ALBUM REVIEW: MARILYN MANSON BORN VILLAIN
Who’s so vain? One thing is for sure, it’s definitely not Marilyn Manson. Back with Johnny Depp, No Salvation, No forgiveness, and No Reflection the new album Born Villain by Marilyn Manson is definitely worthy of conversation. Finally there’s noone telling Marilyn Manson he’s not allowed to stick eyeballs inside of vaginas. Oh and drown women in toilets.
Take every villain from every horror movie that you’ve ever seen and put them together as if they have one conscious…this is Born Villain.
With seven albums under his belt and no sign of them stopping anytime soon, this is definitely no game of follow the leader. Manson has paved the Long Hard Road of Rockin Roll with his long hard drug face since the band first hit the mainstream in 1996. Thankfully, Marilyn Manson is still finding new and creative ways to scare the shit out soccer-moms.
Now for the first time ever Manson has his own record label “Cooking Vinyl” and with that we can expect the band to finally get the bigger royalty checks they deserve with no more music industry middle man to snatch a portion of the profits. Lucky, money is the root of all evil, so this will just strengthen Manson’s character.
I initially was planning on reviewing Born Villain on the day of it’s release but then I realized, one does not simply listen to Born Villain once and jump to conclusions. Doing so would like taking a five second glance at the Sistine Chapel and then saying, “It’s good.”
I never thought I’d say this, but I think Marilyn Mason has finally made a better album than Anti-Christ Superstar. This album is different in so many ways from anything he’s ever made and will surely appeal to a much wider audience than previous albums. This record proves that Manson is still capable of avoiding anything that could be considered dull. This album is fucking amazing.
Initially it rocks but it leaves you confused. But the album grows on you like a fungus and when you fully understand what Manson is screaming you’ll see the album from an entirely different perspective. This album has enough strong lyrical content to have a book written about it. I’m having trouble writing this article in less than three thousand words and find myself not being able to shut up about this CD. It is a truly mesmerizing album. This is not just another desperate record by a group who’s trying to re-invent themselves, this album is absolutely something new and refreshing.
Lyric wise it is poetically flawless. With lyrics that are so deep you literally miss the entire message of them because it’s too much it comprehend in one sitting. I can see this record appealing to people who don’t even like Marilyn Manson’s music. Anyone who appreciates good poetry would love reading this material. Trying to figure out what the hell it means is a game in itself. This entire album from beginning to end was carefully constructed and well thought out. Marilyn Manson’s already great lyrical content has been taken to a new level with this one. Manson fans around the world are thanking their non-existent Gods for this album. Never before has Manson been so creative with his lyrics.
The album begins with “Hey Cruel World” a witty pessimistic song that established Manson’s new sound along with a chorus that states what we all know so well
“I AM AMONG NO ONE”
Keep in mind, this is an artist who named himself after a mass-murderer and ended up becoming far more dangerous than Charles Manson could ever be. He’s been blamed for more killings than Jason Vorhees. Is he an entertainer or just as guilty as Charles Manson was for convincing people to kill other people? That’s a question that is continuosly being asked. In fact, in the first song he challenges the listener with this very question:
“Creator, preserver, destroyer, ask which one I am.”
Marilyn Manson is truly unique and his career certainly has been no game of “Follow the Leader.” No one could replicate his style, thoughts, or personality with the same respectability. It would be insulting a art itself to call this new album “a work of art.” It is so much more. This album is a monster. It’s a beast that eats works of art for breakfast and eyes your teenage daughter inappropriately while setting fire to your church just for shits and giggles.
If you haven’t yet seen Marilyn Manson kill six vintage sexy vintage vixens his new single “No Reflection” go to Marilyn Manson’s official website immediately right now and watch him kill everyone.
Did you watch it? It was good wasn’t it. Haven’t we all just been waiting for Manson to just kill people? It seems like he would have done it sooner. Which brings me to my next point: It seems like nothing is holding Marilyn Manson back anymore as if this entire time record companies were constantly saying, “Sorry Manson, we’re not going to let you shoot and stab people.” Well kids…now that Marilyn Manson is finally free from the bondage of Interscope Records, he’s finally able to do anything without the consent of a record company.
In the song “No Reflection” Manson begins with three words that have defined the past four years of his life: “Crushing, cheating, changing.” He ends the verse warning of “something violent coming.” and begins the second verse with the eerie and vague words,
“You don’t even know what I’m going to do to you.”
The chorus of this song is probably the strongest part of the entire album. He says:
This’ll hurt you worse than me.
I’m weak, seven days a week.
Don’t run from me. I won’t
Bother counting one, two, three…
In other words, Marilyn Manson is going to drown you in a toilet and there’s nothing you can do about it. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention he’s a fucking vampire that will rape you and eat your soul before counting to three. Did you get that memo?
The chorus of the song “No Reflection” will get stuck in your head all day. Especially the chorus. Don’t we all every once in a while think to ourselves:
“I don’t know which me that I love..
