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Limp Bizkit - Chocolate Starfish & The Hotdog Flavored Water


Review: Jack Foley

OKAY, get turn those red baseball caps turned back to front, say f**k a lot and jump around violently - the Bizkit are back with a no-nonsense, F-word laden album that went down a storm in America.(Surprise, surprise - Ed)

In truth, Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water (great name!) is not as bad as it sounds. Yes, it's loud. Yes, it's not advisable for young kids to listen to; and yes, a lot of it sounds the same; but there is a lot more to it than singles such as Rollin' and My Generation might suggest.

Certainly, the aforementioned two are the Bizkit at their best when thrashing around, while earlier offerings such as Hot Dog (with its claim that "fuck is just a word'' - then why use it so much, guys) simply suck and demand skipping.

Life In The Fast Lane is also good fun - and is dedicated to Ben Stiller ("my favourite motherf****er'') - but the best of the album is still to follow.

Current single, My Way, offers some indication of what to expect. It is slower, more thoughtful and far more intelligent than much of the previous stuff, as well as featuring that trademark heavy guitar.

The album really kicks in with The One, a far more mellower effort, featuring lyrics such as "dead from all the loneliness'', which shows Limp Bizkit to be more than a band about attitude and swearing and guitars. This could be the one to set them apart from the current hip hop cum thrash trend sweeping America with the likes of Blink 182 and Linkin Park.

The fusion of hip hop and rock is fully realised with the melancholic Getcha Groove On, with the warning "You don't want to f**k with me today''; "Don't you treat me like a toy kid...''. It may be infantile to swear so much, but the track does have attitude and a certain style which sets it apart from the guitars which dominate and which echoes back to the band's earlier hip hop style.

Take A Look Around is the Bizkit's Mission Impossible II offering, a slow building, totally cool fusion of that theme tune and their sound which effortlessly evokes memories of Tom Cruise performing front wheelies on motorbikes or hanging from cliffs, John Woo style.

Better still is the melancholic It'll Be OK, another slow builder about the break up of a relationship which just screams inner turmoil and pain.

It is a refreshingly personal offering and one which manages not to lose its way amid the guitars. I'm sure it would make a good concert time out. There is feeling in these songs, even if they follow a certain style.

The penultimate track, Hold On, is another example of this; and even refrains from getting loud. It is my personal favourite.

Chocolate Starfish may be an automatic turn off for anyone not into the current trend for loud rock and hip hop, but for anyone willing to give it a listen, or for fans of the band, then this offers plenty. Check it out before you toss that cap back...... (So sad! - ed.)

Track listing:
Disc: 1
1. Intro
2. Hot Dog
3. My Generation
4. Full Nelson
5. My Way
6. Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)
7. Livin' It Up
8. One
9. Getcha Groove On
10. Take a Look Around
11. I'll Be Ok
12. Boiler
13. Hold On
14. Rollin' [Urban Assault Vehicle]
15. Outro

Disc: 2
1. Crushed
2. Faith
3. Counterfeit [Lethal Dose Mix]
4. Faith [CD-ROM Video]
5. Nookie [CD-ROM Video]
6. Re-Arranged [CD-ROM Video]
7. N 2 Gether Now [CD-ROM Video]

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