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Mechanical Animals

Marilyn Manson

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Album Review

Antichrist Superstar performed its intended purpose — it made Marilyn Manson internationally famous, a living realization of his fictional "antichrist superstar." He had gained the attention of not only rock fans, but the public at large; however, many critics bestowed their praise not on the former Brian Warner, but on Trent Reznor, Manson's mentor and producer. Surely angered by the attention being focused elsewhere, he decided to break from Reznor and industrial metal with his third album, Mechanical Animals. Taking his image and musical cues from Bowie, Warner reworked Marilyn Manson into a sleek, androgynous space alien named Omega, à la Ziggy Stardust, and constructed a glammy variation of his trademark goth metal. With pal Billy Corgan as an unofficial consultant and Soundgarden producer Michael Beinhorn manning the boards, Manson turns Mechanical Animals into a big, clean rock record — the kind that stands in direct opposition to the dark, twisted industrial nightmares he painted with his first two albums. It can make for a welcome change of pace, since his glammed-up goth is more tuneful than his clattering industrial cacophony, but it lacks the cartoonish menace that distinguished his prior music.

Customer Reviews

Oddly Refreshing

Considered Marilyn Manson's most audacious album to date, Mechanical Animals focuses on anthems about drugs, alienation and conformism. A truly deep and emotional album that inspired me to start listening to music once again. Although the album has the apparent mood of gloom and depression, it contains, what I consider to be the most original selections I have ever heard. With all of the cluttered pop/rap/hip-hop garbage out in the mainstream, it's very refreshing to know that some musicians aren't afraid to try something different. If you're looking for something different and/or looking to delve into the Industrial Metal genre, here's an album that you will enjoy from start to finish.

Marilyn Manson is a genius

beliee it or not,Mr. Manson intended to get the reaction some gave him.if you loved it (like i did) then you noticed the brilliant artistic message that this whole album creates.Yes this album was written by Marilyn Manson,but if you look at it like Marilyn Manson was writing a movie,and the movie required a "glam rock" or almost pop band, Omega and the Mechanical Animals is that band.Omega is Marilyn Manson's creation,Omega is some kind of extra terrestrial pop star of the semi distant future.this album has several depressing songs on it and the ones that aren't depressing on the surface,you soon realize that it is a front and he is being sarcastic.I think this band is from the future,possibly the year 3000 or sometime around then.Some of the songs sound like love songs,like "The Last Day On Earth" but it is really all in how you look at it.That song reminds me of my Beautiful fiance ,i believe Marilyn Manson is a believer in love.Although i am only 16,i have really fallen in love with my girlfriend and we will go on to get married and have children.and if you think i am rediculous,then you either are ignorant to the reality of love,or you have been in love and were hurt by the out come.if that is the case, then please believe me when i tell you that they weren't the one and that love will strike again.that is my gift to you.enjoy the review,enjoy the album,and most of all enjoy Marilyn Manson and ENJOY LIFE AND LOVE.

The best album of the 90's

Many Manson fans are divided on whether MA or AS is his best album. For intense, creepy music, Antichrist Superstar wins. But for good melodies, good rifts, and good music all together, Mechanical Animals gets the prize. You could listen to this entire album all the way through and then listen to it three more times that same day, it's that enjoyable. My favorites on here are Great Big White World, Disassociative, Rock Is Dead, I Don't Like The Drugs (But The Drugs Like Me), and Coma White. This is one of the best albums of the 90's and will probably go down in musical history as Marilyn Manson's greatest effort.


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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