Significant Other

Significant Other

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by Limp Bizkit
     
 

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"I'd love to be the one to disappoint you when I don't fall down," sings Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, the great white dope turned alt-rap hero. He may represent the voice of the angst-ridden, downtrodden suburban teens who buy his band's records, but he's also speaking to the world at large, especially those who find Limp Bizkit's testosterone-tweaked marriage of metal,… See more details below

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"I'd love to be the one to disappoint you when I don't fall down," sings Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, the great white dope turned alt-rap hero. He may represent the voice of the angst-ridden, downtrodden suburban teens who buy his band's records, but he's also speaking to the world at large, especially those who find Limp Bizkit's testosterone-tweaked marriage of metal, goth, and rap bereft of content. SIGNIFICANT OTHER is all about satisfying fans and stumping detractors, which the band does by balancing the isolated, postadolescent introspect of gloomy, downcast cuts like "9 Teen 90 Nine" and "Re-arranged" with the Animal House abandon of metal-rap hybrids like "Nookie." This tension-release formula gives their album a strong sense of thematic flow as Durst leads guitarist Wes Borland, bassist Sam Rivers, drummer John Otto, and DJ Lethal through a set that maps out the bipolar pain of today's teenage wasteland as well as any rock out there. And just in case you think the hip-hop nation takes these guys for a bunch of chumps, check out "N2gether Now," which finds DJ Lethal's RZA-style track and Durst's rhymes deftly complementing the Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Limp Bizkit made their reputation through hard work, touring the hell out of their debut album Three Dollar Bill Y'All and thereby elevating themselves to the popularity status of their similarly rap-inflected, alt-metal mentors Korn. With their second album, Significant Other, they come close to reaching Korn's artistic level; at the very least, it's considerably more ambitious and multi-dimensional than Three Dollar Bill. Limp Bizkit, of course, hasn't abandoned their testosterone-overloaded signature sound, they've just built around it. There are flourishes of neo-psychedelia on pummeling metal numbers and there are swirls of strings, even crooning, at the most unexpected background. All of it simply enhances the force of their rap-metal attack, which can get a little tedious if it's unadorned. Not so coincidentally, the enlarged sonic palette also serves as emotional coloring for Fred Durst's lyrics. He broke up with his longtime girlfriend -- his Significant Other, if you will -- during the writing of the album, and his anguish is apparent throughout the record, as almost every song is infused with the guilt, anger, and regret that was churned up in the wake of separation. That, however, gives the impression that this is an alt-metal Blood on the Tracks. It's not. Nevertheless, it does have more emotional weight than Three Dollar Bill, along with more effective, adventurous music. More importantly, it balances these new concerns with trace elements of their juvenile humor along with the overpowering aggro rap-metal that is their stock in trade. Which makes it a rare artistic leap forward that will still please audiences that just want more of the same.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/1999
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949033521
catalogNumber:
90335
Rank:
3236

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Limp Bizkit   Primary Artist
Claypool   Background Vocals,Voiceover
Larry Corbett   Strings
DJ Lethal   Multi Instruments
Joel Derouin   Strings
Method Man   Vocals
Renita Koven   Strings
Suzie Katayama   Strings
Aaron Lewis   Background Vocals
Fred Durst   Vocals,Multi Instruments
Matt Pinfield   Vocals,Voiceover
Eve Butler   Strings
Wes Borland   Multi Instruments
Scott Borland   Keyboards
John Otto   Multi Instruments
Sam Rivers   Multi Instruments

Technical Credits

Larry Corbett   String Section
DJ Premier   Producer
Terry Date   Producer,Engineer
Joel Derouin   String Section
Rakim   Engineer
Eddie Sancho   Engineer
Howie Weinberg   Mastering
Renita Koven   String Section
Suzie Katayama   String Arrangements,String Section
Eric B.   Engineer
Limp Bizkit   Producer
John Ewing   Engineer
Fred Durst   Art Direction,Annotation
Jordan Schur   Executive Producer
Cameron Webb   Engineer
Eve Butler   String Section

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