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Born Villain CD
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Marilyn Manson continues to upend the mainstream with each new release, and his upcoming album Born Villain is about to take that a bit further release on 30 April 2012. "The new record put simply has the ambition and determination of how I started making music in the first place," Manson says. "It sounds like the first record in that it's not afraid to do anything. I had to remove myself from my lifestyle and start fresh. "It doesn't really sound like any of my old records," Manson says in an upcoming Revolver magazine cover story. "In fact it sort of sounds like what I listened to before I made records Killing Joke, Joy Division, Revolting Cocks, Bauhaus, Birthday Party...It's very rhythm-driven. I think this will probably be the grandest concept record of all." The tumultuous relationship Marilyn Manson has cultivated with the public through his genre-defying music and anti-status quo message of thinking for oneself has resulted in sold-out tours, protests, legal battles, adoration, hate, more than 50 million records sales, award-winning distilled spirits, several Grammy nominations and, most importantly, a long list of some of the most enduring and powerful singles ever, such as Lunchbox, Get Your Gunn Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) The Beautiful People, Antichrist Superstar, Tourniquet, The Dope Show, I Don t Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me), The Fight Song, (m)Obscene Heart-Shaped Glasses, Coma White and If I Was Your Vampire. Born Villain will be released on Cooking Vinyl and Manson's own label Hell, Etc. Marilyn Manson has had astounding success across the globe including three albums being certified platinum and three more certified gold in the USA, in addition to three top ten albums and two number-one albums (Mechanical Animals and The Golden Age of Grotesque).
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Basically this album is more or less in the vein of the last two albums. If those albums really weren't your thing, then this probably won't win you over.
That said, it is closer to his older (2003 and earlier) stuff than those 2 albums. Tracks 4 & 11 are definitely Industrial Metal in the vein of his older stuff. In fact I'd say they're a lot better than the rather contrived "Fight Song" and "Disposable Teens" (sacred cows now maybe, but at the time of release they sounded very unoriginal compared to the curveball that was Mechanical Animals). Pistol Whipped sounds very much like his Golden Age of Grotesque stuff to me.
Manson compares the album to Killing Joke, Bauhaus et al, and I think that's a fair comparison.
The Carly Simon cover is fun.
Overall I enjoyed it much more than High End of Low or Golden Age of Grotesque. If you're a Manson nutter you will definitely find some things to love in this album. For newcomers I'd recommend his 90s albums over this. Not the same as the old days but still a fun album if you're in the mood, rounded off by 4 or 5 really good songs.
The album has a very good mid section in the Songs The Flowers of Evil and Children of Cain. There are no album fillers to me. If you have never bought a MM album because of who he is then to me you are missing out. This would be a good album for you to start in his collection especially if you like Heavy Rock / Metal Music. Throughout the songs swing from very melodic one moment then to raging Metal sound the next , which I for one love. Buy this album and you will not be disappointed .
Opening track "Hey, Cruel World..." starts off gentle enough with an intro thats like "Diary of the Dope Hats" before unleashing a barrage of drums and guitars and a shrieking Manson, it also features a great bass line that drives that song throughout. "Overneath The Path Of Misery" Manson sounds like a song that wouldn't have been out of place on "Antichrist Superstar" and again features some great bass lines (which are a big feature of the album) with big drums and a great sounding synth. There's "Pistol Whipped" that shuffles along with a big glam sound, it really suits the song which has a big groove to it and it is one of the stand out songs on the album.
"The Flowers Of Evil" has a hint of Sisters Of Mercy about it while "Children of Cain" stars off with a big looped beat that captures Manson at his nineties best. "Murders Are Getting Prettier Every Day" starts off at a very fast paced and then gets even faster as the song goes on, and features a big break down that gives away to a crazy guitar solo. Manson was always at his best when he was writing alongside original band mate Twiggy Ramirez and it definitely helps that Twiggy is alongside Manson doing the music as is Chris Vrenna who unfortunately has since left the band. The album also features an interesting cover version of the Carly Simon song "You're So Vain" which features Johnny Depp.
With "Born Villain" Marilyn Manson has returned a revitalised man with his best album in years, it's full of big sounding songs the type he does so well and it does recall elements of his earlier work, just when it seemed Manson had nothing left to offer the music world and seemed to be more interested in his own alcohol brand he delivers his best album in along time.
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