Marilyn Manson
Mechanical Animals


4.0
excellent

Review

by SickoKid USER (3 Reviews)
April 8th, 2005 | 89 replies | 32,139 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


7 of 9 thought this review was well written

Love him or hate him, but you got to admit he's got balls. Well, maybe not on the cover of the album, but to go as far as he's gone with his antics, it's pretty impressive. I'm actually surprised there aren't many reviews for more Manson albums on MX but oh well. This is my first review so hopefully it's good.

This is a concept album and is about a character called Omega, an alien that is featured on the cover of the album. Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals and Holy Wood are all part of a story called the trypich, and is going to be released as a novel hopefully some day.

This is his 3rd full-length LP album after 'Portrait Of An American Family', 'Smells Like Children EP', and epic album 'Antichrist Superstar' after one listen of this album many hardcore Manson fans were most probably wondering what has happened to Marilyn Manson. Well kiddies, he has certainly evolved in his music. You see after Antichrist it seemed he has released most of his anger and has decided to make a Glam-Rock record. Some of the songs are very reminiscent of one his of inspirations, David Bowie, especially the introduction to 'I Don't Like The Drug's (But The Drugs Like Me) In case you didn't know, the band members got their names from famous female stars and notorious serial killers respectively. Anyway, on with the review.


Great Big White World -
Just by the opening echoed guitar riff, you know that he has changed. It is a rather slow song, and only really picks up in the chorus a bit. This song has great lyrics and Manson really shines in his singing. The guitar is rather basic and is a good beginner song to learn. The keyboard interludes and the overall playing throughout the song sound really good. A great opener to this album, it shows what is to come. 4/5

The Dope Show -
I'm sure you have all heard this song. This was definitely the most popular song from the album, and got voted best video by MTV as well. The verses are pretty much just vocals and a bass driven riff. The only guitar that is to be heard is power chords in the chorus. This song is extremely catchy; it has been stuck in my head forever. The song is about Hollywood and how when you are on the covers of magazines your beloved by the community and as you fade away people start to forget about, and focus on the fad of the time. There is a lot of keyboard synths in the song. The drumming is rather average. 4/5

Mechanical Animals -
This song was originally going to be released as a single, but never was. The reason is unknown and I think it is one of the best tracks off the album and would have been a great single. Opens with a catchy and rocking riff and then goes into the verse with Manson singing and bass and drums behind him. After the chorus is a really great fill/interlude between the verse and is Manson singing beautifully with great drumming and some acoustic guitar in the background. At around 3:40 the song hits its peak with a nice guitar riff and Manson repeating 'I'm so gone, playing the suicide king.' 4.5/5

Rock Is Dead -
This song was featured in the Matrix soundtrack and features little soundbites from the movie in the interlude. It was also performed at 98 VMA's with Manson naked covered in a mud like substance and only wearing a cowboy hat. At the end of the song they lit a cross made of TV's on fire. That certinanly didn't go down well with Christians. The song was also released as a single, and featured scenes from the Matrix. The song is rather bland and boring to me, but it is definitely a good choice as a single. 3/5

Disassociative -
This song is brilliant. The opening guitar reverbed guitar riff that echoes is excellent and the drums just come in at the right place. Manson's singing is definitely very emotional and you can definitely feel some pain in his lyrics and vocalwork. I really like Ginger Fish's drumwork on this track as it all fits well. The song is rather slow and quiet but picks up in the chorus with the power chords. At about 3:40 the song hits it peak like Mechanical Animals and the band comes in strong with Manson high-pitched screaming/singing. Definitely one of the best tracks on the album. The song ends on a rather weird noise, which continues on to the next song. 4.5/5

Speed Of Pain -
My favourite song off this album. So emotional and beautiful. A quiet and weird beginning until the soft acoustic guitar chords come in. It is just Manson and the acoustic guitar with backup singers in the background. The chorus is a distorted voice and works extremely well. This song has the best lyrics on the album I feel. At the end of 2nd verse there is a nice little drum fill. A great lyrical example out of this song is 'When you want it, goes away to fast, times you hate it, always seem to last, just remember when you think your free, the crack inside your ***ing heart is me' 5/5

Posthuman -
This is where the album starts to slip, but only for a short while. This song is just extremely boring to listen to I find. Maybe it just because it is after my favourite song on the album, I just can't put my finger on it. The only thing I like is the guitar riff and the drum work. I don't like Mansons vocals on this track. Nothing else to say about this song. 2/5

I Want To Disappear -
Another weak link of the album. The lyrics are really cheesy and boring and the whole song is just bland. The guitar is pretty interesting though, and so is the bass. They should have skipped putting this song on the album in my opinion because it certainly doesn't help out the album. One thing that is good is that the song is short clocking in at 2:56 so you get it over with quickly. 2.5/5

I Dont Like The Drugs (But The Drugs Like Me)
This song sure is interesting. Comes in with Manson singing 'I don't like the drugs, but the drugs like me' which is the main hook of the song. After that it is a pretty funky guitar fill, which sounds a lot like the start of David Bowie's ' Fame, so you can see he is influenced by him. This song was released as a single and has a really weird video. The verse's a driven by the guitar and bass riffs, and sound really good. As the song goes on the chorus sounds better and better when it includes a female backup singer in there. Good song. 4/5

New Model No. 15 -
This song reminds me of 'Posthuman' and 'I Want To Disappear' It contains cheesy lyrics, but has some interesting bits to it. The verses are really boring, but the chorus picks up the pace a bit with a great guitar riff and singing the title of the song over and over. It gets a bit repetitive after awhile but it is certinanly better than the two other tracks I listed. 3 /5

