In 2005, a Limp Bizkit album was a difficult proposition; rap-metal's fading popularity and the media antics of lead singer Fred Durst made the band seem like a guilty pleasure. That's why THE UNQUESTIONABLE TRUTH (PART 1) is such a surprise. Gone are the silly, frat-boy shenanigans and bubble-gum hooks. In their place are dark, political, and super-heavy songs that seem to channel all the group members' disillusionment into one torrential, communal outpouring of angst. "The Priest" consists of a spooky, spoken-word rundown of the world's problems over moody bass and raging full-band dissonance. "The Channel" takes a serpentine stoner-rock riff and grinds it ad infinitum, mirroring the narrator's seemingly endless string of complaints. Only "The Key" brings back a bit of vintage Bizkit by employing an old-school hip-hop funk riff. Even that song, though, deals in pitch-black existentialism. A challenging, emotionally raw, and seriously rocking effort, THE UNQUESTIONABLE TRUTH (PART 1) officially re-stakes a claim for Limp Bizkit's credibility.
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