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The Dull End Of The Low,
This review is from: High End Of Low (Audio CD)
As a huge Marilyn Manson fan, I was thrilled when he decided to come back to music - having had a solidly excellent back catalogue (I also loved Golden Age... which I know was lost on a lot of people), the only thing Manson could produce was going to be excellence. Imagine my disappointment when Eat Me, Drink Me limped out of the CD player at me.
Manson whas a shell of his former self - gone was the fury, the contempt and the fight against the world that so many people could relate to. Instead, we were left with a whining, broken man, so wrapped up in his own unhappiness that his wife wasn't stroking his precious ego that they got a divorce and he made a record out of it.
With that over, and Twiggy back in the band, I dismissed Eat Me Drink ME as a small hiccup in the otherwise excellent Manson discography - after all, everybody's allowed one mistake, right?
....So whyy the hell has he made all the same mistakes all over again? Once more, Manson's not making music other people can relate to, he's making music entirely about his own personal life. Once more, there is no fury, anger or power, just a hurt and lost child that cna't find somebody to validate his own importance.
The record sounds rushed and under-produced - possibly to make it sound more raw and exposed, but it ends up sounding cheap and half-hearted. There are no rocking antghems, only ballad after ballad - the exact same problem I had with the previous album. I've always felt these songs were Manson's weakest efforts, so why is there, once again, an entire album of them?
Unless he can make a completely outstanding follow up, I think my worst fears have been confirmed - Manson is a spent musical force, doomed to bitch on about his own mis-guided self importance and his own unhappiness with album after album of badly produced and lazy whine-athons. Go and buy something else.