Marilyn Manson
Eat Me, Drink Me


4.0
excellent

Review

by Porter W. Richards USER (62 Reviews)
June 5th, 2007 | 60 replies | 21,078 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Marilyn Manson guts his sound successfully while keeping his shock rock style.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Marilyn Manson-with all of his oddities aside, truly has a talent for making catchy tunes while keeping a creepy, guitar-driven yet industrial feel to his music. From the heavy, industrial albums Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) to the more poppy, radio-friendly anthems of Antichrist Superstar, Manson manages to make his music universally appealing while keeping it creepy and dark. Manson's music has always been haunting and gothic, but with Manson's latest attempt, Eat Me, Drink Me, Manson keeps the dark, creepy aura while completely gutting his sound-making it harder, and more guitar-driven then ever. The industrial sound is remotely present, but isn't as prevelent and focused on in this album as it used to be.

Not only is the music more mainstream and guitar-driven, Manson has introduced an trendy 80s keyboard influence, which is easily apparent in songs like Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand); where the keyboards and synthesizers give the song a new-wave feel while keeping the 'creepy' and 'dark' feel of Manson's music. Outside of Manson gutting his sound, the vocals haven't really changed much; he still moans, groans, echoes, and it still works with the music; especially in songs like If I Was Your Vampire.

The songs are ridiculously catchy; in fact, Manson appears at the top of his songwriting skills even if a title of one of his songs is called Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand). The lyrics stem from recent break-ups, his absence from music, and his obsession with Lewis Carroll. Manson bleeds his heart much better than he ever has-but this time, he makes some of the catchiest music he's ever created. Putting Holes in Happiness has a simplistic, yet catchy chorus and the beat is rather addicting. So goes for the rest of the album.

Manson is a wonderful musician, and one of the last true rock stars, whether you can believe it or not. If I Was Your Vampire is a complete epic, and Manson is possibly the only person who can pull off the multitude of styles in this album. Going from a cheap, 70s rock simplistic guitar riff to an 80s keyboard hook, the album seems a retrospective of the times, while keeping the shock rock style; even if this album has gone a bit more towards the typical mainstream. There's plenty other greats on Eat Me, Drink Me, like They Said That Hell's Not Hot, which incorporates a rather simplistic guitar riff into a catchy, easily radio-friendly song. Are You the Rabbit? builds off of Manson's obsession with Lewis Carroll, while pulling fairy-tale like lyrics off in style with an all-around catchy song and hook.

Marilyn Manson may be moving away from his shock rock style; but it doesn't make Manson's music any less shocking or different. It's still strange and creepy, but Manson's passion has always been pure rock, and with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails out of his hair, it seems as if Marilyn Manson can finally do what he wants. Even though it drags at the end, Eat Me, Drink Me is a solid release that shows Manson progressing well and maturing his sound, while keeping the shock/industrial sound that made him a hit in the first place. Its a shame that most people will dismiss this album because its Manson, but actually listening to this album and giving it a chance will change what you know about the man behind the 'shock rock'.

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If I Was Your Vampire
Putting Holes in Happiness
They Said That Hell's Not Hot
Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)
Are You the Rabbit?



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Comments:Add a Comment 
mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 5th 2007



17911 Comments


i am not a manson fan 5/5

tribestros
June 5th 2007



918 Comments


im not a manson fan but the record is amazing

CoRpSeSlAyEr
June 5th 2007



855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Best Manson album since Holy Wood. He never seems to dissapoint.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 5th 2007



16071 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album is incredibly boring and offputting.

Digging: Trophy Scars - Holy Vacants

tribestros
June 5th 2007



918 Comments


Boring? Do you not like rock?

astrel
June 5th 2007



2613 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I actually expected to enjoy this. Good review, but damn, I hate this album.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 5th 2007



16071 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Its just a digression of everything else he has done. I like Antichrist Superstar but after that he has just become ugh.

tribestros
June 5th 2007



918 Comments


He wanted to do rock and roll and drop industrial; because the industrial side of him was all pushed upon him by Trent Reznor and his Nothing Records label. So he did what he wanted, self-indulgent music.

astrel
June 5th 2007



2613 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The music also sounds like a boring version of Mew's awesome sound. (but that could be just me thinking that)

tribestros
June 5th 2007



918 Comments


It doesn't matter; because everyone's allowed to have their own opinions...

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 5th 2007



16071 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Werll he sunded better when Trent was pushing him then.

tribestros
June 5th 2007



918 Comments


He knew he would alienate his fanbase; so I guess what he expected happened. Surprising; I figured this would be a classic.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 5th 2007



16071 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Seems t me the peple mst enjying this are his anbase rm the lks it.


guess which keys mine are nt wrking anymre!This Message Edited On 06.05.07

CoRpSeSlAyEr
June 5th 2007



855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh, it is. This is way better than GAOG, even though i loved that one too.

tribestros
June 5th 2007



918 Comments


I can't even read Iluvatar's comment.

This is the first disc I can enjoy that Manson made and I'm a NIN fanboy which surprises me. I guess I could tolerate Mechanical Animals...

tribestros
June 5th 2007



918 Comments


Iluvatar...LOL!!!

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 5th 2007



16071 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

my keybard is all brke argh
I am saying that the peepsthat seem t like this album the greatest are peeps that already liked Mansn.

tribestros
June 5th 2007



918 Comments


I didn't like Manson...

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 5th 2007



4405 Comments


RELVEANCE
Relevance.


Erm....


This Message Edited On 06.05.07

tribestros
June 5th 2007



918 Comments


Ooooh now I get it...



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