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Limp: LimpLimp (2002)
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Reviewer Rating: 2
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Contributed by: imabigjerkCam Hoff
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In past years I have enjoyed releases from Limp. Their style of pop-punk was quite accessible and easy to like. Both "Pop and Disorderly" and "Guitarded" are equally good albums. They were in constant rotation in my player on their release but since then have found a place in a shoebox in my closet..
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In past years I have enjoyed releases from Limp. Their style of pop-punk was quite accessible and easy to like. Both "Pop and Disorderly" and "Guitarded" are equally good albums. They were in constant rotation in my player on their release but since then have found a place in a shoebox in my closet. This new self-titled album though, is not even up to par, it won't gain a spot in my musical rotation. Limp kind of disappeared the last few years, and we haven't heard much from them. In the time since their last record we have seen a rise in popularity of pop-punk, and a virtual flooding of the market with this sound. That is one reason why this release just isn't doing it for me.

But perhaps the most obvious reason is the fact that I just can no longer stand the lead singer's (Phil's) voice. It was literally a fight for me to get through this album in it's entirety. Annoying, whiny, nasal vocals over top of hollow guitars and average drum and bass is not my idea of a great album...and sadly that's about all this is.

The first song "Oh No" was featured on the recent Honest Don's sampler, and for good reason, it's the best track on this album. Quite reminiscient of old Limp, a classic pop-punk melody. But from there's it's straight downhill, the pinnacle of despairity being "Therapy", song number five...and the point at which I most often ejected this disc in favor of something else, something with a bit more substance.

There are many factors that contribute to my dislike of this album. Primarily Phil's voice is the reason why I can't stomach it, but also contributing is the oversaturaion of pop-punk in today's market and the recent release of a few excellent cd's (like Bad religion and Thrice).

I expected this disc to rock hard but instead, it comes off a bit limp (puns intended). I award it two stars, one for each of their previous records...if you're a big Limp fan, you'll enjoy it. If you're not a huge Limp fan, spend your music money elsewhere.

 

 
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Anonymous (April 29, 2002)

Nearly perfect? Anyone who thinks this cd is that good needs to seriously revamp their music collection. Come on...2 stars is generous for this piece of crap...not worth the plastic it's made of.

Anonymous (April 29, 2002)

I think that was one of the most honest reviews I've ever read here. I think the album is definitely weak compared to Limp's other stuff and live show. I was a bit disappointed that we waited almost two years and this is what we got. I'm sure it sounds great live though ...

Anonymous (April 28, 2002)

wrong wrong wrong wrong!! not as good as the others, i would say about .000000000000000000000000000000000001 % off perfect

Anonymous (April 27, 2002)

I think this record is great. Awesome songs like "Oh No," "Atom Bomb" and the near-perfect "Get Away" make for a good listen... I like it a lot.

Anonymous (April 26, 2002)

i think it sucks too.

Artman (April 26, 2002)

Man, I'd have to disagree with you. These guys are incredibly talented, and with every album they’ve done, it’s been energetic & fun songs from beginning to end. Limp is quite possibly one the best bands on Honest Don's records.

This self-titled album shows a darker side of Limp, and you’d think for a pop-punk band like these guys, that would be a bad thing, but in my opinion it’s not. While songs like “Oh No”, “Atom Bomb”, and “One To Ten” are some of their darkest songs ever, the album also has some really fun tones like, “Get Away”, “Last Chance”, and “Where Is Your Mind”.

As for Phil’s voice, I can see how some might be annoyed by it. Its borderline whiney and silly, but I like it. It really goes with the band’s “nerd rock” image and style, in my opinion. Sort of reminds me of Weezer.

I like this band, and I did enjoy this album. While I was disappointed with only eleven tracks, I still enjoyed hearing new music for these guys after sucks a long time of silence. (“Guitared” was released early 1999)

So, sorry you didn’t enjoy the album, but I think it rules.

Artman
IM: Artman009

Anonymous (April 26, 2002)

For sure limps worst album to date, but still good.

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