...of course, it isnt even that. This album has to be one of the best albums of the past 30 years, although i fear, and know that it will never receive true recognition because of manson's image, and to a lesser extent, the columbine tragedy. The LP tells a tragic story of hate, fear, self-evolution, and ultimately self destruction. I read that manson is writing a book based upon his "tryptych" of albums, of which this is the last, and while i am happy to see this extroadinary story finally being committed to print, i consider the story of this segment to be by far the strongest, and could support a book of its very own. Most people seem to explain the album's genius away at the guest recording of NiN mastermind trent reznor, may i remind those people that he only recorded on 3 tracks, 1 of which hardly utilises his skills, and only one being a truly strong point of the album, and EVEN then, it was a Ramirez (MM guitar genius) and reznor writing collaboration, and you must admit...it does sounds veery ramirezzy. Although, T.R's help on this work must be appreciated, as the turoil this project seemed to attract was...odd. one last thing, i cannot believe that gacy (insane keyboard genius) and berkowitz (dullard so-so guitarist) wrote the fan-f*cking-tastic "irresponsible hate anthem"!!however, manson's uber-cynical,hateful, bitter, but nonetheless relevant lyrics shine through on this track and the whole album, with only one track ("kinderfield") making a large reference to Mansons childhood, which may be lost or misinterpreted on/by the uninformed majority, an incidence which befell (IMHO) the first LP, "portrait of an american family", letting it slip into obscurity. even if you HATE marilyn manson bitterly, you should buy this record, only someone with either very poor or a higher-level-than-humanity taste in music would dislike it. get it. NOW!