Top critical review
Not terrible, but not fantastic.
March 13, 2000
Marilyn Manson, misaligned man of malice and malignant music...he's not great, he's not goth, he's not glam...but is he good? I guess. Oh...yeah, you heard me right. He's not goth, nor has he ever been goth, even when they were once called The Spooky Kids. There's a difference between being a poser halloween freak show and a real goth. Nonetheless, at least with the Spooky Kids, their fixation on halloween it mimicked the Black Sabbath aesthetic for harsh music and horrific imagery. All you idiots who think that's goth need to put your head in a guillotine and listen to Joy Division, The Cure, and Ikon for awhile. Anyway, that said, this album is somewhat of a step up from "Antichrist Superstar." The problem with the last album was it was a ripoff of NIN's sound, and people seemed to think it was shocking. Why the hell is it shocking? What is Manson doing that NIN, Kiss, White Zombie, David Bowie, and Alice Cooper haven't done anywhere from 5-30 years ago? "Mechanical Animals" beckons the same question.Now instead of NIN, he's imitating David Bowie. The music, while still NIN-ish in nature, also rings elements of Bowie's glam days as Ziggy. Manson's been copying Bowie for quite some time already, but this is even less subtle than before (not that it was subtle before either). Even the cover threatens to imitate Bowie's "Alladin Sane." Songs like "Rock is Dead," "I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)," and "Coma White" do show some traces of Manson at least sounding somewhat tolerable musically. Suffice to say that his music is listenable and very unshocking (you fools need to get out more and look at the true greats of good-yet-shocking music). Manson's not terrible, but this album only helps to prove the point that he's not fantastic either. I'm also willing to lay down a bet that Twiggy's gonna leave him soon too. But that's another story. You a Manson fan? Fine...get this album. Not a fan? Then go buy something else. Don't waste your time trying to find reasons to hate this. Just ignore it and let those who like it enjoy themselves. We'd have less public-versus-record industry holy wars if we'd all do that.