On Disc: Marilyn Manson

Album: Eat Me, Drink Me

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Eat Me, Drink Me by Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson
Eat Me, Drink Me
Interscope Records

2.5 stars

Since his last release on Interscope Records, America’s favourite anti-hero has added a new and decidedly unique album to his discography.

Instead of tackling conservative “American Dream” values as he has done in the past, Manson chose himself as the subject of Eat Me, Drink Me.

The album was written shortly after the disintegration of his marriage to Dita Von Teese and his subsequent depression and near-suicide. What results is a deeply personal, lonely collection of songs.

This is not the first time he has taken a step away from his Nine Inch Nails-inspired industrial metal style. However, it’s the first time he’s adopted a pure rock sound that, at times, resembles the Smiths or even Bon Jovi.

At first listen the album is intriguing, and many die-hard fans will connect with the raw emotion. The strongest tracks on the album include “They Said that Hell’s Not Hot” and “If I Was Your Vampire.”

But after a while it’s clear that without his former level of social deviance and chilling industrial metal stylings, the excitement is gone.

With that in mind, he’s more a cock-rocker than a shock-rocker, and the timelessness of his former hits just isn’t there.

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