The Golden Age of Grotesque [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Nothing's shocking -- to borrow a phrase from Perry Farrell -- in the world of Marilyn Manson anymore. After a decade or so of exploring kinky sex, blasphemy, and pro-drug proselytizing, Manson's pretty much said all there is to say, as he readily admits in the surprisingly self-aware "This Is the New Shit." Still, Manson and company manage to doll up, in appropriately fetishistic manner, those messages in some intriguing new ways. "mOBSCENE" charges along with surprisingly funky twists powering a niftily twisted drill team cheer, while "Saint" takes a more human, if admittedly still emotion-free, view of sexual coupling. Tim Skold, stepping in for departed bassist ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Nothing's shocking -- to borrow a phrase from Perry Farrell -- in the world of Marilyn Manson anymore. After a decade or so of exploring kinky sex, blasphemy, and pro-drug proselytizing, Manson's pretty much said all there is to say, as he readily admits in the surprisingly self-aware "This Is the New Shit." Still, Manson and company manage to doll up, in appropriately fetishistic manner, those messages in some intriguing new ways. "mOBSCENE" charges along with surprisingly funky twists powering a niftily twisted drill team cheer, while "Saint" takes a more human, if admittedly still emotion-free, view of sexual coupling. Tim Skold, stepping in for departed bassist Twiggy Ramirez, hews more closely to industrial tradition, bringing the noise slow and sludgy on "Vodevil" and "Para-Noir" and ramping up the electronic gadgetry on "Doll Dagga Buzz Buzz Ziggety Zag," which sounds, interestingly enough, pretty much exactly like the title would indicate. As is his wont, Manson tries a little too hard to mold certain songs into anthems -- the Clockwork Orange–derived "Use Your Fist and Not Your Mouth" never quite gains enough momentum to be threatening. But on the flip side, when he gets misty-eyed and glammy, as on "The Bright Young Things," the ambience takes on a Spiders from Mars headiness. Although Manson likes to court the dank and the decayed, Golden Age shows no sign of rust, and there are fewer cracks in the façade than one might expect.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Timing is everything in pop music, and Marilyn Manson hit a zeitgeist in the mid-'90s with Antichrist Superstar, riding the post-alternative wave to the top of the charts with his dark, arty, industrial metal. He was a proud shock artist and a great interview, one of the few rockers of his time who stood his own against his attackers by offering articulate, informed counterarguments to their blustering rage. Like any shock rocker, though, the novelty wears thin fast, and what was once scary turns into self-parody. Manson, no stranger to rock history, attempted to circumvent this by turning quickly to the left with the glam-soaked Mechanical Animals, but in doing so he lost huge portions of his audience, and by the time he returned to scary industrial metal form on Holy Wood in 2000, he seemed out of date and few critics or fans paid attention. Three years later, he unleashed his fifth album, The Golden Age of Grotesque, and he still seemed out of step with the times, but there was a difference -- he sounded comfortable with that development. Also, by 2003, rock, particularly heavy metal, was in desperate need of artists with a grand vision and ambition, which Manson has in spades. After all, The Golden Age is designed to be a modern update of German art, vaudeville, and decadent Hollywood glamour of the '30s, all given a thudding metallic grind, of course. In an era when heavy rockers have no idea what happened in the '80s, much less the '30s, it's hard not to warm to this, even if his music isn't your own personal bag. Musically, Manson isn't departing from his basic sound -- he's following through on the return to basics Holy Wood represented -- but his first self-production has resulted in an album that feels light and nimble, even though it's drenched in distortion and screams. It feels as if Manson now feels liberated from not being consistently in the spotlight, and his music has opened up as well. With that new freedom, he gets silly on occasion -- the gibberish on the ridiculously titled "This Is the New Sh*t," the appropriation of Faith No More's "Be Aggressive" for "mOBSCENE," the lyric "You are the church/I am the steeple/When we f*ck we are God's People" -- but instead of knocking the record off track, they are part of the big picture on this oversized album. What matters here, as it always does on a Marilyn Manson album, is the overarching concept, and while The Golden Age of Grotesque has some kind of theme, its particulars aren't discernible, but the overall feeling resonates strongly. This messy, unruly, noisy burlesque may fall on its face, but it puts itself in the position where it can either stand or fall, and, unlike in the past, Manson isn't taking himself so seriously that he sounds stiff. It all adds up to a very good album -- maybe not his best, and certainly not one that will attract the most attention, but it's a hell of a lot grander than what his peers are producing, and holds its own with his previous records. It's also a bit more fun, too, and that counts for a lot.
Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
What's surprising is that there's still so much life in what Manson is rehashing.

