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Editors’ Notes

Marilyn Manson, the rocker, is out to shock. Marilyn Manson, the band, is subtler, working away from its previous driving industrial buzz to color the world in shades once anathema to this gang of not-so-merry pranksters. Song titles like "Pistol Whipped" and "Murderers Are Getting Prettier Every Day" indicate that no one's mellowing here, but the actual performances tilt closer to glam rock than the industrial metal one might expect from a band on the comeback trail. There are plenty of nods toward David Bowie's alienated vocal approach; however, Bowie would never dare mouth the lyrics of "Slo-mo-tion" without greater ironic distance, if at all. The naked aggression has been replaced with the muted intensity of "The Flowers of Evil," where the guitars hold off the expected catharsis and Manson emulates the art-rock damage of Sisters of Mercy. Weirdest of all is the cover of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," which features Johnny Depp on guitar. This mix of camp and art-metal aggression either ingratiates or alienates, with little chance for meeting in the middle. 

Customer Reviews


Manson in back in a big way, I was definately not disappointed, Pistol Whipped in my favourite and getting the no reelection video was a +


Manson's back to form on this one !

FINALLY! A solid Manson album!

This is a very solid Marilyn Manson album. I am a huge fan of most Manson eras… but I have to say that the last two albums (EMDM, THEOL) have been lacking something special. Born Villain shows a huge return to form in my opinion. Every time I listen to this album I appreciate it in a different way. And every time I listen to it on different headphones or speakers I hear new sounds and instruments that I hadn't heard before. The songs all sound completely unique and I think there's at least something on here for everyone.


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...
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Born Villain, Marilyn Manson
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Hard Rock, Metal, Dance
  • Released: 27 April 2012

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