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Mechanical Animals Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics

4.5 out of 5 stars 364 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 15 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000AFGM
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 364 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Great Big White World
2. The Dope Show
3. Mechanical Animals
4. Rock Is Dead
5. Disassociative
6. The Speed Of Pain
7. Posthuman
8. I Want To Disappear
9. I Don't Like The Drugs (But The Drugs Like Me)
10. New Model No. 15
11. User Friendly
12. Fundamentally Loathsome
13. The Last Day On Earth
14. Coma White

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There's no question that Marilyn Manson's 1995 album Antichrist Superstar was a great-sounding record. It brooded, ripped, and clattered in all the right places, mixing industrial beats and samples with roaring heavy-metal riffs, echoing Goth keys, and the occasional tuneful pop vocal. But for all the sonic appeal, some of the song-writing wasn't too strong. No such problem on Manson's new record, Mechanical Animals, which forsakes some of the band's former grind in favour of dynamic glam rhythms and good old-fashioned melody. When the band tones down, as on the largely acoustic "Speed of Pain" and "Fundamentally Loathsome", Manson even sounds like a candidate for an Unplugged session. Most often, however, as on "Rock Is Dead", "User Friendly", and "The Dope Show", Mechanical Animals is a brash, decadent, and glittery display of self-indulgent hooks and melodramatic vocals that sounds like Aladdin Sane-era David Bowie and T. Rex at their most boisterous crossed with the more modern sounds of today's industrial nation. --Jon Wiederhorn

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Mechanical Animals was Manson's peak album in many ways, not so much for music as for the direction he would take in the albums to come. Instead of the Sex/Drugs/RocknRoll theme, this album explores the room behind the mirror on that lifestyle, as is evident by the names of songs such as Speed of Pain, Rock is Dead, I don't like the drugs but the drugs like me, Coma White, Last day on Earth and countless other incredibly original tracks. Manson breaks away from the Metal God image and goes into something profoundly different, exploring alternate idenities, androgyny, after effects of pleasure and creativity for creativity's sake. This album doesn't have the intense anger and rage behind it as the other 2 did, but it certainly has lost none of the emotional qualities that define his music. Its easy to see how one could interpret a Bowie-esque style here with the glam look and the Omega labelling, but the lyrics remain authentically Manson with the poking and proding at what is percieved as normal, and the mockery and challenge to break away from it all. A nice change of pace from the hard metal, Manson proves he's not just a one dimensional artist but indeed has what it takes to back up the intelligent image he has worked hard to deserve.
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This is the album that made so many listeners drop their headphones just because it didn't sound like antichrist superstar. Yes, superstar is an amazing album, but get over it. This album is also an amazing album, just in a different way. Manson is expanding his view of music and art, something we should all be open to. In the style of David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust, Manson becomes Omega and concludes the journey of the antichrist begun in the album before. Now that the antichrist has grown power he begins to look at what the world has become- a place full of drugs and violence where television is now telling humans what to do. This is showed perfectly in every song. "The Dope Show" is a glam masterpiece perpetuating the theme that we've all become mindless zombies. One of the most interesting songs on the album is "Speed of Pain" which boasts a haunting tune and great lyrics. When Manson sings "I want to sleep, but I can't lay on my back because there's a knife for every day that I've known you," you know this is a man that knows the pain of drugs. The ironically fun "I Don't Like the Drugs but the Drugs Like Me" is full of glamour but also is chucked full of Manson's anger at the world and christianity. The only problem with this album is it comes a bit to close to becoming repetative and noisy in the middle. With songs like "New Model 15" and "Fundamentally Loathsome" back to back it almost makes you want to turn the radio down. But that's the only flaw. Manson concludes the story perfectly with the apocalypse. The song "The End of the World" explains exactly what it says and the final song "Coma White" is an extemely sad and poignet expression of exactly what the album states.Read more ›
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This album is musically brilliant! Gary Glitter/David Bowie esque glamrock, with a slight electrosynth tinge.... ITS GOOD!
However, it is in the storyline where we find the brilliance on the record. Manson plays two characters in this, these being the "Marilyn" or good side, called Alpha, and the "Manson" or dark side, called Omega. Even though the caracters are the same person, they represent opposite sides of the personality, with Alpha being naieve, hopeful and somewhat charitable, whilst Omega is a cynical, bitter manic-depressive addicted to every drug in California.
As for the songs....
1. Great Big White World: Genuinely goregous glam track, sung by Alpha, as he is horrified by the conformity of our world.
2. The Dope Show: Musically brilliant, this lets us in on Omega's cynicism, and the emptiness of his fame.
3. Mechanical Animals: Alpha dealing with the mechanical nature of this "Bride".
4: Rock Is Dead: Industrio/Glam mixture, Omega bitching over the agonisingly ignorant criticism he recieves for being controversial. Damn catchy too.
5. Dissassociative: Omega overdoses on drugs (again), obstensibly for his depression, and reverts to Alpha, seeing the world as a "Dead Astronaut". Very Bowie, and very good.
6. Speed of Pain: Omega, now on a come down, vents his angst, and it is here where we first see his despiar.
7: Posthuman: Alpha, infuriated at the superficiality of our world and our religion, reminds us of the Antichrist Superstar and tells us to wake up to our god being a Statistic.
8: I want to dissapear: Omega, full of anger and frustration, blasts us in a punk sneer about how shallow he has become thanks to our screwed up society.
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By A Customer on June 27 2004
Format: Audio CD
This was a change of pace for Marilyn Manson after the heavy metal goth of Smells Like Children and Antichrist Superstar.And its also in my opinion his greatest work.Well actually the band's greatest work because hed be nowhere without John 5,Madonna Wayne Gacy,Ginger Fish and especially Twiggy Ramirez.I think Marilyn's best vocal work is on here and to me the riffs have never been better than on this album.He toned the lyrical content down on most of the songs but some are still pretty dark and disturbing material.I think this is a must have for anyone who likes a combination of hard rock and glam.
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