Sound — 8
The band couldn't have picked a better title for this record, as they have really switched gears with their latest effort. Bizkit have really gone away from the rap-metal formula that shot them to rock stardom. "Results May Vary" is purely a rock record. I recall that only about two songs explore Bizkit's classic hardcore style. The guitar work has more of a grungy sound comparable to Korn's. It also seems more riff orientated than the power-chord-drop-d-style of the now departed Wes Borland. Even if you don't like the band you can't downplay that some of them have talent, especially the rhythm section of Sam Rivers, and John Otto. Rivers plays more of a melodic bass than a rhythm bass, now used in virtually every rock record. And as always, John Otto is more than solid on the drums. Also, believe it or not, Bizkit pulls out an acoustic, yes an acoustic guitar for a couple songs and not just for "Behind Blue Eyes". As for DJ Lethal, he barely makes a peep on the album. Also featured on the album are Snoop Dogg, and apparently Jay-Z. Bottom line Bizkit fans, if you were hoping for another adrenaline filled rap-metal record, look elsewhere.
Lyrics — 6
What can you say about Durst's lyrics? They are white trash rap lyrics, with the odd song on the reflection of the singer's self or a past relationship. Compliance of the lyrics? These are as straight forward as lyrics get, 'nuff said. Does Fred Durst have talent? Well that's for you to decide but he can alter his voice quite a bit. From his high-voiced punk ass rap, to his voice where he tries to sing, but can't quite muscle it out, to his full out rant, you can't deny that the guy has quite the tonality range.
Overall Impression — 8
Compared to other Bizkit albums, this is the most unique. It explores mostly a rock rock sound with the occasional classic Bizkit style. Personal favourites on the album are: "Gimme The Mic", "Down Another Day", and "Almost Over". Although I don't know how well this album will do, with the dying popularity of the band, I like the fact that they were bold enough to take another direction with their music. I don't like how Durst features Snoop, and Jay-Z on the record. Come on, you're white trash trying to rap. Is the album worth buying: If you're a die-hard Bizkit fan, yeah buy it. It's a solid effort. And if you are looking for a solid rock record, I would recommend picking it up. With the dying popularity of the band, this could be their last album, as Fred Durst did say himself: "this music will not be cool to listen to in ten years."