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Holy Wood
Holy Wood
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manson Comes Out Fighting:, 21 Nov. 2000
This review is from: Holy Wood (Audio CD)
After taking the moral-majority's blame for the Columbine Highschool Massacre - Mr Manson has come out fighting.
I can't stop listening to this album. I'm a big Manson fan and own all their albums, but lyrically I think this is the best yet. The lyrics are powerful and hard hitting, and amazingly it's the most rebellious album Marilyn Manson have ever released.
This album is more similar to 'Antichrist Superstar' than the last album, 'Mechanical Animals', and this is a good thing.
The album dives in and tackles issues such as religion and being an outsider, issues which so many of us can identify with today. All in all it's a 'pissed-off' album and that is exactly where Manson should be. The guy is extremely intelligent and he has more to say in this record than most artists say in a career.
The first half of the album is instantly likeable, the second half grows on you until it becomes just as likeable. 'The Fight Song' , 'Coma Black' , 'Burning Flag' , 'The Love Song' and 'Target Audience' are all superb tracks with excellent lyrics.
But most of all - Manson is now being played on daytime Radio 1. This is a GOOD THING. The more people who hear this mans music, the better.


Portrait Of An American Family
Portrait Of An American Family
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Manson Makes His First Mark:, 19 Nov. 2000
The first full album from Marilyn Manson produced by his on/off freind Trent Reznor. This is Manson in his 'Evil Willy Wonka' stage and he gives us some amazing songs to kickstart his flight to the top. 'Cake and Sodomy' , 'Lunch Box' , 'Misery Machine' , 'Get Your Gunn' and 'Organ Grinder' are all bonafied Manson classics. Each and every song on this album has something going for it, there is not a bad song here.
Manson always has had alot to see - 'Get Your Gunn' and 'Lunchbox' are classic rebellious anthems which have helped many people though tough times.
If you haven't heard Manson before, start here and work your way up.


Follow The Leader
Follow The Leader
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back To Their Best:, 19 Nov. 2000
This review is from: Follow The Leader (Audio CD)
Don't let the inclusion of Fred Durst put you off. He may feature on one track (All In The Family) and bring the quality down somewhat, but all in all this album is very good, certainly better than 'Life Is Peachy'.
'Freak On A Leash' is one of my favourite Korn songs and is one of their patented furious nu-metal grinds. 'Got The Life' , 'Justin' and 'Dead Bodies Everywhere' are other standout tracks. All in all it's a very good album with only a couple of what I would call 'fillers'.
On a par with the first album. But not better.


Life Is Peachy
Life Is Peachy
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could Do Better Mr Davis:, 19 Nov. 2000
This review is from: Life Is Peachy (Audio CD)
Korn are one of the few nu-metal bands around with any respect and dignity left and this is mainly due to the fact that they are capable of making great music. Jonathan Davis' angst is real, unlike the manufactured angst of leeches of this world such as Fred Durst of the horrible Limp Bizkit.
But this album, in my opinion, is not their greatest. The debut album, 'Follow The Leader' and 'Issues' are all better. But that's not to say this album is not worth getting. There are some bland, by the numbers tracks on here, but songs such as 'Good God', 'No Place To Hide', 'Chi' and 'A.D.I.D.A.S.' are all up to the high Korn standard.
Not their best, not their darkest, but worth the listen.


Amen
Amen
Price: £9.20

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaos Reigns For Amen, 18 Nov. 2000
This review is from: Amen (Audio CD)
This album is fast hard punk rock at it's very best. Produced by the already legendary Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot etc) this album contains songs which will never ever be played on your mainstream radio. Songs that will never ever make it into the UK Top 40. In other words - Damn great songs.
Amen do not hold back, the pace and energy of the album is unrelenting. It's pointless trying to explain WHY the album should be in your collection, all you need to do is listen to the opening track, 'Coma America', and you will forevermore be unable to Refuse Amen.


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