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The Golden Age of Grotesque [Import, Limited Edition, Extra tracks]

Marilyn MansonAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (533 customer reviews)


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The tumultuous relationship Marilyn Manson has cultivated with the public through his genre-defying music and anti-status quo message of thinking for oneself has resulted in sold-out tours, protests, legal battles, adoration, hate, more than 50 million records sales, award-winning distilled spirits, several Grammy nominations and, most importantly, a long list of some of the most enduring and ... Read more in Amazon's Marilyn Manson Store

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  • Audio CD (May 13, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Limited Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Nothing
  • ASIN: B000092ZVV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (533 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. This Is The New Sh*t
3. mOBSCENE
4. Doll-Dagga Buzz-Buzz Ziggety-Zag
5. Use Your Fist And Not Your Mouth
6. The Golden Age Of Grotesque
7. (s)AINT
8. Ka-Boom Ka-Boom
9. Slutgarden
10. Spade
11. Para-noir
12. The Bright Young Things
13. Better Of Two Evils
14. Vodevil
15. Obsequy (The Death Of Art)

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The Golden Age of Grotesque was inspired by the seamy of Weimar Berlin, circa 1930. The album is constructed along the lines of Alice Cooper's 1975 gem, Welcome to My Nightmare, dipping in to the same cabaret of Cooper's "Some Folks." Unlike Cooper, however, this is no comic nightmare. "This isn't a show / This is my f*cking life / I'm not ashamed / You're entertained," Manson snarls in "Vodevil," making it abundantly clear that the singer was born in the wrong time and place and is more at home among the absinthe-drinking revelers in pre-Nazi Germany. The album possesses a dark, accessible beauty rather than the twisted industrial dissonance that pervades much of his earlier stuff. "mOBSCENE" is a thumping rocker that features a deranged cheerleading squad. "Ka-Boom Ka-Boom" is a rousing stomper that Manson penned in response to an exec's complaint that the new songs didn't rock. Its simple yet seditious chorus decries, "I like a big car, 'cause I'm a big star / I'll make a big rock & roll hit." Since 1998's Mechanical Animals, Manson's albums have become progressively more tuneful, and Grotesque continues the trend. --Jaan Uhelszki

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Marilyn Manson The Golden Age Of Grotesque Canadian 2-disc CD/DVD set

