WEDNESDAY, MAY 02, 2012|
Posted by: Carianne Hixson
Ah, what's more refreshing to my music-loving ears than a new Marilyn Manson album? Almost anything. I'd take One Direction over this compilation of dull, comically grotesque songs that seem the clone of any other recent Manson album you'll find (if you ever find yourself searching for one, that is). The over-glamorized Marilyn Manson show was over long ago-- and the only thing that sparked the interest of fans of good music was his rendition of "Sweet Dreams." Bravo Mr. Warner, bravo. Now, Marilyn Manson is offering us Born Villain in the form of some sort of karma for a bad deed we all did in our past. Hindsight is 20/20 and we're all very sorry.
I suppose Manson receives accolades for being consistently dark. But his whole repertoire was built on being a shock-rocker, and the shock value is minimal on Born Villain. Songs like "Pistol Whip" and "Murderers Are Getting Prettier Everyday" exude his unfashionable method of song writing that prides itself on creating gruesome images of violence with an unintelligent book of words. For example, "Pistol Whips" hosts these lyrics, "Dont wanna hit you/ but the only thing between our love is/ a bloody nose/ a busted lip/ and a blackened eye"-- and those are some of the more PG-13 lyrics on the album. The rest of the song is a clear metaphor for some abusive, sexual rendezvous. The album ends with an over-wrought cover of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," that doesn't come close to his 1995 version of the Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams." The heart of the song is distracted by loud guitar riffs and techno loops that take away from the greatness of the original and also keep Manson from making it his own.
For fans of Marilyn Manson that enjoyed his gothic surprise on albums like Antichrist Superstar and Portrait of An American Family, Born Villain simply lacks the anti-society, anti-religion fueled lyrics you'll find on those earlier albums. Along with that, the instrumentals are far too polished to evoke any grit and authenticity. The harshness of his earlier days just seem phony, which is unfortunate for a man that's clearly intelligent. If only he would choose to use his smarts as a catalyst to run from the past and accept the new, he could have a lasting impression on music today. I suppose if he's an admitted Born Villain he's sticking to that title till he dies.