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5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Age of Grotesque
Right, I've had this album for over a year now and it's still amazing! I've given this album 5 stars, however I still don't think that it is as strong as Antichrist Superstar or Mechanical Animals, not lyrically anyway. Any listeners who listened to this and thought that Manson had sold out, just bear in mind that it has always been his intention to infect the mainstream...
Published on 24 July 2004 by Matt Ison
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3.0 out of 5 stars bland in the extreme
So i have lissened many times, gave it time and i felt compeled to write a review of this ultimatly dissapointing album. Though i liked holywood there was alot of filler on there which dented the overall impact of the good stuff so i was hopeing this would be his definative album. While not his worst it certaintly isn't his best. This album starts strong with this is...
Published on 17 May 2003 by P. Haves
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Golden Age of Boredom,
This review is from: The Golden Age of the Grotesque (Audio CD)Well, i've somehow been duped. Duped into believing that Marilyn Manson is interesting. Let us examine the facts. Sweet Dreams, which introduced us ordinary Canadians to him in 1995 looked interesting. But i never liked the version of the song.
Antichrist Superstar in 1996 was industrial pop-culture metal at a time when that was fresh. It was good. I listened to it a lot. But never really since then.
Mechanical Animals from 1998 hailed him as more than a one-trick pony. For some reason. But the songs didn't really grab me, the sense that he was indeed a one-trick pony was setting in.
Holywood seemed a bit meatier and more enjoyable. But I listened to it maybe a half-dozen times. I thought his preaching about god, guns and America was him losing his edge. Soft, easy targets. And now The Golden Age of Grotesque. it was supposed to be lighter in terms of philosophical content. More fun. A tribute to the decadence of the 30's in Germany and such. That sounded appealing to me. and I bought it. First of all I was disappointed with the album cover, as I have been with each release, to be honest.
Then I played the album. It sounded exactly in every way exactly like all his albums. They don't change. Not in any way. Not at all. They are all exactly the same.
And the hook that everyone loves about the new single mObscene, the cheerleaders, was done in 1992 by the infinitely more talented and creative Faith No More on "Be Aggressive". It sounds exactly the same, only they did it first, they did it better and they did it 11 years ago on Angel Dust, a very well-known and praised album.
I bought the limited edition which comes with a dvd. It's a 25-minute "film" by Marilyn Manson, called Doppelherz. It's choppy footage with a lot of swinging lights. He's reciting poetry over the images. Really bad poetry. It's poetry that he wants to sound "inadvertantly" deep. Sort of blundering into deep philosphical statements. But it doesn't work. And he repeats lines sometimes half a dozen times and more, as if that makes it more poignant. It is such rubbish that it is flatly embarassing. It is hard to watch in its entirety)...
It was really, really juvenile, and NOT intelligent, interesting,
engaging, innovative, or anything.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A departure from Holywood?,
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This review is from: The Golden Age of the Grotesque (Audio CD)AntiChrist superstar, although fantastic in its hard hitting music, was a little weak in lyrics (although does make a few unsubtle points about idolism of superstars in modern society...). Mechanical Animals rectified this with brilliant and intelligent lyrics addressing many issues of our society's obsession with appearance, money, stars, drugs, fun, sex..., but had a dramatically different musical style (although also brilliant, and perfectly complementing to the lyrics). Holywood seemed to combine the music quality with lyric quality, whilst adressing issues relating to religion, government, morality, and the use of violence.
Golden Age of Grotesque follows suite very nicely from Holywood, dealing with again the issues of morality, violence and selfimage / appearance. However, the lyrics are perhaps more varied, sometimes subtle, other times hard-hitting. It is certainly outwardly less dark than Holywood, but perhaps the issues hit a little closer to home on an individual level - you can relate to the thoughts, and certainly will have at least encountered friends or aquaintances who behave in these ways - showing in stark relief the disfunction of current society at the individual level. So, maybe more disturbing when you stop to think about it... maybe darker in another way than Holywood.
Highly recomended CD. Good background listening, but, more so excellent thought provoking music.
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow - just simple wow,
This review is from: The Golden Age Of Grotesque (Audio CD)ladies and gentlemen can i have your attention please. This album deserves respect. it is as we call it the muttz nuttz. The irst few tracks grip you like a grape in a vice. after that the momentum still keeps hitting you. the bonus material of baboon rape party and taintd love just add a new dimension.
FAVE TRACK: tough one. i would say use your fist and not your mouth but you could have picked any from mobscene, dulld agga buzz buzz ziggety zag and tainted love
WORST TRACK: para-noir i think. the only one i would struggle with
easily his best album and all the more for it. give it up for the maniac of metal sir mariyln manson!
11 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing...,
This review is from: Golden Age Of Grotesque + DVD [Japan] (Audio CD)After waiting so long for this release, it does not come up to the standard i would expect from Manson, especially after releasing the brilliant "Holywood".
This album seems to be his happiest album yet - with no real statements made about religion, government, death or drugs - unlike Holywood which was loaded with lyrics that made you think.
However, there are a few great tracks on it- This is the New ****, mOBSCENE, Use Your Fist and Not Your Mouth, s(AINT), The Bright Young things. Some of these, (and some others not mentioned), are spoilt by daft lyrics.
It is definitely worth buying however -if not for the music, then for the excellent artwork and bonus disc.
"i woke up today and wished for tomorow, i dont want to be like anyone else" - Marilyn Manson
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars hrm....,
This review is from: The Golden Age Of Grotesque (Audio CD)this is not one of mansons best but if you are a fan its a must have
4 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Its all about the money,
This review is from: The Golden Age Of Grotesque (Audio CD)My mom once said to me that Marilyn manson is someone who is really p****d. No chance he is just money grabbing his earlier stuff is good such as fightsong and beautiful people but this is terrible. I do not own the album but i have heard the 2 singles mobscene and they are terrible and the singles are supposed to be the best songs. If someone is really p****d they will have something to say not sing about. The lyrics are terrible and mobscene dont get me started he goes and makes up a word and sings about it. All Marilyn Manson is doing is laughing at everybody who buys this album its all about money now for him. If you really want an album with some power and meaning buy Rage against the machine or better yet any Alice in chains album.
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