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It has taken me five weeks to write a review because I didn't know what to think of "Born Villain" when I first listened to it. I often listen to albums while working on the latest novel. As a result, unless an album is particularly amazing or utterly awful, my attention is divided. With the crap playing on the radio today, it's not difficult to see that most music is meant to be background noise. You have six year old girls singing along with songs about sex and violence. You have the Justin Bieber's and Taylor Swift's who are selling albums because they have pretty faces. You have Top 40 hits that literally say nothing, but as long as the beat is cool, right?
I finally forced myself to shelve the all-American novel, turn out the lights, put on "Born Villain" and just listen. I'll be honest. This is not "Antichrist Superstar", "Mechanical Animals" or "Holywood". What this IS, is a darn good album with only a few hiccups. MM indicated in a Loudwire interview that "Born Villain" would be the ultimate concept album. Well, it's not Pink Floyd or The Moody Blues as it pertains to concept albums, but it's an admirable effort.
There are 13 tracks, 9 of which are very good. This is a challenging album--much more so than "Mechanical Animals", but not as much fun. It's a listen that needs to be taken seriously. I commend the effort, and I enjoy the output. After "Eat Me, Drink Me," I was extremely concerned that Manson's era was over.Read more ›
My ears pricked up at some sounds and ideas that stand out. "Slo-Mo-Tion" opens with a bass riff that sounds like some early 80's hit (I can't quite remember who or what it was). "The Gardener" and "Breaking The Same Old Ground" both have an ornamental techno background. "The Flowers Of Evil" is set to what is practically a dance beat. For contrast, "Lay Down Your G****** Arms" is loaded with Led Zeppelin blues-rock sounds. And "Murderers Are Getting Prettier Every Day" might be the hardest rocking track on the album; look out because it has police sirens in it that might startle you if you are out driving at night and not too, um, alert. In "Born Villain", when Manson sings "There is a taste for blood/And it's deep inside", I think he means all of us, not just himself. And while we're talking lyrics, "Overneath The Path Of Misery" starts out with a quote from "Macbeth" and manages to mention Oedipus and Persephone too. You gotta love that, backed by hard rock and a sort of tribal beat. In other lyrics that I like, Manson identifies as a supernatural being.Read more ›
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Would have given this five stars, but the mp3 code doesn't work. Can't log on to the site to take advantage of the download. Read morePublished 28 days ago by LadySnape
Manson just improves with age. Why we don't hear him more on the radio is a loss for the unbelievers.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brand New, Sealed. I love it. Fantastic price!! Great Addition to my collection!Published 9 months ago by Herr Doktor
If your a Manson fan , you will definitely fall in love with all of the songs in this album !Published 10 months ago by Ariana Calvert
Awesome. Not sure what the so-called "fans" are really looking for... Maybe they're upset that Manson ages like the rest of humanity. Read morePublished 10 months ago by dgabriel