Limp Bizkit were the poster-boys for Nu Metal and riding high on their wave of success. They had a couple of albums which were popular with critics and fans, Three Dollar Bill, Y'all$ and Significant Other. Then they released Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water, which was subject to mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. OK, not a problem, since it did have some strong material amidst the stuff fans didn't like. They still have time to make up for their missteps with their next album.
What could possibly go wrong? How about Wes Borland, the band's most popular member, quitting Limp Bizkit? Uh-oh.
Without a guitar player, the band jammed on their own, bringing in session guitar players and writing new songs until the position could be permanently filled. Fred Durst himself had learned how to play guitar by this point, so he played guitar on a few tracks for the band's upcoming fourth album.
Terry Balsamo, who had been the band's guitarist in 1995, briefly rejoined the band, and recorded some songs before quitting.
Al Jourgensen of Ministry was hired to produce three songs, including the single "Crack Addict", all of which were left off the album. During the recording, Jourgensen decided to troll Durst by convincing Fred to strip naked and wear a cowboy hat while singing.
During the recording sessions Durst was hired to work with Britney Spears, and became infatuated with her, inspiring the lyrics of "Eat You Alive", one of the band's most popular songs. However, either she didn't return his affections, based on her side of the story, or, according to his side, they began dating, but she broke his heart. Whatever the case, Durst wrote "Just Drop Dead", in the aftermath, as a Take That! to Spears.
Eventually, Mike Smith's relationship with the band deteriorated, and he quit. An album's worth of material with Mike was scrapped, and they began working on an introspective Alternative Rock album called Panty Sniffer.
They recorded a Cover Version of The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes". Fred heard DJ Lethal messing around with a Speak-N-Spell, and for whatever reason, had him use it in the song's bridge, spelling out the word "limp", to generally confused response from fans and critics, though the cover is generally considered one of the band's best performances.
Ultimately, with production on the album lasting a year and the new album beginning to look like the Nu Metal equivalent of The Beach Boys' Smile, it was decided to take all the various, wildly inconsistent in terms of style, songwriting approach and quality, sessions for the unfinished album and try to assemble something, anything, out of it.
The name of the album was changed to Less Is More, then to Fetus More, then Surrender, and finally to Results May Vary, and the final album was unleashed upon the world.
Despite being a commercial hit at the time, it received extremely negative reviews. It is the second lowest score on Metacritic, above only Kevin Federline's album Playing with Fire. Among Limp Bizkit fans, it is generally considered The Scrappy of their catalog.
- "Re-Entry" 2:37
- "Eat You Alive" 3:57
- "Gimme the Mic" 3:05
- "Underneath the Gun" 5:42
- "Down Another Day" 4:06
- "Almost Over" 4:38
- "Build a Bridge" (featuring Brian "Head" Welch) 3:57
- "Red LightGreen Light" (featuring Snoop Dogg) 5:36
- "The Only One" 4:08
- "Let Me Down" 4:16
- "Lonely World" 4:34
- "Phenomenon" 3:59
- "Creamer (Radio Is Dead)" 4:30
- "Head for the Barricade" 3:34
- "Behind Blue Eyes" (The Who cover) 5:58
- "Drown" 3:58
- Grief Song: The biggest complaint about this album is that it has too many of these. Kitty Empire of The Guardian wrote:"Limp Bizkit have decided to expose their tender side. They really shouldn't have bothered [...] having seen Limp Bizkit's 'other side', you want the old, unapologetic, meathead version back"
- Lighter and Softer
- New Sound Album: Critics hated the New Sound Album attempt here, and fans mostly found it average (though it did manage to go platinum despite the negative reviews) which started off with their usual sound then detoured into a bunch of other things, mostly Alternative Rock and ballads.
- Nu Metal: The tracks with Mike Smith. The rest of the album is mostly Alternative Rock.
- Stalker with a Crush: "Eat You Alive".
- Take That!: "Let It Go", a bonus track from this album, is addressed to then-absent guitarist Wes Borland. This song even lampshades Wes' side-project Big Dumb Face in the lyrics.