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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 159 Ratings

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  1. Nov 6, 2012
    4
    I could just use this review to trash Fred Durst calling him immature names, but I'm not going to be biased. However I will say that Fred Durst is the problem with this band. The musicians, particularly Wes Borland, are truly working hard to deliver good music. But Fred Durst whining saying he wants a girlfriend (on "The One") and with proud bombast how he wants to keep driving in fancyI could just use this review to trash Fred Durst calling him immature names, but I'm not going to be biased. However I will say that Fred Durst is the problem with this band. The musicians, particularly Wes Borland, are truly working hard to deliver good music. But Fred Durst whining saying he wants a girlfriend (on "The One") and with proud bombast how he wants to keep driving in fancy cars (on "Rollin'"). And the biggest shame of all is that Durst has the audacity to take the lyrics from Closer by Nine Inch Nails on the opening track. Truly one of the worst albums of 2000 along with Kid A by Radiohead! Expand
  2. AaronE.
    Dec 6, 2002
    4
    This album might have been okay had it been made by some up and coming band who hadnt established themselves. The sad truth is is that Limp Bizkit use to be awesome...if you like hardcore or rapcore and you say you didnt like 3 dollar Bill ya'll you're and idiot. Anyways all the hype got to Fred's head and he ended up sticking in his chocolate starfish..what a shame.
  3. John
    Aug 11, 2007
    6
    It sucks how most of the reviews (from critics or music fans) are based solely on their hatred for Fred Durst. I have to agree that Durst is an egotistical jerk but this album doesn't suck as bad as most people want you to believe. Not as good as their first two albums but it's still far from crap. However, I feel that Durst went overboard with swearing on this album. I.E. "Hot It sucks how most of the reviews (from critics or music fans) are based solely on their hatred for Fred Durst. I have to agree that Durst is an egotistical jerk but this album doesn't suck as bad as most people want you to believe. Not as good as their first two albums but it's still far from crap. However, I feel that Durst went overboard with swearing on this album. I.E. "Hot Dog". Can't imagine how the clean version will sound like. Expand
  4. SimonB
    May 14, 2008
    6
    Frankly... It's alright. The album was much like a desperation cry from Limp Bizkit. It worked, if I recall correctly. L B got some appreciation back with this one, while losing some fanbase. Taking a turn toward pop while maintaining their rapcore edge, they dabbed into Nu Metal. Teenage angst imaged here a few times, along with the loss of a girlfriend. Some of the songs were very Frankly... It's alright. The album was much like a desperation cry from Limp Bizkit. It worked, if I recall correctly. L B got some appreciation back with this one, while losing some fanbase. Taking a turn toward pop while maintaining their rapcore edge, they dabbed into Nu Metal. Teenage angst imaged here a few times, along with the loss of a girlfriend. Some of the songs were very well played out. I like the drummer's groove, but Fred Durst's voice often becomes annoying in all its squealing mannerisms. It's not as bad as people tell you, believe me. I'm often hard on music but Limp Bizkit made something decent here. Some songs are definitely forgettable, the others are worth listens. You'll still wanna avoid letting people know you have this album. Expand
  5. StevenR.
    Jan 19, 2009
    6
    Yes, its stupid rock. Yes, it is not a masterpiece. Yes, if we want to be truly critical, a 6/10 is too much. But for all its worth, this is just plainly the soundtrack to a frat party. The lyrics revolve mostly around typical "Nobody gets me, I dont like when you talk crap about me" (its Durst, what d'you expect?). Its narcissist, and VERY annoying. Still, if you can get past that, Yes, its stupid rock. Yes, it is not a masterpiece. Yes, if we want to be truly critical, a 6/10 is too much. But for all its worth, this is just plainly the soundtrack to a frat party. The lyrics revolve mostly around typical "Nobody gets me, I dont like when you talk crap about me" (its Durst, what d'you expect?). Its narcissist, and VERY annoying. Still, if you can get past that, it can be pretty fun- At times. See, most songs work, but others are just plain annoying (thanks again to Durst's terrible lyrics). And the album cusses too much. Regularly that would not be a problem, but seriously, the opening track says the "f-word" 46 times! At the end, the cuss words sound not like the words of an angry young man, but just like another "the" in a sentence. At times, it feels just like a way for Durst to vent out all his anger...unfortunately...that is not very fun. What does work especially well is "My Generation" which turns the table, and Durst acknowledges his rowdy fans. If it were like this, this would be the Soundtrack of a rebellious generation. But Durst has 0 lyrical focus. All in all, the band (excepting Durst) is competent, if not revolutionary [Wes Bourland is very good]. But Durst just hinders them. If only the guy would stop whining, this could have been a better (much better) album. Oh, and Durst sounds squeeky when he sings and idiotic when he raps, so its a lose-lose scenario. From all this, you probably gather that this albums sucks thanks to Durst, so why the 6/10? The reason is that they AT LEAST try to expand their sonic pallet, and even if they do fail, they at least try. They are trying to progress and add flourishes to their sound. So that is always worth an extra point or two. Truly critical score: 4/10 Expand
  6. Apr 22, 2013
    4
    Limp Bizkit are a vulgar, offensive group named after a game involving 4 men and a biscuit. The title of this album is also a reference to the lead singer; in other words an anus (for those too ignorant to know that and actually like this crap) and becomes the theme for almost every song on the album. You can tell this album is rushed (it was released less than a year after their previous)Limp Bizkit are a vulgar, offensive group named after a game involving 4 men and a biscuit. The title of this album is also a reference to the lead singer; in other words an anus (for those too ignorant to know that and actually like this crap) and becomes the theme for almost every song on the album. You can tell this album is rushed (it was released less than a year after their previous) since every song sounds the same both lyrically and musically. Fred Durst is THE worst front-man for a "rock" band ever and is annoying as hell, evidently he likes his dick jokes since he considers himself one. A few decent listenable tracks, but why bother? Expand
Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Fred Durst may grab the headlines, but Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water really shows that all the power Limp Bizkit are known for comes from their bandmembers who, you know, actually play instruments. Durst's lyrics are wack when he raps and bad high school poetry when he sings.... Of course, there aren't many people looking for deep thoughts from Durst and Co. -- just lots of big, dumb, angry fun. And on that count, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water delivers.
  2. Spin
    70
    The sound is now clearer than on either predecessor; the rapping likewise. And here come Jane's Addiction and the Smashing Pumpkins--this is a slicker, grander record than Significant Other. [Jan 2001, p.112]
  3. 20
    The very concept of Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water might be brilliant if it was a work of absurdist art. But this album is just absurd.