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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 songwriting wasn't too strong. No such problem on Manson's new record, Mechanical Animals, which forsakes some of the band's former grind in favor 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, MM album number four, marks a total shift in Manson's assault. Where the Antichrist Superstar game plan was about gaining notoriety through outrage, rather than winning souls over on musical grounds, Mechanical Animals aims straight for the singalong heart of stadium-land. And rips it out, and holds it aloft in triumph. -- New Musical Express

Looking back in mascara'd anger, Manson and [producer Michael] Beinhorn have fashioned music steeped in glam rock and concept-album bombast but updated with a crunching intensity.... He layers the songs with cooing backup singers, electronica burbles, skulking guitars, and synths at their most decadently new wavy. The effect is often spectacular. -- Entertainment Weekly

Manson and producer Michael Beinhorn have rediscovered the adrenalin in '70s glam-rock, sprinkling Gary Glitter and Ziggy Stardust over Gothic theatrics. -- USA Today

Manson may appeal to mopey eighth graders, but he's essentially mining the same agitprop territory and "premillenial" confusion that hipster, highbrow heroes such as Alec Empire and Tricky take for granted. Manson shares with Empire a preference for destroying the master's house with the master's tools. Like Tricky, Manson uses gender confusion as a coping mechanism, less identity politics than identity evasion. -- Spin


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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  • Audio CD (September 15, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: September 15, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Nothing
  • ASIN: B00000AFGM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (467 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,951 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Marilyn Manson is one who doesn't always receive the recognition that he deserves. Unfortunately, most people do not realize that Manson has this incredible talent for putting into words what other people are afraid to do or are unable to do. However, because of the disturbing things that he has to say about the world and about life in general, people turn away from him and dismiss him as another goth freak who somehow, miraculously, managed to be noticed in the ever changing world of pop culture. The fact that he is now one of the biggest stars is not surprising at all. In fact, this is what Manson deserves. He has worked long and hard to produce the kind of music that he does, and listening to him or watching his music videos is worth it. Recently, I have seen the video of one of my favorite songs on this album, Coma White. The interpretation of the song in the music video is incredible. The fact that he says so many true things about America and American culture is amazing...he is articulate, intelligent, and can pinpoint exactly what some people feel. (...) So overall, I have nothing but respect for this artist. He may be a rather scary figure, and at first, I was incredibly against him and all that he stands for, but then I realized that to hate someone, you have to try to understand them first. This is what I did, and it opened up my eyes to a new view of Manson and his music. Personally, I believe that this is what a lot of people are doing, blocking out everything that Manson has and only taking in his image. And before I sound like some goth freak raving about how much I love Manson, let me tell you that I am a 15 year old girl who happens to find some feeling in Manson's music, not in the teeny-bopping, (...) that is monopolizing the music industry these days.Read more ›
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman on October 6, 2005
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The fall of 1998 saw the release of Marilyn Manson's third studio album "Mechanical Animals." The follow-up to "Antichrist Superstar" (1996), and proceeded by "Holywood" (2000), "Mechanical Animals" is the second album in Manson's grand industrial Goth-opera.

Although it debuted at number one on the charts and quickly went platinum, it was something of a commercial disappointment. Unfortunately, rather than gain fans and expand their fan base with the new release, Marilyn Manson lost ground. And while "Mechanical Animals" didn't torpedo the band's career, (i.e. "Van Halen 3," released the same year) it did throw a wrench in the band's momentum.

Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor had been instrumental in the band's success and sound. Reznor had produced Manson's debut, "Portrait of an American Family" (1994) and the classic "Antichrist Superstar."

Wanting to get out of Reznor's shadow and not wanting to remake "Antichrist Superstar," Manson went for a new look and sound. With "Mechanical Animals," Manson chose to eschew a Goth-metal image in favor of a Bowie-like glam one. Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) and former Soundgarden producer Michael Beinhorn helped Manson in achieving his artistic vision. The cover of the album is indicative of its sound-clean, white, bright, and crisp.

Some have commented that "Mechanical Animals" isn't as "dark" as "Antichrist Superstar." I don't feel this is entirely accurate. While "Mechanical Animals" is certainly popier and more polished, it deals exclusively with dark themes.

The general theme of the album is a sci-fi epic, sometime in the not-so distant future. It describes a world of dehumanization and indifference. Narcissism, nihilism, and complacency are the prevailing ideas.
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61 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Andy on October 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Before my first listen to "Mechanical Animals" I didn't really think much of Marilyn Manson. His previous albums seemed to chug along without much of a purpose aside from shocking his listeners (save for a few moments of "Antichrist Superstar") and the musicianship and lyrics left much to be desired. 1998's "Mechanical Animals" is Marilyn Manson, the man, the band, in top form. Probably their most shocking effort to date, mainly because it sounds absolutely nothing like what came before or afterwards. Loosely a concept album based around Manson's then love interest, actress Rose McGowan, this work is 80% tragic love story, 10% alienation, 10% isolation, with McGowan serving as the muse. Autobiographical tunes such as "I Don't Like The Drugs (But The Drugs Like Me)" and "The Dope Show" paint a picture of Marilyn Manson's high-speed lifestyle, the latter contains a line that pretty much sums up Manson and sets the tone for the rest of the album -- "I hate today/who will I wake up with tomorrow?" However, other tracks such as "Great Big White World" and "Mechanical Animals" expose a more emotional side while being the strongest and most sonically compelling anthems of Mansons's career. As you get deeper into the album, the lyrical content gets darker and the musical landscape is much more unqiue and abstract, best displayed on the moody and haunting "Speed Of Pain," a semi-acoustic song that sounds like vintage Pink Floyd. "Coma White," the album's closer is definitely the pinnacle, a passionate and tragic song that revolves around Manson & McGowan's unique relationship and contains the memorable chorus: "You were from a perfect world/A world that threw me away today." As a whole, "Mechanical Animals" is the strongest and most cohesive work the band has accomplished today.Read more ›
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