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    I read a review from a canadian newspaper.. 5/5 stars

    said it was a much return to form and maybe his best album ever... I agree.. this album is unreal

    makes up for his last album

    highlights

    Overneath
    Gardener
    Born Villain
    You're So Vain

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    Marilyn Manson

    Born Villain

    Goth-Metal

    3.5 stars out of 5

    You can’t kill the bogeyman. Just when you thought it was safe to write off Manson, he rises again like the slasher-flick anti-hero he deserves to be. The shock rocker’s eighth album finds him musing about destructive love, pondering his humanity and quoting Macbeth — while riding a downward spiral of slow-grinding goth-metal and glam-slam.

    Sound and fury signifying maturity? Go figure.

    Download: Pistol Whipped; No Reflection

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    Review from The Scotsman

    Marilyn Manson

    Born Villain

    Cooking Vinyl £11.99

    Rating: ***

    The temptation to insert the word “pantomime” into the middle of that title is hard to resist, but you cannot deny Manson’s ability to deliver the gothic goodies time after time. The quibble is that he never advances his music beyond the ghoulish rock’n’roll that made his name. No Reflection pouts and sneers but does not intimidate beyond the lame vampire reference in the title. Too much of this could be the Glitter Band reimagined by David Lynch – Murderers Are Getting Prettier Every Day tries overly hard to court controversy, but You’re So Vain featuring Johnny Depp is at least a goth guffaw.

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    Download this: Born Villain, You’re So Vain
    Don't understand how it got 3/5 when there's almost nothing but insults in the text.
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    Album: Marilyn Manson, Born Villain (Cooking Vinyl)
    5 stars
    On the first listen to Born Villain, you notice references to Shakespeare, Baudelaire and the Greek myths. Say what you like about Marilyn Manson: you don't get that stuff from Slipknot.

    Since standing down – or being stood down – as a lightning rod for moral panic, Manson has been free to pursue his artistic vision unhindered. Frustratingly, over the past two albums, he's failed to exploit that freedom. Until now. Sure, there's plenty of bog-standard trash-talk. Sure, there's some Manson-by-numbers. But the eighth Marilyn Manson album features some of his finest lyrics yet and, musically, it often approaches the heyday of Holy Wood and Mechanical Animals. It is, then, something approaching the "stunning return to form" of rock-crit cliché
    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-en...l-7687376.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaglie View Post
    Review from The Scotsman



    Don't understand how it got 3/5 when there's almost nothing but insults in the text.
    ...because he "delivers the goth goodies time after time"

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    From The Arts Desk

    Cartoon goth-metal boogieman Brian Warner and his gang return with their first album in three years, and their 10th in all. In Europe Marilyn Manson – the stage name of both the front man and the band - are rightly seen as an industrialised update of Alice Cooper’s horror-film showbiz rock but in the States the country’s more conservative elements really do seem to buy into their cabaret antichrist schtick. This even led to Warner’s articulate and amusing appearance defending himself from accusations of driving the nation’s youth to gun-crime in Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine.

    Marilyn Manson’s music has, perhaps, often seemed secondary to their visual impact, especially as Warner/Manson is a witty manipulator of the media, with sidelines in art and film-making. The band’s default setting has always been a pop take on Ministry’s electro-metal hammering, and their best-known tune is an execrable version of “Tainted Love”. Born Villain is business as usual but it has a certain unexpected funk in the rhythm section. Accompanied by long term co-songwriting wingman and guitarist Twiggy Ramirez, Manson comes up with tasty intro riffs, flecked with electronic effects. In fact, most of the songs start with a real groove, but then the stentorian metal hammering takes over.

    For the uninitiated – and I can make no pretence to be a devotee of Manson’s oeuvre – most of it bares its teeth without mustering much that’s memorable. However, there are exceptions, notably the enjoyable glam stomp of “Pistol Whipped” and “Flowers of Evil” which has a smashing punk tune and comes on like Patricia Morrison-era Sisters of Mercy. As a general rule, when the singer is adopting his strangled David Bowie imitation and the bass is leading, all is well, but when he steps into death metal growling and the bludgeoning guitars arrive, things grow more predictable. As for the cover of Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain”, featuring special guest Johnny Depp, perhaps the less said, the better.

    2/5
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    Quote Originally Posted by AssetReign View Post
    Album: Marilyn Manson, Born Villain (Cooking Vinyl)
    5 stars
    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-en...l-7687376.html
    Thanks for that, so that's two reviews from The Independent, 1 person says 1/5 the other 5/5.

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    Here is my translation of the review from swedish Aftonbladet. I hope it's better than the one made with the translator on page 1 of this thread:

    INDUSTRIAL METAL/POST PUNK
    A lot of thins seem to be about a return and rediscovery. It’s about looking for roots and white-hot frustration that appeared on the last two records ”Eat Me, Drink Me” and “The High End of Low”.

    To be able to come back to his previous carrier trace have the 43-year old not only moved back to the same appartment wher he wrote a platinum album ”Antichrist Superstar”, he have even digged out his old inspiration spirits such as Killing Joke and Bauhaus.

    And so long is everything ok. The album sounds as it should. The distorted dirty blues in for example “Slo-Mo-Tion” sways in a hypnotic way like Sir Väs (swedish for Sir Hiss, a snake from a Disney cartoon) around a listener and “Murderers are getting prettier every day” feels like a destroying cannonball going straight att Helm’s Deep.

    The reuslt is however quite unclear. The songs such as the title track, ”Hey, cruel world” and ”Pistol whipped” just pass through without any emotions while the attempt to steal the bass line form Midnight Oils ”Beds are burning” in ”The gardener” is just wrong.

    Nevertheless it is possible to see “Born Villain” as a rebirth. Halv of the people say that the career doesn’t move foreward. If Manson stays at this track his next album should be the renaissance that he needs so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norsefire View Post
    Thanks for that, so that's two reviews from The Independent, 1 person says 1/5 the other 5/5.
    Which really illustrates that personal standards are incredibly subjective when it comes to evaluating artistic expression.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AssetReign View Post
    Which really illustrates that personal standards are incredibly subjective when it comes to evaluating artistic expression.
    but come on.. if some gives this album a 1/5 they are going in ready to give it a 1/5. Nothing was gonna change their minds. It like the people who hated Antichrist when it came out because they loved POAAF. Or hated Mechanical Animals when it came out becaue they loved the Antichrist sound. This album will be known over time as one of his greatest albums.

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