", and the desire which came with this behavior.[25] Durst said that "Just Drop Dead" was not (as had been speculated) about Britney Spears,[36] but was about his experience with her. Durst also said that "Just Drop Dead" was inspired by other women.[37] Also, Durst said that "Just Drop Dead" is "about a girl who acts like a whore".[36] According to Durst, " 'Underneath the Gun' is about suicide and the struggle you can have when ending your life becomes an option".[38]

Promotion, commercial performance and touring[edit]

Promotion and commercial performance[edit]

Brian "Head" Welch (pictured) played guitar on Results May Vary's song "Build a Bridge",[10] and also performed with Limp Bizkit in a special professional wrestling event.

To promote Results May Vary, Durst filmed music videos for "Eat You Alive" and "Behind Blue Eyes" featuring Thora Birch and Halle Berry, respectively.[4] The video for "Eat You Alive" appeared on MTV before Results May Vary was released,[13] and the album was featured on Total Request Live.[25] Limp Bizkit were going to record a music video for Results May Vary's song "Build a Bridge".[39] However, no music video for "Build a Bridge" was recorded. Limp Bizkit performed "Crack Addict" and "Rollin'" during WrestleMania XIX with guitarists Mike Smith and Brian Welch,[40] and "Crack Addict" was played on television commercials for the event.[11] Although "Crack Addict" was the planned first single from Results May Vary,[9] the song was omitted from the album.[4]

Released on September 23, 2003,[4] Results May Vary peaked at number three on the Billboard 200[41] with sales of at least 325,000 copies in its first week of being released,[42] ending Limp Bizkit's number-one streak on the chart.[41] In three weeks of being released, the album had sold at least 500,000 copies.[42] After thirteen weeks, Results May Vary sold at least 1,000,000 copies.[43] Results May Vary was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on June 3, 2008[44] and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on October 10, 2003.[45] Results May Vary had sales of 1,337,356 copies in the United States.[46] The album's cover of "Behind Blue Eyes" peaked at number 71 on the Billboard Hot 100,[41] peaked at number 25 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart,[47] and was certified gold by the RIAA on January 26, 2005.[48] "Eat You Alive" peaked at number 16 on the Mainstream Rock chart and number 20 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart,[41] and "Almost Over" peaked at number 33 on the Mainstream Rock chart, despite not receiving a single release.[41] Results May Vary had less mainstream success than previous Limp Bizkit albums such as Significant Other and Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water.[49][50]

Touring[edit]

After the release of Results May Vary, Limp Bizkit joined the band Korn on a tour called the Back 2 Basics Tour. The Back 2 Basics Tour, which was sponsored by Xbox, was scheduled for November 2003.[51] However, during a concert at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, Durst was hit by an object thrown from the crowd. Durst finished the remaining two songs of Limp Bizkit's set and after the concert, Durst had seven stitches administered by a private physician.[52][53] During the end of 2003, Limp Bizkit cancelled their tour dates in Southeast Asia after there was a United States Department of State warning of increased security threats abroad. Limp Bizkit planned to play shows in Bali, Bangkok and Manila. However, after a terrorist bombing in Istanbul, Turkey occurred, the United States Department of State issued a travel advisory, and Limp Bizkit cancelled the shows in Southeast Asia. Although they did not perform in Southeast Asia, Limp Bizkit did perform in South Korea and Japan.[54] In January 2004, there were rumors that Limp Bizkit were going to tour with the rock band Kiss,[55] although the band was unable to, citing scheduling conflicts.[56]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (33/100)[57]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 1.5/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly C−[21]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[24]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[27]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[58]
Q 4/5 stars[59]
Martin Charles Strong 4/10 stars[60]
The Observer 1/5 stars[19]
NME 4/10[23]
People 2/4 stars[61]

Critical reception of Results May Vary was mainly negative. The album received "generally unfavorable reviews" on Metacritic, with a score of 33 out of 100.[57] This is the second lowest score on Metacritic, second only to Kevin Federline's album Playing with Fire.[62] According to AllMusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine, "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 review of Limp Bizkit's Greatest Hitz compilation, Erlewine called "Behind Blue Eyes" the worst in the band's "never-ending series of embarrassing covers".[63] Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian wrote, "Durst's problems are ever-present - and does anybody still care?".[24] Stylus criticized Results May Vary, calling it "an album that can only be described as abysmal".[17] Rob O'Connor of Yahoo! Launch also criticized Results May Vary: "No, Fred, the results don't vary. The results are consistent throughout your new album—consistently crappy."[64] Kitty Empire of The Guardian wrote, "Limp Bizkit have decided to expose their tender side. They really shouldn't have bothered [...] having seen Limp Bizkit's 'other side', you want the old, unapologetic, meathead version back".[65] Scott Mervis of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also criticized Results May Vary: "Results May Vary has a few highlights — 'Almost Over' (very Everlast) and 'Phenomenon' (very Primus) — but way too few to justify all the time and energy spent".[26]

Although Results May Vary received primarily negative reviews, according to Spin, the album "isn't all that horrible".[42] Some others were not so negative towards Results May Vary. Tom Day of MusicOMH wrote, "Ultimately, this album is neither crap nor blindingly good, and results do indeed vary".[18] The Sun-Sentinel gave Results May Vary a positive review, calling Lethal's work "phenomenal", and praising "Behind Blue Eyes" and the soft-to-heavy progression of "Build a Bridge".[16] Steve Appleford of the Chicago Tribune gave Results May Vary a mixed review, writing: "The music achieves some surprising sophistication with new textures both acoustic and electronic. Durst also is not so obnoxious nearly so often; at the same time, his songs too often lack the harsh melodic spark that once turned his ravings into pop hits".[66]

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) 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 5:58
16. "Drown" Durst Durst, Rivers 3:58
Total length: 68:33[4]

Personnel[edit]