MARILYN MANSON, as a musical act, has certainly had its ups and downs. The artistic venture for the eclectic singer and those that help him write his music has always been a crap shoot giving up some of the best music in the last few decades and all the while giving us stuff that barely resembles music too. It makes it hard to be a fan at times.
Then he releases an album as enigmatic and intriguing as “Born Villain."
Coming off a rather ambitious return to form with “The High End Of Low," free from Interscope Records, and with a re-strengthened connection to Twiggy (co-writer and co-musician), this eighth album from the controversial artist might soar right up there to hang out with his illustrious Triptych albums in quality. A truly inspired return to an artistic and often Punk-influenced sound that will have many long time fans breathing a sign of relief as they once again dive bomb into the haunted mind of MARILYN MANSON.
“Born Villain” is the best of both MANSON worlds. His atmospheric and Industrial tinged landscapes remain on the minimalist “Pistol Whipped” while his controversial stream of consciousness type lyrical writing makes back to back songs like “The Flowers Of Evil” and “Children Of Cain” a psychologist’s nightmare placed in stomping mid tempo form littered about with those melancholic droning guitar and synth melodies.
MANSON’s warbling vocals and shrill screams punctuate the record reminding us just who’s the star of this musical carnival, but it’s the more impressive and Punk plastered tracks that make this record the beast it is. The opening “Hey, Cruel World…” with its screaming vocals and sharp guitar tones lend back to the days of “Golden Age Of Grotesque” and the fist single “No Reflection” nails you with a chorus that’s hard to shake from the memory. It’s these Rock and Metal tracks that highlight the record for this long time fan and despite its overall slower sound on “Lay Down Your Goddamn Arms” or “Slo-Mo-Tion” it carries a significant amount of energy that punches this one to being one of his best.
Fans are going to simply worship “Born Villain” and the new lease on life that it seems to have given the artist and his hit or miss record lately. It’s dynamic with its tempos and angst while the writing and craftsmanship from both Manson and Twiggy seems to be perfectly in sync. It’s an experience of an album and one that will certainly be a tough one to follow for his long time controversy seeker.
Songs to check out: “Hey, Cruel World…," “No Reflection," “Murderers Are Getting Prettier Every Day."
(Online May 3, 2012)