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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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This Is The New Shit
Everything has been said before, There's nothing left to say anymore; When it's all the same, you can ask for it by name. Babble, babble, bitch,... See the rest of the song lyrics
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. Alternative Press
    80
    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. It's an inferior re-run of the Marilyn Manson hammer horror panto that's been showing since '96.
  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: 38 out of 44
  2. Negative: 3 out of 44
  1. CynthiaV
    Aug 27, 2008
    10
    Manson does not disappoint. My favorite songs are ''spade'', ''[s]aint'', Manson does not disappoint. My favorite songs are ''spade'', ''[s]aint'', ''Mobscene'' and...pretty much all of them. Expand
  2. LuísB
    Apr 16, 2004
    10
    It's perfect. Grotesque it's wonderful. It reach the perfection between the madness and reality.
  3. HerebeorhtH-B
    May 21, 2003
    10
    fun fun
  4. MirandaR
    Jan 21, 2005
    10
    Awesome!
  5. AdamT
    Feb 9, 2005
    9
    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 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. Feb 4, 2013
    8
    Marilyn Manson wanted a change, and this is where it all began. The Golden Age of Grotesque is indeed an odd album--especially when inMarilyn 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
  7. Ryan
    Nov 21, 2005
    0
    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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