Marilyn Manson - Eat Me Album Review

Review of Eat Me Album by Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson Eat Me Album

Eat Me, Drink Me

Album Review

There's something very familiar about Marilyn Manson. You always know where you are with him. Stick on any of his music and his distinctive voice bleeds through like ink on a fresh sheet of blotting paper.

Is there a point, though, where familiarity turns into formula and that place you always go to feel at home becomes merely a simple reminder of how things used to be - when things used to be good?

When listening to 'Eat Me, Drink Me' for the first time I found it pretty uninspiring. I was daunted by the impending review I had to write because it's easier to write about something you like or even hate, but in this case I found myself filled with something short of apathy. Riffs, vocal parts and song composition was, basically, Marilyn Manson by numbers. Even lyrically it was hard to find something in there that spoke to me and stood out, that stirred up scenes beyond something that you'd typically find in an Anne Rice novel.

After two or three more plays the album sits more comfortably and I find myself less disappointed. 'Red Carpet Grave' stood out to me first. The intro was something more contemporary, you could see the attempt to move with the times. I hoped that our Anti-Christ Superstar had managed to pull himself out of his turgid musical grave and jump fearlessly into, somewhat, uncharted territory. He almost does. What he seems to have done is written off the last couple of years worth of work (forgivable) and gone back to his 'Mechanical Animals' mindset.

Heart-Shaped Glasses proves to be a morsel of delight. As I suck at the candied intro I discover the sweet, sticky licks and a rhythm suited to the proudest toy soldier. In this case we also find that he is actually still capable of weaving a tale; instead of writing a series of throw-away phrases that guy in the mediocre goth club would use. Nice one Manson. Unfortunately 'Evidence' follows and is thoroughly disappointing, any Marilyn Manson fan will clearly note that it's just a sodomised version of '(s)AINT' (Golden Age of Grotesque).

It's never nice to see someone you're musically influenced by fall from grace. Marilyn Manson is, in my opinion, under-rated. It's just a real shame that he's not managed to shine in this, what is heralded to be something '...he has worked all his life to get to.' In short, if you are a fan then you will probably share in my disappointment. If you're not familiar, may I suggest you spend your hard earned cash on something more reflective of him at his best. 'Antichrist Superstar' or 'Mechanical Animals' are both bench marks of his career. 'Eat Me, Drink Me' just doesn't deliver and smacks of Manson trying to claw back something he was onto a long time ago.

Beth Radish




Official Site - http://www.marilynmanson.com

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SpeakOutloud16

the_antichrist (that may be wrong), the writer of this review is allowed to have their opinions, just like you are allowed to have yours... note that this is a review. in a review, you usually say what you thought of the thing. i personally like most of the album... haven't listened to it much... but yea, so far it sounds pretty goodx Nash

7 years 1 month ago
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DOPPELHERZ

this album is his masterpiece!these songs are beautiful!these songs are very deep,and very passionate!these songs are "now"-but they also go back in time in a certain era.if you relax and listen to it-you'll see what i mean.i have all of mansons main albums,and i have to say that this is his best one-and my favorite one.alot of his songs on this album touched my soul very strongly.the instruments,the melodies,his words,and the tones of his voice he uses in is songs-you yourself can feel his different emotions that he's feeling.my 3 favorite songs are:1)you and me and the devil makes 3.its hypnotic,and it's the way things are.2)evidence.it's ritualistic with the relationship based on sex only.3)if i was your vampire.it's a deep,and obsessive sincere love story that will never end-not even in death.even in death they're keeping each other alive.definitely get this album!you'll be missing out on something special if you don't!manson truly is a special person,and he really should be appreciated.

6 years 11 months ago
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comapink72

i have to agree with this review. ive been a fan of manson for a long time, since portrait of an american family, and ive been to many more than a handful of concerts. when i heard that he was giving up music all together i was crushed, but i knew he would be back. part of me is always hoping for another antichrist superstar and it even took me quite a while to get used to mechanical animals new vibe. eat me drink me is generally a good album but i agree that it has to be heard a few times...unlike antichrist which sucked me in imediately and basically took over my entire being. for those of u that listened to the new album and gave up on it, give it another try. turn the volume all the way up and sit back and think about all the things manson has been through while writing these songs and take into consideration that it was also co-written by skold. which is why there are so many heavy guitar solos.

7 years 2 months ago
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the antichrist

Hello??? Earth to Moon... since when Evidence is despised by "any MM fan"??! I'm such for almost 10 years and I think that Evidence is one of the greatest songs in this album and I assure I'm not the only one who thinks that way.

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magicgemini19

'Fraid I have to disagree with you there Beth - yes this is definitely "easy listening" Manson but after a few listens you become hooked. I have all his albums and although this is somewhat mellower, it does feel like a natural progression - the next CD may find him back to his angry side - he was never supposed to be predictable. He has his own sound which is recognisable in everything he does. Not the best but definitely up there with the rest!

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the antichrist

Hello?? Earth to Moon... since when Evidence is disliked by "any Marilyn Manson" fan??! I'm such for almost 10 years and i can assure you that this is the best song in the whole album, well, it's so according to me. Besides that, all MM fans that i talk to, think that Evidence is one of the greatest tracks in Eat Me, Drink Me. So, from now on you can keep your competent oppinions for yourself.

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