The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)
Serving suggestion: turkey pate is the ideal dip for a limp bizkit. Open the condiment and leave it out for six weeks. The flavour of a genuine turkey will come to life.
This was supposed to be the moment Fred Durst shook off the Limp Against the Machine jokes. After wooing back guitarist Wes Borland, Durst released The Unquestionable Truth on May 3 by declaring that the band would not promote the mini-album or release a single or video (a little like George Michael gathering press from around the world in February to announce he was sick of publicity).
But the Truth hurt when it debuted at No24 in the Billboard chart. It was last seen at No195. By June 2 Durst's blog proclaimed that 'we are finally going to go with our first single from TUTP1', as though they'd really just been polishing it all along.
A video will be shot, too, though don't dare ask Durst to compromise by releasing the best track, The Truth, as a single. That's 'sacred' - a rough performance video was made available online for fans months ago. Durst's shenanigans blew his band's chance to find new fans for their best rap-metal since 1997's Three Dollar Bill, Y'all.
Musically, Borland and bass player Sam Rivers overpower Durst's self-absorbed lyrics - as they have in all the band's best efforts.
The Florida-based outfit have always had the musical chops, hooks and a finely tuned adrenaline pump. But too often Durst quashes it all down off-stage. If Geffen can keep him away from the marketing desk, perhaps they'll make something of TUTP2.