The Golden Age of Grotesque [Bonus DVD] [Explicit Lyrics]

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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.
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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. [Initial copies of The Golden Age of Grotesque
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: 602498000373
  • Catalog Number: 000037010

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Thaeter (1:14)
  2. 2 This Is the New Shit (4:19)
  3. 3 Mobscene (3:25)
  4. 4 Doll-Dagga Buzz-Buzz Ziggety-Zag (4:10)
  5. 5 Use Your Fist and Not Your Mouth (3:34)
  6. 6 The Golden Age of Grotesque (4:05)
  7. 7 (S)aint (3:42)
  8. 8 Ka-Boom Ka-Boom (4:02)
  9. 9 Slutgarden (4:06)
  10. 10 Spade (4:34)
  11. 11 Para-Noir (6:01)
  12. 12 The Bright Young Things (4:19)
  13. 13 Better of Two Evils (3:48)
  14. 14 Vodevil (4:39)
  15. 15 Osequey (The Death of Art) (1:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Doppelherz
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marilyn Manson Primary Artist, Piano, Saxophone, Vocals, Mellotron, Synthesizer Bass
Tim Skold Bass, Guitar, Accordion, Keyboards, Loops, Synthesizer Bass, electronics
Madonna Wayne Gacy Synthesizer, Keyboards, Loops, electronics
Ginger Fish Drums, Leader
John 5 Guitar, Piano, Rhythm Guitar
Technical Credits
Marilyn Manson Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation, Audio Manipulation
Ben Grosse Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
Tim Skold Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing, beats
Madonna Wayne Gacy Composer, Melody Arrangement
Ross Garfield Drum Technician
John 5 Composer, Orchestral Arrangements
Blumpy Digital Editing
Tom Baker Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    different from the rest

    i think this album was about someone that pissed him off big time just listen to (s)aint poatery in its own right. the album is alot mellower than the rest more accectible to socity (in its own twisted way)but

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Golden Age Of Greatness

    Marilyn Manson is a captivating star who has made many enemies on his way to superstardom and many of them would have loved to have seen him fall flat on his face, well hard lines because this album is a definate best seller. the 6th studio album form the Arch Dandy Of Dada has very few faults i can pick with it the only one would be the annoying distortion on the mic during the title track. this album is crammed with cool riffs and some of the most inspiring lyrics of his career. if you like Manson You'll love this because behind all of the playfull freindliness of the new look he's still one mean mother.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    RUN...don't walk...to the store and buy this!

    Unbelievable...just when you think Marilyn can't get any better, he goes and proves you wrong! This is an awesome-sounding album -- and the lyrics are...well...typical Manson (how else can you say it). mOBSCENE, This Is the New S---, and (S)aint are just GREAT songs! No Marilyn fan should find fault with THIS latest effort. Nor should they be without this album!

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