Mindless Self Indulgence | Tighter

The End (2011)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 17, 2011
3.5 3.5 Stars

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If MSI's convulsive rave rendering of Method Man's "Bring the Pain" had been rap rock's definitive anthem, history would have changed trajectory. In 1999, MSI's inaugural studio product, Tight, hovered in cult status while Korn and Limp Bizkit skyrocketed to popular acclaim. Here in 2011, Jesus has stolen Korn's lead guitarist, Limp Bizkit have canceled a reunion tour upon realizing they had no reason to reunite, and MSI have all banged My Chemical Romance. Eventually, they all got what they deserved. Tight was too ahead of the curve to save rap rock from itself, and MSI didn't rise to the zenith of Atari-punk glory until 2000's Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy. Maybe the CD/DVD Tighter isn't quite revisiting a "classic," but as long as someone somewhere is hosting a Jolt Cola/Adderall/Super NES party, brain sizzlers like "Pussy All Night" and "Bite Your Rhymes" will remain indispensable. The bonus tracks are mostly filler, but the DVD utterly justifies this deluxe reissue. The mutually antagonistic band/audience relationships from the earliest MSI shows make you wonder how the hecklers would've acted if they'd known they were destroying the future of Fred Durst.
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