Who's the object of Fred Durst's obsession in Limp Bizkit's new single? Britney Spears? Angelina Jolie?
Perhaps only time (or Fred's journal on limpbizkit.com) will tell, but in the meantime, fans can while away the hours analyzing and debating over the lyrics of "Eat You Alive," which is already getting spins at radio stations in New York and Los Angeles and goes for official adds next week.
"If I could approach you or even get close to the scent you left behind, I'd be fine," Durst sings over a serrated riff that builds for the first half of the song.
That's the complimentary part. The rest is pretty disturbing. Regardless of who it's aimed at, the sonic love letter is more likely to yield restraining orders than late-night pillow talk. Durst, who's at a loss as to why his little filly won't enter his stable, seems ambivalent about whether to be sad, apologetic or resentful.
"Hey, you, Ms. Too-Good-To-Look-My-Way/ And that's cool, you want nothing at all to do with me," he sings as the song builds and he gets more irate. "But I want you, ain't nothing wrong with wanting you/ 'Cause I'm a man and I can think what the hell I want, you got that straight!?"
Scary, for sure, but it's the chorus that should give the gal he craves reason to program the speed dialer to 911: "No doubt that I'd love to sniff on them panties/ I'd eat you alive," he roars.
Musically, "Eat You Alive" offers a clean break from rap-metal with a sound halfway between Metallica and Disturbed. At the song's midpoint, Bizkit shift tone, dropping the volume in favor of soft rimshots, a delicate bassline and ringing notes. Then they start to build the wall back up with woozy, weaving, psychedelic guitars and more obsessive wordplay: "Once you seep in under my skin/ There's nothing in this world that could wash you away."
At the end of the line, Durst apologizes for his nasty thoughts while accompanied by a wall of shimmering guitar, then reiterates that he'd eat you alive.
A video for the track was shot last week by Durst in the woods of Los Angeles and features a combination of performance footage and a twisted plot line. The clip will hit in about two weeks, a band spokesperson said.
The still-untitled fourth Limp Bizkit studio album will drop September 23 and will also include "Stick 'Em," which the band has been playing in concert (see "Limp Bizkit 'Stick' Fans With Two New Songs At Club Gig"), a cover of the Who's "Behind Blue Eyes" and a track that features Snoop Dogg (see "Re-Do Of Who's 'Blue' In Queue For Overdue Bizkit Stew").