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Review of The Golden Age of Grotesque

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Look at me be the pasty-skinned spawn of Ziggy Stardust and Gene "The Demon" Simmons!

Look at me as I scare the Bible Belt of America senseless with my one white eye, face make-up and S&M gear from hell!

Look at my ooky and oh-so-freaky antics on stage and video!

Look at me, damn it!

Yes, we're looking at you (kinda hard not to you albino drama queen!), that's never been the problem...no, our problem has always been the same: what about your music?

Yes, Marilyn Manson has no doubt mastered the art shocking the lemmings with his appearance and goth schtick but when it comes down to his music he's anything but shocking. Seriously, take away the outside crap and reduce him to just being a recording artist and all you've really got is a guy who knows how to harvest a good creepy vibe into very basic songs. Now this works great to a certain point but eventually savvy listeners start picking up on the minimal internal evolution of the sound.

Marilyn Manson has evolved to some extent but he still very much relies on his goth schtick as a crutch and it shows in his music. Seriously, when was the last time that he was relevent?

Yeah, it's what I thought too.

He's managed to marry goth and glam nicely but now it's time to move forward artistically before his career completely becomes a footnote.

4/10
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10 years ago on 8 August 2007 03:01




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