User Friendly -
This song certinanly shares a lot of similarities with a song 'Para-noir' off of The Golden Age Of Grotesque, with lyrics talking about using people for sex. It is a rather weird and groovy song, and is very poppy. The chorus is really catchy, but certinanly isn't as good as some of the other songs on the album. 3.5/5

Fundamentally Loathsome -
This is probably the slowest song on the album other Speed Of Pain. It reminds me of the circus because of the main riff. It is mainly driven by bass and drums. It certinanly picks up and gets heavier at about 3 or so minutes. When I first heard this song I really hated, but it has definitely grown on me, but it is in no way one of my favourite Manson tracks, nor is it a favourite off this album. 3.5/5

The Last Day On Earth -
This is a great song. It is extremely good when it is performed live. The song has great drumwork, and the lyrics are excellent. I can't hear much bass at all in it, but there certainly is some great guitar work. The chorus is really catchy, and is a one of the fan favourites. 4.5/5

Coma White -
My second favourite song of the album. The closing song of the album definitely is a great one. It was released as a single and got some negative attention in the media because the video was a reenactment of the Kennedy assassination in Manson's eyes. It starts with a basic but catchy guitar riff and Manson comes in singing with great lyrics. The chorus is definitely the best part of the song, as it talks about the Omega character. It is very catchy and is a great vocal delivery on Manson's part. This is a great way to close the album. 5/5

Overall, this is a great album. Sure there are a few boring and poorly done songs, but the good ones definately outweigh these. Go out and get this now if you want some good catchy music. Be warned though, this isn't usually what Marilyn Manson sounds like.

Recommended Tracks:
Speed Of Pain
Coma White
Disassociative
The Dope Show


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Comments:Add a Comment 
mansonkix420
July 8th 2005



4 Comments


alright you definately did NOT give manson his juctice on this record! I mean come on ( im the new im the new new model I got nothin inside better in the head and better at the office and can suck it and smile) those are great f**kin lyrics you dissed some great music really give it a chance and truly listen to every word manson says, every riff zim zum plays and every drum madonna wayne gacy hits this is probaly one of my favorite manson albums out there and it got me through depression this album kicks ass and you didn't give it the credit

clearvision
July 10th 2005



36 Comments


That was a great review, I agree with the slippage in the middle of the album.

The only thing I disagree on, i think the album picks back up around new model. And i also think dissasociative is the best song on the album...

Xander_Christ
July 15th 2005



132 Comments


Listen to 'Great Big White World' when hung-over, its the best hangover song of all time

SickoKid
August 29th 2005



11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

mansonkix420,

This IS my favourite Manson album. Everyone I have talked to has said that during the middle it kind of slips a bit, and I am just giving my opinion on the matter. Those lyrics really aren't THAT great, he has definately done a lot better.

Xander_Christ,

Haha, do you know what? I listented to that on Sunday morning after a night out, and your fucking right! Best song for a hangover haha.

NuMetalMania
January 19th 2006



325 Comments


Dope Show is wicked. Did MM really throw his Mic at ginger-fish during a show???

mmfan486
January 23rd 2006



17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is my favourite Marilyn Manson album, and for the most part SickoKid you hit the nail on the head, though I seem to like Rock Is Dead a lot better than you do.
And NuMetalMania, I don't know about that but I wouldn't put it past him. I do know that when Sara Lee Lucas was in the band, Manson set his drum kit on fire so he quit.

Xander_Christ
February 4th 2006



132 Comments


"every riff zim zum plays and every drum madonna wayne gacy hits"

Gacy plays keyboards, not drums.
This Message Edited On 02.04.06

metaldude437
April 10th 2006



61 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i would put the dope show on their highlights

deadinholywood
April 25th 2006



238 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

NuMetalMania, Manson is always thowing stuff around when playing live, when i saw him the band he almost pushed John 5 off the stage on 3 seperate occasions and threw a mic stand at Ginger Fish's head near the end of the show.
Good Times

As for Mechanical Animals it's probably my second favourite manson album, i love the pop influence and that he was able to do something a little different. Coma White is my all time favourite Manson song its simply fantastic, Great Big White World is up there as well, however i do agree that there is a dip around the middle of the cd.

johnny5
May 6th 2006



8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album I dont care what anybody says.

jameskukucka
June 24th 2006



308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is a great album, not manson's best, but solid

CoRpSeSlAyEr
February 10th 2007



855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album. Every single song on this album is great. That is very rare. User friendly is the only song that isn't amazing.

tomwaits4noman
December 12th 2007



91 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

manson goes glam..... it had to happen... actually the rock songs are cool the slower songs.... he does not have a great voice range
At least he had a sense of humor on some of these tracks, others he takes himself way too seriously....

Props for using porn stars as back signers

Speed of Pain and posthuman (it reminds me of the Prodigy) are pretty cool,
no mention of Dave Narrovo's guitar work on
I Dont Like The Drugs (But The Drugs Like Me)

mansonkix420

And wasn't Zim Zum fired during the recording of the album

John 5 and Twiggy played guitar on a no. of tracks as well.






Flyboy
August 2nd 2008



394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album. I picked it up the other day.

Meatplow
November 25th 2008



5524 Comments


Rediscovered it tonight, album is good in some ways horrible in others. Overall, worth a listen.

rasputin
November 25th 2008



14516 Comments


Has some good tracks, for sure. Coma White is still a favourite.

fireaboveicebelow
November 25th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that song was definantly something to see when I saw him last

Anthracks
December 23rd 2008



3669 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

My favorite Manson album all-around. Coma White is easily the best song on this one. User Friendly is a contender for one of his worst songs...

oalston
July 2nd 2009



91 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album follows right behind Antichrist Superstar and Holywood. Still a definite masterpiece.

bloc
September 16th 2009



34675 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

can't believe i dismissed Speed of Pain for so long; a really great song. Second favourite after Great White World.

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