The High End Of Low - Marilyn Manson
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  • Summary: Twiggy Ramirez returns to the band on its seventh studio album, produced with Sean Beavan and Chris Vrenna.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. 80
    While it's still easy to dismiss his shock tactics as puerile and insensitive (if you're gonna sing about someone "pretty as a swastika," they'd better be really ugly), he hasn't sounded this vital--and tuneful--since "Mechanical Animals."
  2. Assuming they haven’t all grown up by now, Manson fans will adore every dark, juvenile flourish. For the rest of us, The High End Of Low serves as a cautionary tale of artistic regression.
  3. 'High End' makes a deeper impression as a result of Manson’s reunion with longtime guitarist-bassist Twiggy Ramirez; together with producers Sean Beavan and Chris Vrenna, they sculpted a sound both harder-hitting and more finely detailed than on any previous Marilyn Manson record.
  4. Manson the man at least seems re-energised here....The same cannot always be said for his band; their limp glam metal consistently threatens to undermine the performance. [Jul 2009, p.127]
  5. Musically, the new tunes mostly evoke warmed-over Nine Inch Nails crossed with mediocre '70s metal, and occasionally, the results can be fairly satisfying.
  6. The best moments come in the ballads like the blues-tinged 'Four Rusted Horses.' In such songs Manson is almost endearing, just a big melancholy dude with face paint. It's a less glamourous job title than Anticrist Superstar, but these days it suits him better.
  7. The Marilyn Manson blueprint holds fast, and all the familiar elements are here. The difference is that even Manson sounds unconvinced by his "antichrist superstar" persona; maybe because his target demographic have grown up and moved on.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 35
  2. Negative: 5 out of 35
  1. KatrinaS.
    Jul 6, 2009
    10
    This album incorporates all of Manson's complex and diverse talents. In my opinion, this is the best album Manson has released in years.
  2. RonnieS
    May 31, 2009
    10
    Critics once again miss the spot. This by far manson at his best. A well balanced album I think it is the best album since Mechanical Animals Critics once again miss the spot. This by far manson at his best. A well balanced album I think it is the best album since Mechanical Animals but in a way better. This album is a complete 180 from Eat Me Drink Me I don't know how anyone could compare the two. Expand
  3. JamalD
    Jun 20, 2009
    9
    OK, so in my opinion this album is definitely a grower. Bigtime. When I first heard the songs I wasn't sure what to make of them and it OK, so in my opinion this album is definitely a grower. Bigtime. When I first heard the songs I wasn't sure what to make of them and it seemed like manson was totally washed up and was just whining about his life. But after delving into the songs some more, it's really nothing like that. Sure it's introspective but it doesnt convey hopeless desperation like parts of the last album. Instead it feels more like an optimistic tone, about realizing one's weaknesses and emerging stronger through the experience. This is why I see alot of parallels between this and Antichrist Superstar. I was lucky to have been reading the long hard road out of hell around the time I got this album so it all kinda made sense that way. Anyway, the point is: manson has not lost the subtlety and meanings that made his songs so epic. The album is pretty self-centered, but I think you'll find alot of songs from previous albums are VERY much the same way even if they don't seem like it. (see Kinderfeld) If you just give it a chance you'll find much more meaning than meets the eye, just like with previous manson works. Also, there are some pretty interesting experimental sounds that are really freaky, twiggy coming back did seem to mix things up just enough. Expand
  4. JeffreyH
    May 29, 2009
    8
    The negative reviews are inevitable with an artist like Manson, with the image often taking the precedent over the artist
  5. AliceCooper'sMum
    Oct 18, 2009
    7
    It's not their best (mechanical animals+holywood) or even worst (portrait of an american family+smells like children)- its simply middle It's not their best (mechanical animals+holywood) or even worst (portrait of an american family+smells like children)- its simply middle of the road quality, with the music press giving very mixed reviews. the best tracks are "Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon", "Leave a Scar", "Running To The Edge Of The World", and the deliberately OASIS-LIKE (!) - and probably best track - "Into the Fire". I dont even like Oasis! The rest of the album (compared to these tracks) feels like its simply all filler material, with some arguably boring production-the vocals could have sounded alot better in many areas, as an example. Better luck next time, Brian! Expand
  6. blackieblax
    Jun 3, 2009
    6
    Better than previous album, but i feel like manson's music has reached its peak with MecAnimals and probably Holywook was the last good album.
  7. JhonatanY
    May 28, 2009
    0
    Well, that's a really boring album, with mediocre copy of 70's hard rockers, one of the worst albums that I've listened in this year.

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