Average User Score: 4.0Feb 17, 2014Often renowned as Limp Bizkit's worst piece of work (keeping in mind that a lot of critics denounce every piece of work done by Limp Bizkit inOften renowned as Limp Bizkit's worst piece of work (keeping in mind that a lot of critics denounce every piece of work done by Limp Bizkit in what is one of the worst cases of a band being subject to unfair bias due to factors that have nothing to do with the actual music at all), Results May Vary has often been seen as the album that completely derailed Limp Bizkit's position as a mainstream Nu-Metal band. Much of this infamy and drop in musical quality can be attributed to the temporary departure of Wes Borland for this record, whom had left the band for a short period due to personal conflict with other members of the group , and as a result saw Bizkit going out on a limb with the absence of one of its main writers and its most talented musician.
When listening to Results May Vary it becomes obvious that Bizkit's sound has been effected greatly by this change and saw a great variety of sounds being implemented with little consistency or sense of direction; following up a very familiar and Limp-style opening on Re-Entry with screeching guitars and searing vocals on what has to be Bizkit's heaviest track of all time: Eat You Alive, though this turn doesn't hold throughout the rest of the rest of the record and the only other song on the record to even come close to matching its aggression being: Head for the Barricade, which is catchy but nowhere near as memorable. Most of the other songs on the record see Bizkit take more of an alternative approach to the metal sound with songs such as Build a Bridge and Underneath the Gun packing little punch and coming across as incredibly formulaic. The album's worst is a pointless and forgettable cover of The Who's Behind Blue Eyes, one of Bizkit's worst pieces to date.
Despite this negativity however there are elements of Bizkity goodness spread throughout the record, with several enjoyable intervals such as Take it Home providing small periods of laid-back enjoyment whilst the track: Red-Light Green-Light sees a catchy and fun collaboration between Bizkit and Snoop Dogg in an amusing lyrical trade-off.
Overall the criticism levied at this album in particular can indeed be justified: it's inconsistent and fails to pack a punch in multiple aspects, thanks mainly to the lack of Bizkit's greatest feature: Wes Borland and his experimental style. Despite the fact that it indeed lives up to the title of being Bizkit's worst record there are several moments of enjoyment to be had and it deserves at least a listen or two if only to be appreciated as a reminder of the downfall of mainstream Nu-Metal.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Dec 16, 2013Being Korn's first album since their reunion with former second-guitarist: Brian "Head" Welch, the Paradigm Shift provides a stark contrast toBeing Korn's first album since their reunion with former second-guitarist: Brian "Head" Welch, the Paradigm Shift provides a stark contrast to the former album: The Path of Totality, which was both a brave and alluring experiment that melded metal and electronic music to create something that has not been heard before.
By comparison the Paradigm Shift, though still littered with electronics as evidenced by the album's first single: Never Never which some have described as notably "pop-ey", proves to be a far less bold attempt and sees Korn falling back on a more familiar and heavy sound with the electronics taking more of an awkward backseat, with the aforementioned Never Never appearing suddenly and unexpectedly among songs with vastly different sounds such as Mass Hysteria.
As a result this album feels a little complacent; not daring to aim high and instead playing with a variety of sounds previously seen in former albums with Mass Hysteria sounding like an outtake from the Untouchables while Paranoid and Aroused is reminiscent of Issues with the only major exceptions being Spike in my Veins and Never Never which see the electronic elements balance out with the more traditional sound more effectively, the former having been partially written by Noisia. One track in particular, Lullaby for a Sadist, sees Korn producing their first power ballad since Alone I Break and while it might sound appealing to some the song lacks the creepy and emotional impact it seems to be striving for, thanks in part to poor lyrical content, and as a result the attempt is rendered to little.
Korn fans who were expecting to see a major improvement with Head's return will be thoroughly disappointed. with the album being very reminiscent of Take a Look in the Mirror in the way in which it fails to establish its own identity, the result is surprisingly empty and lacking, especially in its lyrical content and while it isn't their worst album it isn't a good addition to the Korn collection.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.1Oct 15, 2013Combining elements of the aggressive sound that has been missing from Korn's last few albums with a heavy electronic-dubstep influence thatCombining elements of the aggressive sound that has been missing from Korn's last few albums with a heavy electronic-dubstep influence that sounds like nothing they've ever done before, Korn continue to innovate new sounds and sound damn good doing it.
From the energetic and quick tempo of the opening track Chaos Lives in Everything to the emotive piano on Bleeding Out (Or the downbeat and somewhat spooky tone of Tension with the Deluxe edition) the album has a variety of tunes that combine the dubstep/metal in new and effective ways with notable tracks Narcissistic Cannibal and Get Up! being easily as aggressive and catchy as older Korn classics such as Here to Stay and Freak on a Leash. It's easy to see that both the band and the artists they collaborated with, to name a couple Skrillex and 12th Planet, had a lot of fun working with this.
Though there are a few tracks that drag it down, such as the aforementioned Tension which is is too downbeat and inconsistent to be memorable, the good outweighs the bad and tracks like Get Up! and Fules the Comedy are hard to forget.
You should definetly buy this album… Expand