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Artist: Limp Bizkit
Title: Gold Cobra
Genre: Rapcore / Rap metal / Nu Metal
Release Date: 24th June 2011
Label: Interscope (Universal)


Album Review

Upon hearing the Mayan prophesies for the end of the world in 2012, LIMP BIZKIT managed to reunite and release this album offering us the utter justification of the much needed “why”. Hailing from the rich ghettos, infected by recession, where they probably live by now, they rap manically. And by that I mean that their vocabulary has been reduced to point zero, reflecting on the educational crisis that has been ruling some parts of the U.S. I know teenagers who are more articulated than them by far. “Everybody jumps to the sound of a shotgun, in my neighbourhood everybody got one” and this is the problem; they should pick a place where their neighbours actually have a serious library instead of the manuals for their shotguns, which as it seems they agonise to read. This is not their only concern; in another song they keep assuring us that they gonna fuck up a douche bag or they suggest to “get a life” to their enemies. After the first seven tracks I was thinking that they should replace the “Parental advisory; explicit content” with “Parental advisory; illiterate content”. And to give you the difference between these two; ‘Copkiller’ by BODYCOUNT has explicit content.

After climbing to the highest peaks of Olympus with their sheer exhibition of how to use the English language - an exhibition that needless to say might put Chaucer and Shakespeare to shame - LIMP BIZKIT has decided to step down from those heights and delve into the more mundane tasks. From ‘Walking Away’ and on they chose to actually sing something. And truth be told, ‘Walking Away’ is the best song of the album by far, slow in its tempo with clear and melancholic vocals and emotively more complex. The next one, ‘Loser’, is pathetic in all its aspects; it has melodramatic lyrics, boring music and an out-of-tune ending. Kinda sympathetic is ‘Autotunage’, not something special but likeable for sure. And then again they go into their version of rap, the one I’ve described earlier on with ‘90.2.10’.

In ‘My Own Cobain’ I stopped paying attention to the lyrics and was enjoying the feeling of Durst’s efforts to imitate Cobain’s voice. Priceless! It is amazing that LIMP BIZKIT mentions as its influences the PUBLIC ENEMY, RUN-DMC, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, FAITH NO MORE and NIRVANA among many others. Were these bands asked if they want to be listed as their influence? The problem with LIMP BIZKIT is that their music is considerably more interesting than their lyrics. Durst’s voice sounds like Nagg’s voice-inside-the-dustbin in Becket’s ‘Endgame’. As it goes, the cover of their CD is prophetic; the band has found their true fans. Three stoned girls, a monkey, a lemur, some trees and plants. Yes, there is also a cobra but since when an illustration of a snake can spill venom? As far it concerns their last song ‘Middle Finger’, I’ve found their idea very useful; I’ve actually typed this review by using both of them.


Tracklist

01. Introbra - 1:20
02. Bring It Back - 2:17
03. Gold Cobra - 3:53
04. Shark Attack - 3:26
05. Get A Life - 4:54
06. Shotgun - 4:33
07. Douche Bag - 3:42
08. Walking Away - 4:45
09. Loser - 4:53
10. Autotunage - 5:00
11. 90.2.10 - 4:18
12. Why Try - 2:51
13. Killer In You - 3:46
14. Back Porch - 3:22
15. My Own Cobain - 3:40
16. Angels - 3:21
17. Middle Finger - 4:27


Line-up

Fred Durst – Lead vocals
Wes Borland – Guitars
Sam Rivers – Bass
John Otto – Drums, percussion
DJ Lethal – Turntables, keyboards, samples, programming, sound development


