Marilyn Manson, Eat Me Drink Me

Remember when goth shock-rocker Marilyn Manson scared the shit out of people? Back in ’95 I couldn’t even watch the video for his cover of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” without squirming. His sixth record, Eat Me Drink Me, still fills me with that flinching fear. Except now it’s one of horror, as Manson has made such such a boring and predictable record. Never before has such a controversial artist sounded so irrelevant. Gone are any sources of viciousness and chaos that his dark musical trilogy (1996’s Anti-Christ Superstar, 1998’s Mechanical Animals and 2000’s Holy Wood) provided. Instead, Eat Me settles for dated 80’s guitar solos, routine drum fills, and squeaky-clean production. Manson has stated that this is his most personal work to date, but his vocals are obscured with annoying distortion, ruining any impact his lyrics may have had. Either Manson needs to wake up, lose the gloss and return to his gritty roots or pull a Rob Zombie and start making horror films. Let’s hope for the former. (Interscope/Universal)

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