I got no reflection.”
Have you ever woke up and took a long no in the mirror and wished that you had no reflection? You probably have if you’re Marilyn Manson. How does a guy like that decide “which me that I love.” A better question might be, does it even mater? Maybe the only way we can truly be ourselves without looking in the mirror. By speaking and thinking rather than looking.
All of the lyrics in this entire album are thought provoking can be interpreted differently. However, the lyrics have meaning rather than vagueness. Unlike Trent Reznor, Manson isn’t singing about an unspecified “this” that could mean anything. Marilyn Manson clearly has a stronger and bolder message than Nine Inch Nails.
The lyrical content of Born Villain clearly establishes that Manson is focusing more on the thing he loves doing most: Writing. He’s focusing less on his image. The truth is…if you think you can define yourself…you’re automatically flawed in your logic because we’re all always constantly changing. Who you are today is a product of who you were yesterday and both of these personalities can affect who you will be tomorrow. Why waste time defining ourselves with the definition of who we are is going to be interpreted differently by someone else? He’s no longer questioning himself, perhaps because over the years he’s developed apathy toward re-inventing his image over and over again. At the beginning of each day don’t we all look at ourselves momentarily and re-create who we are? Why? Aren’t we the same person regardless of how we look? Why isn’t it crystal clear that self-reflection usually if not always leads to self deceit? The way I interpret these lyrics is Manson is saying, “Look, I don’t know which person in the mirror that I like the best so I’m just going to stop looking.” Now, with self-reflection dismissed he has bigger subjects to tackle. Have we ever heard Manson get slightly scientific? Not really. Until now:
“The Center of the Universe Cannot Exist When There are No Edges.”
What a great line. That’s something that you can’t just read once. You have to read it again and think about it. It takes a minute to realize who you are what what your purpose is. However, it take a lot more time to sit down and think and interpret the geography of the entire universe itself. Is Marilyn Manson really singing about science, space, and geography? It wouldn’t be an overstatement to see no one saw this coming.
Great lyrics like this aren’t just thoughtlessly spit into a microphone. Marilyn Manson is clearly spending less time with his makeup and more time with a pen and paper and books. Sometimes he is re-establishing the same message in a different light, but overall Born Villain is creating a new message altogether. This is without question the hardest Marilyn Manson has ever worked and you can tell that he truly enjoys writing otherwise he wouldn’t be putting so much effort into his lyrics. It almost seems as if the previous seven almost were just a backstory and Born Villain is the main act.
The two-word theme Born Villain is “No Reason” This phrase was interestingly enough inspired by an excerpt from Shakespeare’s Macbeth:
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death
Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow,
A poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more
It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
Manson begins the song “Overneath the Path of Misery” reciting this. Honestly, it’s my least favorite part of the album because it takes almost a minute for the music to begin. But it’s worth the wait. This song is the best song on the album and has the best lyrics. The name itself is somewhat Shakespearian because Manson is at it again with wordplay creating his own word “Overneath” I’m instantly urged to want to quote my favorite lyric in the entire album:
“You’re not a shovel and I am not your dirt.”
This lyric is pretty self explanatory but the rest are really deep and require a lot of historical and literary knowledge to understand. I still don’t fully understand all of them. There is one lyric in this song that I found completely awesome because at first i t sounds nonsensical however it’s kind of like a puzzle you have to solve to understand.
The lyric is:
“Dad is missing an E.”
What the hell does this mean? It’s a puzzle. Let’s solve it. What’s another name for “Dad.” Father. Another name for father? God. Okay, we have half of the puzzle solved, let’s figure out what he means by “Missing an E.” Well….if we look at the word DAD you can add an E to it and it spells “DEAD.” So basically this is a Nietzsche quote,“God is Dead.”
Get it? Pretty clever huh?
Here’s another one….
“The rape of Persephone
Was choreographed by all the wrong greeks”
Here’s a link in case you’re not up to date with your ancient Greek plays.
I’m really not 100% sure I’m right, but the way I interpret this is like this: This is basically a humorous reference to the Greeks who refused to let females act in their plays. It points out that the choreography of Persephone’s rape was done “by all the wrong greeks” because it would have been much more entertaining if Persephone were played by a woman and was raped by women.
I’m probably completely wrong about that intreptation…lol. Anyway, I can’t believe I’ve written two thousand words without even mentioning how genius of a songwriter Twiggy Ramirez. He is equally responsible for all of Marilyn Manson’s success.
Some other notable tracks that I’ve really enjoyed are a cover of “You’re So Vain.” and a really dark song called, “Children of Cain.” There’s simply too much about this album to write about, you just got to listen to it for yourself.
This new Manson album is definately something new and unexpected. It’s something creepy and cryptic that will follow you wherever you go. When one chorus slips from you mind another will replace it. These songs will undoubtedly be stuck in my head for the rest of my miserable life. Thank fucking god!