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Born Villain

Marilyn Manson

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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

A true return to form.

This album easily sits beside Holy Wood and Mechanical Animals in Mansons library. The album feels very dark and loud, and Mansons vocals sound much like the Animals or Superstar era, much better than previous albums vocal attempts. From the vocals to the sonic elements, and the dramatic "artistic" parts of the album, it truly feels like Manson is inspired again. After the very sombre effort that was The High End of Low, it is truly great to hear Manson going back to his angry and passionate roots.

His lyricism has also evolved from self doubt to a more violent poetry. I can't wait to truly decipher each line and find the hidden messages, just like every Manson album is truly a message in a bottle.

I think we have a real hit!

It’s been a hell of a long time coming. Marilyn Manson, once popular for up heaving the music industry, fell into a state of sorrow and stagnation following his 2003 effort The Golden Age Of Grotesque. Many followers would probably have you believe that 2001’s Holy Wood was the last “masterpiece” he put out with much of what has followed just filling the gaps and burning the bridges of his broken relationships and self pitying.

Born Villain is in essence a rebirth for the band and Marilyn Manson as a persona, only metaphorically speaking though as the record shamelessly steals bits and pieces from pretty much everything they have ever produced, this is in no way negative though and actually provides the album with a sturdy backbone and provides and instantly familiar feeling. As such, Villain is highly recommended as a starting point for the Manson uninitiated.

Here are reviews of what I consider to be the best.

"It’s been known as Born Villain, No Reason… now we have the final version of what is now known as Overneath the Path of Misery. It opens with a quote from Macbeth, harping back to the vocal delivery of Portrait Of An American Family. This song takes no prisoners, and should be played loud. Lyrically it’s one of the albums strongest, sonically it is jaw dropping. Proof that Marilyn Manson still has a lot to give and definitely on par with material from earlier albums. The song kind of plods along until breaking down into high-pitched screams and spoken word for the bridge and chorus. Very unexpected and brilliantly crafted, the bass on this is simply fantastic. (9/10)

Okay, I have a soft spot for Mansons more “produced” and “synthetic” songs, a la Mechanical Animals. This song HIT THE SPOT for me. The lyrics are sarcastic and quirky and the vocal delivery is pant wettingly hot. Slo-mo-tion is such a clever little track with amazing attention to details in the form of lots of little noises and blips scattered all over. The delivery of the lyrics is my favourite part; it’s almost in slow motion (see what he did there?). Of all the tracks on Born Villain this is the dirtiest, definitely one to grind too. (9/10)

The Flowers Of Evil is next, featuring a lengthy introduction comprised of noise, this time more reminiscent of albums like Smells Like Children. This is another track that has divided opinion; I’ll say right now that it’s one of my absolute favourites. Musically it’s varied and interesting and follows brilliantly from The Gardener. The track is unexpected and goes places you think it wont, it layers itself slowly, progressively building up to a fantastic climax. Lyrically I like the zombie references, I assumes it’s about being dead (or undead) in some form. His vocals are crisp here, and the wailing and growling toward the end had my knees buckling. Kudos to Vrenna, even more great synthetic nuances. (9/10)

Oh, how I love the introduction to this track. Another track reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails, this time in the form of Closer (this quickly changes however). Children of Cain is interesting and took some time to grow on me, it would have fit in place on Holy Wood and has the same goth / doom sound to it. Very bass driven and very deep it’s another track that pounds along to Manson wailing and growling. Lyrically it’s interesting containing clear references to religion and politics and possibly even witchcraft (?) I can imagine that this could be interesting live. (8/10)

And onto the albums official closer, and only real full ballad. Breaking The Same Old Ground has a Coma Black / Man That You Fear feel to it, I love this track and think it’s a great way to close such a relentless and heavy album. Lyrically it could be stronger but again, the attention to detail here and the heart wrenching vocal delivery really elevate it above any of the ballads found on the past two records. It doesn’t fuss too much about being too interesting or experimental and plays it relatively safe, but to say that it’s possibly the only track on here that does, that’s impressive. A special mention to the key change at the end, a masterful trick! (9/10)

Here is another album closer (only this is a bonus track) and another Marilyn Manson cover song. You’re So Vain sticks very closely to the original, and has a brain melting introduction… How great this would be on a dance floor. The addition of Johnny Depp isn’t noticed, which is either good or bad depending on how you look at it. Manson rarely disappoints with his cover songs and this is no exception, its one of his more basic renditions and sticks to simple sounds and vocals. The rolling guitars and bass provide a great hook and sound tasty through headphones. I have to say this is one of my favourite covers of his due to its raw sound. Fantastic. (9/10)"

8/10

Whatever happened to MM

I never do reviews but i feel like i have to on this album! It is shockingly bad! It's like he's just pleased his self with his music and not worried what people think! anybody that likes his early stuff won't like this!

Biography

Formed: 1989 in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Genre: Rock

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

Love him or hate him, the self-proclaimed "Antichrist Superstar" — Marilyn Manson — was indisputably among the most notorious and controversial entertainers of the 1990s. Celebrated by supporters as a crusader for free speech and denounced by detractors as little more than a poor man's Alice Cooper, Manson was the latest in a long line of shock rockers, rising to the top of the charts on a platform of sex, drugs, and Satanism. Though widely dismissed by critics, his brand of metal nevertheless...
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Hard Rock, Metal, Dance
  • Released: 27 April 2012

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