I have owned this album since the release date and have been a long term fan of Marilyn Manson. I am rarely compelled to write reviews on albums however having listened to this album many many times since owning I suddenly realised today that "good God this album is good!! I must tell people!!". The main reason for my surprise was that while I loved Antichrist, Mechanical Animals & Holywood, the last two albums were quite simply awful and I bought this more out of hope then any real sense of expectation. The main reason it has taken me so long to realise how good this album is is largely based on the lack of imagery associated with this collection of songs. It is by and large the first Marilyn Manson album that has lacked a proper identity since 'Portrait' and it is this reason alone (and the frankly dire 'we're from America') That has stopped me rating this 5 stars. Not wishing to risk hyperbole this sounds like a straight up amalgamation of his three best albums with more of a lean to Antichrist then anything (although don't get too excited - Antichrist it ain't!!). There's not many really truly rocking songs, instead largely slower more introverted tracks but what is most important is subject matter, with a huge swing bang to songs about Guns, Gods & Governments!!! There's some songs about love and relationships but it's not done in such an embarrassing way like on the last album and you never feel like the band are trying too hard for subject matter like on 'Golden Age'. I won't go into a breakdown of each individual song but I promise you this album is great if you give it a chance and listen with an open mind. I urge anybody who liked the trilogy to buy this album if they want their faith in the music of this band restored (and not their live act - last good on the Holywood tour - never will be good again!!!).