October 20, 2003 12:00 PM

Limp Bizkit

The latest from Fred Durst and company may leave you feeling, well, limp. While they helped make rap-metal all the rage among suburban kids across America with discs like 1999’s 7-million-selling Significant Other, this quintet struggles to remain relevant on its fifth album. Although they attempt to add acoustic elements on Staind-like ballads such as “Drown,” the Results are mediocre. Durst simply doesn’t have the presence as a singer to pull that off, nor does the band have enough of a gift for melody. They’re better off sticking to rowdy rap-rockers like “Head for the Barricade.” One can only hope that Limp Bizkit will be able to evolve from that sound, much like the Red Hot Chili Peppers have managed to do, and display some real staying power.

RAP-METAL

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