- LP Record (July 10 2012)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Dine Alone Records
- ASIN: B007KL8WAM
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Born Villain (2LP Vinyl)
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Vinyl LP pressing. 2012 album from the Gothic Shock Rock icon. Marilyn Manson has had astounding success across the globe including three albums being certified platinum and three more certified gold in the USA, in addition to three Top Ten albums and two #1 albums (Mechanical Animals and The Golden Age of Grotesque).
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"Hey, Cruel World..." is a heavy balls out opener, it kicks off the album very well and it's unmistakably Manson at his best. Here it's Manson against/taking on the world which is the way it should always be. I already talked about "No Reflection", it's the single and I think it's a fantastic song and a good choice of first single for the album. "Pistol Whipped" has a cool but odd beginning I thought, almost modern Techno/Electro that is misleading but sure enough it turns out to be a killer, heavy track with a definite Industrial feel. "Overneath the Path of Misery" sounds like something that could have been on Holywood and I think it will surprise a few fans, haven't heard those soaring screams in years. "Slo-Mo-Tion" is one of the songs I really liked but as I listened more and more the album it grew on me. "The Gardener" is one of the most interesting songs here for me. I quite like the lyrics and. "The Flowers of Evil" is a slower-paced song until it picks up during the chorus where it sounds powerful, it doesn't sound too Manson-like but that's what cool about it, it's different and it works. Many reviewers haven't been too keen on this song but I enjoy it. "Children of Cain" is a highlight for me, of course with a MM album you expect some sort of bible reference, a poke at Christianity and I just love how they integrated the piano on this one it makes the song (and the chorus) that much better. "Breaking the Same Old Ground" is a slower and softer song, approaching tender ballad territory here which is not bad in this case."I always liked MM's cover songs (there have been many excellent ones over the years; Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Tainted Love, Personal Jesus) and "You're So Vain" is no exception (although far from his *best* cover) and he continues to make me like songs I generally wouldn't enjoy that much. It's an unlisted track and the guitars and drums are provided by none other than actor Johnny Depp. I realize I didn't go through every song, including the title track but I think you get the idea.
Although it seems Born Villain is generally well-received there's been some criticism concerned Marilyn's voice. Personally I think his voice fits the music well and perhaps was written with his vocal limitations in mind and there's no problem with that, it works on the album as far as I'm concerned. The lyric this time around are less personal and not focused on relationships and much more Manson like in that sense. Lyrically it's probably his better album since Holywood, at least Golden Age of Grotesque in that sense it's a return to form and less about Brian Warner and more Marilyn Manson. Interestingly on Born Villain Marilyn repeats verse something he never experimented with and for the most part it works well because he never repeats the verse the same exact way. On a side note, the drums on this album are fantastic throughout and stand out in such a way that I felt I had to mention them in this review.
Am I the only one who found the packaging dull? I like the artwork but there is no booklet (lyrics can instead be found on the album's website) like there used to be and for the physical aspect it's just cardboard with another picture where that was clearly place for more art (nice job on the back cover, I like the way the lettering was put together). Just a thought.
Best song? There a few contenders for sure but I think it's how well the songs flow together and the feel of the music more than anything that makes Born Villain such an enjoyable Marilyn Manson album. Without a doubt Manson's creative "peak" so to say is generally agreed upon by fans to be the Antichrist Superstar-Mechanical Animals-Holywood trilogy and those are classic Manson and amazing albums and while Born Villain does not equal them it's a solid album that deserves to be looked at on its own. Born Villain is called a comeback album for the God of f***, if anything it's an honest album and a reflection of where MM is at in his life and to be fair it's a better reflection then we've been getting for the past two-three albums. 4.5/5 stars, I'm surprised at how much I liked it to me it's the most enjoyable Marilyn Manson album since HolyWood more than a decade ago now and I'm sure I will be playing it for some time to come.
Overneath The Path Of Misery (second best song)
Children Of Cain
Born Villain (best song)
Breaking The Same Old Ground
I love this album and the best album I have heard from Marilyn since Holy Wood.