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  • Summary: Manson's fifth album finds the shock-rocker turning to the glory days of vaudeville and burlesque for inspiration.
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  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. Feb 4, 2013
    Marilyn Manson wanted a change, and this is where it all began. The Golden Age of Grotesque is indeed an odd album--especially when in relation to Marilyn Manson. Change is a good thing in my opinion, and for three records straight, Manson had been doing the same thing over and over again. I have nothing against his "trilogy" and they are easily the better albums that Manson has made. Electronic boom-boom with heavy guitars and obscene lyrics make this album what it is. The album seems to have no real negative side, it's just lacking where Manson has always been so good. Expect his best vocals he has ever produced, the lyrics are a little...repetitive and the ideas are generally the same across the entire record. Enjoy? Expand
  2. Jun 9, 2012
    Recently (about 20 minute ago) I listened to this album for the first time in years; I hadn't done soe consciously, as i remember the album being worse than Manson's previous records. The fact that his following albums are totally lost on me didn't help. So I put it in my player and... Its good! Its not as good as Antichrist or Holy wood, but its a tight album with some pretty good songs. Expand

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