User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 103 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 103
  2. Negative: 9 out of 103

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  1. MeiT
    Aug 20, 2009
    2
    I can't focus on listening to this album to save my life. Song after song is wasted on obnoxious, unimaginative guitar and Manson's scratchy voice that willingly alternates between whispering and screaming, though rarely leaves the vocal range of maybe 6 half steps. If you listen to the first 20 seconds of a few songs on the album, take, for example, "Blank and White", "I Want I can't focus on listening to this album to save my life. Song after song is wasted on obnoxious, unimaginative guitar and Manson's scratchy voice that willingly alternates between whispering and screaming, though rarely leaves the vocal range of maybe 6 half steps. If you listen to the first 20 seconds of a few songs on the album, take, for example, "Blank and White", "I Want To Kill You Like They Do In Movies", or "Leave A Scar", you might think they were pretty catchy. It's a quaint little guitar riff, despite Manson plowing through it with his obstinately monotone voice. But after the first minute, that catchy little guitar riff starts to get pretty damn old, even more so through the rock n' roll song formatting used for every single song (Verse 1, Chorus, Verse 2, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus x2, Abrupt Ending). To put it simply, Manson is devoid of the originality and shock factor he once had. He should have quit while he was ahead. Expand
  2. 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.
  3. JM
    Aug 6, 2009
    0
    i don't know how anyone can take this album seriously. it's the most boring, uninspired waste of time ever. there's no fire at all. as some-one else said it's "like having some-one pee in your ass". even that doesn't fully describe how bad this is.
  4. MarylinY
    May 28, 2009
    0
    Only one word I have to say for it: HORRIBLE.
  5. KateS
    May 28, 2009
    0
    Horrible album, I don't understand Spin's review.
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Perhaps the only interesting thing about Manson's latest record is the couple of anomalies hidden within.
  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. Q Magazine
    60
    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]