The biggest note of contest in this album that I have is the prescence of so many filler tracks that should have been delegated to b-side status WAY back during the Death Valley sessions. Other then that, and the fact that Blur, Ozzy and NIN get ripped off in keen detail, this is MM's second best album, and it outdistances the far inferior "Antichrist Superstar"(Trent Reznor singlehandedly provided the shine in that one's spit)and "The Golden Age of Grotesque".
There are a few impressive moments of dazzling showmanship, when the musical agenda becomes clearly defined with the capable backbone of good musical craftsmanship to brace it. Songs like "Born Again", "President Dead", "Coma Black" and the title track showcase this. But, alas, it quickly becomes fatigued by its overextended welcome, and by the numerous anti-climatic moments that retard its objective. It's still, I think, far more interesting then the likes of Korn and Mudvayne(...) and the dynamics of polished harmony, strong melodies, and good production values(...) cement it as a good, 3 star release. I'd reccomend it. The blasphemy lingers, a little, and that distances my full on acceptance of it as important social commentary. I personally don't see the value of art when it trashes God, the same why I don't dig the irresponsible and low IQ banter of rap(most rap, anyway), but more then not, the narrative deals with the violence of an alienated heart, trying to find its way across the dark landscape of the troubled soul(in this case, HolyWood). All in all, not bad and not too shabby. Manson's detractors(myself included)were a little more then impressed when this disc came along, as it reveals more songwriting strength one does not normally associate with the MM camp. Here's to hoping that they make a future disc that not only reinvents itself, but betters this one. Untill then, this stands as their second finest to date.Buy it here at Amazon.