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely NOT the Death of Art March 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Marilyn Manson's music has always been the some of the most esoteric, thought-provoking music out there. His albums are his social commentaries on everything from drugs, to celebrity worship, to religious hypocrisy, and none of it was ever meant to be easy to understand. Manson has always been about finding deeper understanding by thinking for yourself and making your own journeys of discovery, which is EXACTLY what his songs are. Those who found AntiChrist Superstar superficially Satanic and a strong advocator of drug-use and violence, or those who found Mechanical Animals to be a homosexual ripoff of David Bowie obviously never took the time to actually LISTEN to the album. No, Manson isn't a Satanist, no he isn't gay, no he's not telling you to kill yourself. Songs like "Get Your Gunn" off of his first LP ('Portrait')made millions of parents along with anti-violence groups criticize his deadly lyrics (I eat innocent meat/The housewife I will beat/The pro-life I will kill/What you won't do, I will), while the song is really a sarcastic critique on anti-abortion fanaticism. And that's just what his music is: sarcastic. It pokes fun at people too uptight to take a joke, and he does it in a way that feeds off of their own close-mindedness. After all, none of us would have been interested in Manson if he hadn't had caused so much of an uproar so many times. If you take any of his music at face value, then you are TRAGICALLY making a waste of great art. I find it amusing every time I read reviews from some of his more negative "critics". It always seems like they feel frustrated at their very lack of understanding, and it bleeds out of the type in the form of some verbally-abusive desperation. Read more ›
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Age of Grotesque May 14, 2003
By sparky
Format:Audio CD
This is a new Manson for a new era. This is definitly not a repeat of his past albums. This has been the first time in a long time that Manson has had to make an album that could stand on it's own. After finally completing the story he created with Anti-Christ Superstar and finished with 2002's Holy Wood, Manson has a chance to explore new musical ground as well as reinvent his image a bit. Manson explores 1930's Berlin-esque era in his lyrics and appearance. Throwbacks to the Swing dancing sensation, Nazism, and Dadaism are littered throughout the confrontational ("Use your fist and not your mouth")and cynical, sexually-doused lyrics in this CD, which fit well with the music. The music itself is the usual Manson-esque rock mixed with a large dose of synth and other effects, probably due to new bassist Tim Skold, which completely helps the album in almost all areas. These effects do a very good job of envoking pictures to accompany the music. Sometimes one can't help but picture Tim Burton claymation-esque characters marching along to anthems like the title track and the intro Thaeter. The also setup moods for such songs like "(s)aint" and "The Bright Young Things", both of which are sure to surprise the listener (but none like the track "Doll-Dagga Buzz Buzz Ziggety-Zagg", which is a loud galloping example of Manson-meets 30's era swing music. A treat for the ears, definitely).
Manson succeeds in making a frightful, rambunctious, powerful and wonderful album that can definitely stand on it's own. However, one must remember that Manson is not taking himself as seriously this time, but is still very clever with his lyrics (probably now more than ever). All in all, this is one of Manson's best, and definitely worth buying.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manson continues to impress with his subtlety June 9, 2003
By Eric
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who calls themselves a fan of Marilyn Manson should be ashamed of themselves when they criticize the band for the "new direction" they're taking.
How many cds does the band have to release for you to realize every album is going to be different, stylistically, conceptually and aesthetically?
Portrait of an American Family was a candy-goth-industrial (almost pop-y) album. AntiChrist Superstar was the only truly dark gothic industrial album the band has released. Mechanical Animals was glam, 70s-era rock. Holywood was something close to Antichrist Superstar but not quite there. And now The Golden Age of Grotesque is a 1920's era American jazz and swing album with gothic industrial overtones.
You should be orgasmic that there are bands out there who have this kind of range and subtlety in their music. What do you listen to, Linkin Park, kids?
Who out there can go from disco-beats to gothic industrialism to swing three albums in a row? And make it sound good? Besides Marilyn Manson?
Older (real) fans of Manson will like this album for it's dark cynicism and impeccable songwriting. People who thought Marilyn Manson is a mindless hack with no musical ability whatsoever will find the songs on here catchy and entertaining. I have yet to get enough of "Doll-Dagga-Buzz-Buzz-Ziggety-Zag", and I'm not even a swing fan (or wasn't, maybe)!
This album will appear stale and non-technical--to anyone who won't listen to it. In point of fact, there is quite a lot going on with the music, particularly the guitars. I love the use of them as trombones and trumpets, really brings a big grin to my face.
I would go so far as to say this is Manson's best cd since Antichrist Superstar, tied maybe with Mechanical Animals.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 17 days ago by Jonathon parris
5.0 out of 5 stars TENETS OF PARANOIA IS PLASTICTY
BITCH-FEST NOISE AND A UHM LOSS OF "A" DIRECTION KEPT ME FROM BUYING IT BEFURE I LOVE THOUH
Published 1 month ago by Gergoos abstractomatic
5.0 out of 5 stars best studio album. not including greatest hits
To me, this is his best work. One of my all time favorite cd's. I listen to anything from classic rock, to rap, heavy metal, and country. This is in my top list. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jordan Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars wicked good music
I love Marilyn Manson all the songs are good. he is very talented and his voice is haunting in a good way.
Published 6 months ago by jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius as usuall
In my opinion Marilyn Manson is an unheralded singer/song writer and easily one of the finest of his generation. This album - top to bottom - is simply amazing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ty Treadwell
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Manson there is!
This is probably the best and most explicit lyrics on any Marilyn Manson album ever...I saw this live on tour when it first came out, and i must say it was astounding.... Read more
Published 15 months ago by C. David Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Not many slow or emotional songs. But there many good provocative songs. It's more on heavy metal side. Overall it's a good album depending on what you expect from MM. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sinole
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have For Any MM Fan
This is a must have album for any true Marilyn Manson fan. All tracks reflect MM's typical song writing architecture and is an enjoyable album to listen to.
Published 19 months ago by P. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best!
One of Manson's finest and probably his last good record. Not much of a fan of his new stuff. Definitely a top album for me.
Published 19 months ago by Matt R. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album
By far his best work. What I like about Marilyn Manson is that you can hear his artistic process grow from album to album. They never sound the same. Read more
Published 22 months ago by jdartist
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