Yeah, it's a party. And it's great rock music. Those who claim Manson "went back to Goth" and reclaimed Antichrist's noise after Mechanical proved too subtle for kids are only partly right. Okay, he virtually cloned his hit "The Beautiful People" in "Disposable Teens." And there are several familiar yell-and-stomp numbers on Holy Wood. But even those almost all contain a double-take chord change or a textural overdose or a mind-blowing bridge, and they'll be terroristic in concert. More important, there are a bunch of plain brilliant tracks where Manson anoints bits of rock history into his own church.
Previously merely noisy screechers with no sense of how to play their instruments, Marilyn Manson is now an accomplished and complex industrial-strength hard rock band... It's a point driven home by the group's new album, Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death). Though not as strong or consistent as the glammy Mechanical Animals, Holy Wood instead bridges the gap between that album and its dirtier, raspier predecessor, Antichrist Superstar, with songs that are catchy on the inside, but noisy on the outside.
Holy Wood is strictly derivative, but done with enough skill to stay entertaining. Even when the borrowing is more blatant (the guitars of "The Fight Song," for example, sound like a cross between Hole's "Plump" and Blur's "Song 2"), the album doesn't suffer noticeably.... As hard rock albums go, this one's a keeper. The problem is, Marilyn Manson aspires to something greater than that. He's plenty articulate next to the competition, and plenty adept at selling his message with powerful imagery and catch phrases. But strip away those ornaments, and what he's saying seems a bit too obvious.
Manson's most ambitious, musically accomplished, and -- dare we say it? -- mature album to date. Holy Wood treads too much over the same nihilistic territory, raging against a God he claims doesn't exist, and describing in detail a life that he says isn't worth living. That said, there are some musically powerful moments on the album, notably the eviscerating power chords on "The Fight Song" and the galloping rhythms of "Disposable Teens."
CourtneyS.Oct 17, 2001I loved the album i thought that every song on it was great and very well written. I love all of mansons albums but i honestly think that I loved the album i thought that every song on it was great and very well written. I love all of mansons albums but i honestly think that this was the best one.… Expand
RickyD.Jul 9, 2001This album'a awsome, I love Manson, I love his sound, I like the way he stands up for what he believes in Manson is by far the best This album'a awsome, I love Manson, I love his sound, I like the way he stands up for what he believes in Manson is by far the best music artist of all time.… Expand
JacobNFeb 9, 2007Ok. Manson himself said hes not trying to corrupt people. He wants people to be more open about problems they have. The Album was totally Ok. Manson himself said hes not trying to corrupt people. He wants people to be more open about problems they have. The Album was totally fantastic. Manson knows how to blend fantastic lyrics with great beats. Marilyn Manson for president! 2008 bitch.… Expand
JamesO.Jan 23, 2002incredible!!!! i was moshin 4 weeks!! if u like manson get dis album now!!
SimonBOct 15, 2004I think that Manson is a genius and those people who says that his songs make people kill them self/or other people are nut. If people do I think that Manson is a genius and those people who says that his songs make people kill them self/or other people are nut. If people do such thing it's not only because of the song, I think that there has to be something wrong with you if you kill your self/or other persons. Just my opinion and Manson deserves a 10… Expand
Oct 11, 2012This album was the rebirth of Marilyn. Although the beats are very similar, it's very respectable. One of the best was target audienceThis album was the rebirth of Marilyn. Although the beats are very similar, it's very respectable. One of the best was target audience (narcissus narcosis), along with burning flag and coma black. The antichrist superstar is back!… Expand
RickNov 21, 2005A terrible album that will only fill your mind with lies. The lyrics are disgusting. Rubbish pop rock - worth only to be thrown away. Don
- By user score
|To Pimp A Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar|
|Froot - Marina and the Diamonds|
|Modern Nature - The Charlatans UK|
|Vulnicura - Björk|
|Aquarius - Tinashe|
|Hand.Cannot.Erase. - Steven Wilson|
|Tetsuo & Youth - Lupe Fiasco|
|Cadillactica - Big K.R.I.T.|
|Short Movie - Laura Marling|
|RTJ2 - Run the Jewels|
|Under Pressure - Logic|
|I Love You, Honeybear - Father John Misty|
|Reality Show - Jazmine Sullivan|
|Black Messiah - D'Angelo|
|Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit - Courtney Barnett|
|Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble - Primus|
|Broke With Expensive Taste - Azealia Banks|
|No Cities to Love - Sleater-Kinney|
|Doolittle 25 - Pixies|
|Heartleap - Vashti Bunyan|