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Halo Infinity
11-05-2013, 02:49 PM
This isn't really an analysis as I've seen the other sections having threads dedicated to just the album itself. Lunchbox really does take me back to my childhood and teenaged years and is a very nice anthem against bullying. It has helped me cope with being fucked with and the memories that came along with it.

As for an attempt at some analysis, I really perceived it as a blueprint, describing what Marilyn Manson is and was going to be about, and the beginning of them writing songs about the hypocrisy and corruption that comes with religion and politics, in spite of how it outwardly looks pristine, yet it's all disgusting on the inside, and how it's a detriment from one generation to the next.

(I'm sure it obviously gets much deeper than that though. It's just merely my observation and overall impression of the debut, as it contained that type of social commentary. That was also my very first impression of the album when I took a look at the album cover for the very first time.)

Halo Infinity
07-20-2019, 03:21 PM
I can't believe that I missed my chance to post here when Portrait of an American Family turned 25. Whoa. It was going to happen no matter what, but damn. Marilyn Manson has reached a quarter of a century. (Not including The Spooky Kids era.)

At least now I know once and for all that it really was July 19, 1994, because there were sometimes some other dates claimed a few days off prior and post.

07-21-2019, 10:50 PM
I was recently listening to the album, in celebration of its 25th anniversary. I was remembering the first time I heard it as a child, and being terrified during Prelude (The Family Trip). I was creeped out, but I was hungry to hear more of it. Overall it's a great 1st record from a band. I wish more songs from this album were performed live.