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The one album that reveals the depths of Manson's genius,
This review is from: Mechanical Animals (Audio CD)
Now, most of my musical reptoir consists of artists like The White Stripes, The Strokes, Blur, Weezer, The Cranberries, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and so on. In other words, I normally despise many goth/metal/shock genres. But there is something so beautifully poetic about Manson that stands out to me in a way that no musician - genre regardless - has ever been able to do before. I tend to dislike the more typical Manson songs, some examples being "This is the New *hit", "The Beautiful People", and other songs that are more shock than anything else. But his deep, emotional, painful ballads such as "The Speed of Pain", "Disassociative", and "Mechanical Animals" move me in such a way with their beautiful instrumentals, soul-flooding lyrics, and passionate vocals that I can honestly say they are among the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. Particularly "The Speed of Pain", which starts out as nothing but vocals and an accoustic guitar and builds up until it reaches a full-fledged symphony of lovely echoing, enchanting sounds. That one five-minute song is an intense emotional experience in itself.
Mechanical Animals is most definitely my favorite Manson album. I find it comforting when I'm in a dismal, desperate, depressing state of being. It's almost as if Manson himself is whispering words of comfort to someone he's never even met. He describes the pain everyone feels so perfectly in his lyrics and instrumentals. It's incredible, he's a genius. A true artist.