Websites

http://www.limpbizkit.com


Cover Picture

limpbizkit_goldcobra


Rating

Music: 3
Sound: 9
Total: 6 / 10


Comments   

+1 #13 Ray Dunkle 2011-06-21 10:02
To the few ultra enthusiastic LB fans on here...Please forward to all the magazines bands you love so much that you can't tolerate them getting a bad review, for now make LB your campaign as I doubt that all the mags will opine about it. Maybe they'll oblige you out of sheer boredom of having to deal with childish needs of your types for others to like what you like. Tell them EXACTLY what to write, you'll be saved from a challenge to respect other people's differing opinions. You'll certainly entertain the rest of the music fans with bullshit like that this album is better than anyone else's! There's tons of music that's better than this, but you can't deal with it, can you? Or even better, write to the band's promo team, maybe you'll be able to write and read after yourselves so many hyperboles about LB that you won't have the need to bark like a pack of dogs whose salami didn't win the price! Problem solved. You should hurry up whilst you have that chance!
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0 #12 Ray Dunkle 2011-06-21 09:57
@Chris756. Durst is that you?
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0 #11 Ray Dunkle 2011-06-21 09:53
@Lipnox. It is one of the best CD's ever to clean the dirt under your fingernails as well. You can also use it as a mirror to brush your teeth.
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+1 #10 Nicholas 2011-06-21 09:25
Quoting Lipnox:
Just listened to the cd myself. WOW this guy is clueless. The reviewer seems to only be able to comprehend the most basic meaning in lyrics and sounds more like the type who listens to one type of music and hates on everyones elses without giving it a proper try. This cd is the best ive heard in years from anyone let alone limp bizkit.

My friend, with all due respect, if "this" is the best you've heard in years from anyone... You should most definitely widen your range of picks. To be honest, and even though I don't personally like that much that genre, ANY garage band is better than this record.
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0 #9 Cris756 2011-06-21 04:25
Limp Bizkit rock...welcome back. Buy it
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0 #8 Lipnox 2011-06-21 01:17
Just listened to the cd myself. WOW this guy is clueless. The reviewer seems to only be able to comprehend the most basic meaning in lyrics and sounds more like the type who listens to one type of music and hates on everyones elses without giving it a proper try. This cd is the best ive heard in years from anyone let alone limp bizkit.
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0 #7 Ray Dunkle 2011-06-20 23:23
@me
Maybe you need to go back and use your eyes to read rather than just see red because your band didn't get the full on pat on the back.
From ‘Walking Away’ and on they chose to actually sing something. And truth be told, ‘Walking Away’ is the best song of the album by far, slow in its tempo with clear and melancholic vocals and emotively more complex. The next one, ‘Loser’, is pathetic in all its aspects; it has melodramatic lyrics, boring music and an out-of-tune ending. Kinda sympathetic is ‘Autotunage’, not something special but likeable for sure. And then again they go into their version of rap, the one I’ve described earlier on with ‘90.2.10’. Now if you can't read this, ask your teacher to read it for you. When they will release the instrumental/ka raoke version of the CDs the critique of the lyrics won't be needed. If you think that understanding lyrics = liking them, then I urge you to realise that the equation is plain stupid.
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+1 #6 Me 2011-06-20 22:14
Ok we get it you didn't like the lyrics. You should have probably taken the time to actually listen to them and maybe just try to understand their meaning, cause you know, you're writing a review, it's going on the internet, everyone will be able to read it, and it may influence other people's opinion about the album, so you want to do the best job you can. BUT let's assume that this is actually a review and not just some random "Hey look at me! Limp Bizkit sucks!". Let's assume that you did everything I said before. Is there any music in the album? Or is it just lyrics? Why wouldn't you write a single word about that?
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+1 #5 Ray Dunkle 2011-06-20 16:36
@Nicholas. Probably Tool and Deftones were a vital part of their music inspirations. And Limp Bizkit had, here and there, some good moments/songs. As far for the positive reviews you have no idea the levels of intimidation the reviewer gets when s/he dares to write a negative review. And some people have no mood at all to deal with all that...
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0 #4 Ray Dunkle 2011-06-20 16:24
@SetTheRecordSt raight. I don't intend to write the biography of Durst, to know all the minor details that may be parts of the songs. As for the contextualisati on, no one should be expected to know this meaning of the "shotgun". There are other meanings as well; the front seat passenger, a way of smoking marijuana, of drinking beer real fast etc. And the sounds within the song actually are pointing to a shotgun and not a guitar. Durst more than likely used this old trick of saying one thing and then by using the power of "metaphors" or slang to avoid the consequences and the logic conclusions from his songs. As for the way he treats bullying how's that relevant to his audience who are no longer teenagers?
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