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“Everything has been said before / Nothing left to say anymore” says Marilyn Manson on “This Is the New Sh*t,” and from there he goes on to deploy his usual themes of sex, drugs, decadence, and deliberately offensive heavy industrial hard rock ‘n’ roll. Oddly, Manson’s become one of the only rock stars looking to offend in the new century. And apparently he does so with the full knowledge that his same sense of shock, awe and confrontation isn’t about to reinvent anything at this point in time. The wheel has been done. “Use Your Fist and Not Your Mouth” seems diametrically opposite Manson’s actual approach. Manson’s music may reach for the gut but he intends to win his arguments with his disturbing and intriguing imagery, not with calls to gratuitous violence. “mOBSCENE” and “(s)AINT” are subversively catchy tunes that sneak their messages and anti-societal goals past you with sleek grooves that motor like a well-oiled sportscar. Manson may not always have much new to say, but he does so with panache and style. 

Customer Reviews

Great for first time MM fans

This was the first Marilyn Manson album I ever bought when its first single, Mobscene, would not leave my head for days after I heard it on the radio. All in all, this is a very good album, but after listening to Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals and Holy Wood, I must say that this is not one of his best. The first half of the album is great but the second half gets a little too poppy for my tastes. I would definetly recommend this to people looking to get into this guy's music, but long time fans will probably be disappointed.

Marilyn Manson's best album

I think this is the best Marilyn Manson album he has written. Many would say this is not his best because the lyrics could have been better or it was too poppy on some songs, but all the songs have the awesome sound of the album name, no doubt about that. I would recommend this album to anyone who is looking for good Manson songs. Im surprised that this album is not valued as much as some of Manson's previous work such as "Antichrist Superstar" and "Holy Wood". I give it 5 stars.


The song 'Spade' is my favorite song on this album. It's pretty underrated, so you should take a listen.


Formed: 1989 in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Marilyn Manson, the self-proclaimed "Antichrist Superstar," became a mainstream antihero, much to the chagrin of conservative politicians and concerned parents. His vision of dark, arty, industrial metal pushed many of his singles -- including "The Dope Show," "The Beautiful People," and a cover of Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" -- into the upper reaches of the modern rock charts during the late '90s and early 2000s. Born Brian Warner, Manson was raised in Canton, Ohio. At the age...
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