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  • Summary: Manson's fifth album finds the shock-rocker turning to the glory days of vaudeville and burlesque for inspiration.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. It feels as if Manson now feels liberated from not being consistently in the spotlight, and his music has opened up as well.
  2. The army of noise behind his bitterness is at once massive and impressive. [Jul 2003, p.117]
  3. If you aren't down with Manson, this won't change you one bit. But for Manson fans, Grotesque is beautiful.
  4. What's surprising is that there's still so much life in what Manson is rehashing.
  5. The good news is that Grotesque rocks like a bastard.... Not so good news is that Manson's shock shtick still lacks real substance. [Jun 2003, p.103]
  6. There's nothing that catchy here - Manson seems to have used all his best hooks already. But it's not terrible, and it sounds good LOUD.
  7. Even with several excellent songs... it's the lyrical inanity that makes the most lasting impression.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 65
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 65
  3. Negative: 3 out of 65
  1. CynthiaV
    Aug 27, 2008
    Manson does not disappoint. My favorite songs are ''spade'', ''[s]aint'', ''Mobscene'' and...pretty much all of them. Expand
  2. CarolW
    Nov 24, 2003
    I love Marilyn Manson 2 Death and as much I want to get his newest cd , I just never got the chance to buy one cuz I've been working But I did hear some of it on the internet and And his music ROCKS the EARTH I'm tellin ya!!!! Marilyn Manson Rulz 4ever !!! Expand
  3. HerebeorhtH-B
    May 21, 2003
    fun fun
  4. magdac
    Oct 1, 2004
    it's great
  5. AdamT
    Feb 9, 2005
    Brilliant album! I was addicted to this for many months! I liked nearly all of the songs (as opposed to most other artists, which, typically I only enjoy 2 or 3 songs per album) The songs are just awsome, mad lyrics and its all great fun when you need some mad music for energy and drive! Manson rules! Expand
  6. cerealkiller
    May 31, 2003
    as always tha man turns out another classic. tims influence was obvious, but i figured it would be as soon as i heard he joined the band. i think some of the songs are similar to king kil 33 but that wa the best song on the last albulm Expand
  7. Ryan
    Nov 21, 2005
    Terrible music. Boring, old and rushed. DONT WASTE YOURTIME OR MONEY on this trash!!! Please, just stay away from this junk.

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