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About the album,
This review is from: Holy Wood (Audio CD)
Here is a bit more background information about the album, that I didn't include in my previous review (Great - but not his best).
Here's a bit of background to the album: After the Columbine killings, Manson was blamed for the killings (although it was later found the kids who did the shooting hated Manson and his music), Manson's Rock is Dead tour (Mechanical Animals) was cut short, and Manson, fearing for his life, fled to his home where he had to spend 3 (count em!) whole months hiding in his attic from the public. He spend the months ferociously writing song after song for the album 'Holy Wood', very embittered. Manson wrote an article about the Columbine Killings for Rolling Stone magazine, which you find if you look around a bit.
The album is mainly about society, especially American society, and how the media glamorises deaths. Manson has moved on from his personas of the Antichrist Superstar and the androgynous alien rockstar Omega, and is now (though less obvious) Adam Kadmon, the original human (from Jewish mysticism). Manson said: "It was sort of pointing out that circle that religion is the origin of entertainment, and I was trying to show that I could relate my life to characters in history like Christ or Kennedy or John Lennon and how people are often martyred for being misunderstood".
[...] says "The album itself is a product of Hebrew Kabala, celebrities and serial killers, biblical scripture, freemasonry, history, and bizarre internet resources. He draws on the Tarot cards, much as he does front page news, to produce his most brilliant work". The site is great for analysing MM and his works. A moderately detailed analysis of Holy Wood and of the other albums can also be found at [...]
There is no doubt about it, spend long enough analysing the lyrics, and you will see that Manson put a huge amount of depth into this album.