After the ear-bashing of the superb Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals is a step down. Once again it tells the story of someone being twisted by American society, though this time it is the film industry and its drugs culture which come under fire. The story is started by reading a large block of writing at the start of the manual by placing the blue CD case over a yellow and green splurge, an intruiging and very Mansonish element. Marilyn Manson incorporates glam rock with its original heavy metal brilliantly, resulting in an album which anyone can enjoy, with high, songs, low songs, quiet songs and loud songs. A girl, Coma White, who adorns the front cover of the album, is the focus of the album. She is taken in by the beauty-filled drug culture of the film industry (Dope Show, New Model 15) used (Rock is Dead, Posthuman) Abused (User Friendly, Dont Like the Drugs) and left to rot (Fundametally Loathsome, Coma White). The songs are not in the chronological order of the story, the order is found in the booklet However this isnt an album you'll want to study, youll want to listen to it. The moshing tunes of Rock is Dead, Posthuman, I Want to Dissapear and New Model 15 are the best, whilst the Dope Show and User Friendly are glam rock with MMs trademark touch of cynism. Mechanical Animals stands alone as a brilliant piece of pure rock, whilst Dont Like the Drugs is experimentation taken to the extreme, with gospel singers adding an unusaul touch. The rest of the album is slow, melodic songs which blend excellently with the more upbeat ones. They include the stark Great Big White World, the moaning almost-love-songs Speed of Pain, Fundametally Loathsome and Last Day on Earth, Dissasociative with its chorus crying out for help, and the beautifully sad Coma White which finishes off the album with a flourish. MA is much easier to listen to than any other MM album, and this makes it second only to ACS. A great blend of every emotion possible.