Eat Me, Drink Me - Marilyn Manson

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Not since "Mechanical Animals" (1998) has he stared within so unblinkingly; the focus pays off in conflicted, nuanced singing that makes some of his past rage sound rote.
  2. Among Manson's most compelling records.
  3. Eat Me, Drink Me lacks menace... Still, [it] boasts a clutch of Goth-rock numbers that, if not evil per se, are still devilishly good.
  4. This album sees him rising from the hordes of spider-black hoodies, becoming a musical force beyond the Download ticket-holders.
  5. There's nothing quite as immediate or fantastic as 'Disposable Teens' here, but the album on the whole is a triumph.
  6. 70
    Manson's music still evokes decay, but he sounds more fertile than ever. [Jul 2007, p.116]
  7. Eat Me, Drink Me is a bona fide creative rebirth.
  8. There aren't really any Beautiful People-type moments, only a collection of songs that work surprisingly well as a kind of musical diary for a performer who has finally acknowledged that he's not the threatening icon he once was.
  9. Like his best work, Eat Me, Drink Me is as fun as it is cartoonishly scary.
  10. 60
    Musically, affairs lack Manson's customary anthemic poise, but tracks like "Heart-Shaped Glasses" draw on Berlin-era Bowie and Iggy's The Idiot with brooding panache. [Jul 2007, p.107]
  11. Forget what you know about this guy and it'll come off like a decent, and rather efficient, little goth-pop record.
  12. 60
    [It] scales back the Weimar guignol of 2003's The Golden Age of Grotesque in favor of classic industrial and glam. [Jul 2007, p.98]
  13. The songs and Ziggy guitar solos are more accessible than usual. Manson can croak like an undead, but can't sing to save his life.
  14. It's not his best effort, but it's the perfect mood setter for your midnight absinthe and auto-erotic asphyxiation party.
  15. It's a modernized version of Marilyn Manson: heavier guitar, a touch of neo-thrash, and some metalized Bravery-style new-wave pop.
  16. Put simply, this is B-Movie rock: from the death rattle vocals, to the clichéd riffs and hackneyed subject matter.
  17. Mercifully, this album shouldn’t even be a footnote – it’s no nadir, for sure, but it sure isn’t any good.
  18. There are only a couple of songs with enough impact to avoid boring people who catch the band on tour this summer. [9 Jun 2007]
  19. Despite some spooky background noises, the music leans toward a glam-gone-grim style, reverting to a sound that predates Marilyn Manson’s past industrial-rock stomps.
  20. The results are too often less-than-inspiring, and our Marilyn’s music has not established the sort of consistency required to atone for this lack of drama.
  21. He has spectacularly failed to make an album that has any bite.
  22. His career for the last decade is basically that of a chicken with its head lopped off, running around the coop unawares whilst coughing up a never-ending stream of blood. If you couldn’t guess, Eat Me, Drink Me is where the fowl finally falls over and collapses in a pile of its fellow poultry’s fecal matter.
  23. The album is a stunningly lackluster, impersonal anti-work.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 109 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 66
  2. Negative: 15 out of 66
  1. EmaA.
    Jul 10, 2007
    I think Manson is a true artist. This album is a proof of his staying true to his feelings and state of mind. He's not making any compromise. He's telling his story, this time with other words and notes and that's what being creative means. He's different (but why should he be the same?), he's alive, more alive than so many. Art is about movement and change. I really appreciate this movement and change in the alternation of rough and soft sound and lyrics. They may not be perfect from a specialist point of view (I'm not one), but you can feel his artistic torments, he's giving his best. Chapeau! :) Full Review »
  2. JennerB.
    Sep 7, 2007
    It's not as accessible on first listen as his past albums have been, but I think that's the point. This is definitely an album you have to listen to a few times to have it fully sink in and then it's easier to appreciate it for what it is. It's art, not disposable pop music. Full Review »
  3. BL
    Aug 7, 2007
    Definitely a good album, as long as you are not expecting an industrial/metal album. I felt the last album (Golden Age...) tried a few new things but mostly tried to recreate the Antichrist Superstar sound, to mixed results. This album goes off in another direction and succeeds because of it. Definitely worth a listen. Standout tracks are: If I was Your Vampire, Evidence, Mutilation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery, You and Me and The Devil Make Three. Full Review »