What's surprising is that there's still so much life in what Manson is rehashing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2003
  • Label: Nothing
  • UPC: 602498000380
  • Catalog Number: 000037002
  • Sales rank: 30,633

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marilyn Manson Primary Artist, Vocals
Tim Skold Bass, Guitar, Accordion, Keyboards, Loops, Synthesizer Bass, electronics
Madonna Wayne Gacy Synthesizer, Keyboards, Loops, electronics
Ginger Fish Drums
John 5 Guitar, Piano, Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Marilyn Manson Composer, Producer
Ben Grosse Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
Tim Skold Composer, Producer, Artwork, Digital Editing, drum programming, beats
Madonna Wayne Gacy Composer, Melody Arrangement
Ginger Fish Rhythm Direction
Ross Garfield Drum Technician
John 5 Composer, Orchestration
Blumpy Digital Editing
Tom Baker Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Their Greatest Work

    I love Marilyn Manson, no doubt about that. I have loved them for going on nine years now. I love all of their albums and even adore their Spooky Kids days. It has been nice to see Manson evolve over time and especially nice considering he(they) is doing something creative and intelligent which many other artists fail to capture. My problem with this album isn't it's concept. I love to concept just fine and I respect where he is coming from on it. However, I think my problem starts with Tim Skold's involvement in it's production. It still has a slight Manson-esque sound but has too much KMFDM all over it. Marilyn Manson have always been rather industrial but not quite like this. I appreciate the change but it just never seemed quite right. The songs also sound too similar to me but there are some that I enjoy, such as Spade, Bright Young Things, and Mobscene. Perhaps his next release slated for spring this year titled, "Eat Me, Drink Me" will bring us back to that original Manson flavor and perhaps this time it will use less foreign spices.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Marilyn Manson Rocks!!!

    Well all i can say is im glad i got this album coz its great, love nearly all the tracks on the album although Baboon rape party??? lol wot a name for a song. His cover vision of tainted love is one of the best cover versions ive ever heard..probably better than the original!!! I love this is the new S**T!! its such a great song with a good beat. I think this album has a lot of rnb hip hop beats which im pleased he managed to mix in so well with rock. My other favourite tracks are USE YOUR MOUTH AND NOT YOUR FIST...such a great song and slutgarden, but of course the whole album is brilliant. WELL DONE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    This is my first manson cd and plan on getting future ones. Incase you don't know he has a greatest hits cd coming out soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Different then the other albums, but good.

    Although Twiggy Ramirez quit, Marilyn Manson still brings the best of the best music money can buy for us. Although "The Golden Age of Grotesque" is a little different than his recent albums, it still topped the music chart. And that's all I have been listening to all week.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He's back!

    The spooky kid is at it again with the latest album. Marilyn in his tradition has this album full of sinister topics. I think the music in this album is more involved than previous ones; he seems to let the music and his lyrics take turns. This album still has that deep driving bass with some dark sounds while its not all hits the whole thing is worth listening to for some pleasant ear candy. Overall the album is classic Manson although not as violent as ‘Antichrist Superstar’ its more exciting than ‘Mechanical Animals.’

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST MANSON EVER!

    This is by far the best "heavy" album of the last couple of years. It blows away the latest from contemporaries like: Disturbed, Godsmack, Anthrax and the Foo Fighters. This is better than anything Manson has done in the best, even AntiChrist Superstar. Great songs, cool lyrics, and awesome sound.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't dissapoint us

    I can't wait to buy TGAOG. Again Manson will surprise us with his new image and different sounds. What pisses me off is that it looks like Dita inspire (brainwash) Manson to make this album and dress different. I'll hope Marilyn Manson doesn't dissapoint us with this new album..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I've got a feeling about this one, fellas!

    Read my lips. This one is gonna be the feel-good album of 2003! I was able to download a few tracks from Kazaa, and this thing is slammin'! Marilyn has really crafted his art into something that holds true to itself, but also is really bouncy and is gonna be great for parties! A few of my favorites that I have heard so far include "My buttcheeks just keep sweating (since I fell in love with you)", "Cake & Ice Cream just ain't Goth enough for this cowboy" and "Snakeskin boots and a red dress" (featuring Michelle Branch). I really like the new look that Marilyn has, too. Amputating his arms was a big step, but it really adds to his "I'm not daddy's little girl anymore" image. My friend Mitch and I love driving around town in my dad's vette to this cd, gawking at all the chicks and inhaling glade. Once in a while we'll pick a fight with some homeless people, just for laughs. Get ready, MTV! The music industry has been deprived for too long, and Marilyn Manson is here in the nick of time for some new, fresh, and exciting music for the summer of 03!

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