Marilyn Manson
Heaven Upside Down


3.5
great

Review

by Eames USER (2 Reviews)
October 6th, 2017 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just going through the motions

Growing old isn’t easy because everything gets old at some point, including Manson and his shocking persona. I’m using “shocking” liberally because he wasn’t controversial for a long time now and the latest album doesn’t change that. Voltaire said that “In order to see what rules over you, find out what you’re not allowed to criticize.” And it’s been decades since last time it was rebellious to mock Christianity, conservatism, America or to say “fu*k”. Now imagine the s*itstorm if Manson decided to rip into the current holy cows of virtue signalling: Muslims, BLM, “dreamers”, feminists, LGBT, diversity, Pepsi. It could be a scandal of Columbine proportions. Instead, Manson is doing the politically correct thing and like many others is showing mock Trump assassinations. And don’t forget the classic finger-licking, Bible-tearing one-two punch! Yawn.

“I write the songs to fight and to f*ck to. If you wanna fight then I will fight you, if you wanna f*ck I will f*ck you.” The bluntness of album’s lyrics remind of Golden Age Of Grotesque except this time it’s unironic. GAOG got away with low-brow because it was having fun while merely pretending to be stupid. It was imitating Weimar’s degenerate art. Heaven Upside Down is imitating Manson at his heyday. When you’re old and fat you’re neither sexy nor threatening, so singing about sex or violence looks pretentious at best and pathetic at worst. Despite that, credit where credit’s due – Manson still pulls off clever wordplay: "I'm unstable, I'm not a show horse"; "Cash is a poor man's money"; "I'm not being mean, I'm just being me"; "Cocaine and Abel / Bible and Babel".

But maybe you don’t care about lyrics, so what’s the music like? Sonically it’s Pale Emperor 2.0 with a more raw edge. For some fleeting moments it even manages to channel Antichrist Superstar punk rock. There’s still catchy riffs and industrial synths. You have your aggressive single, your funky sexy track, your bluesy closer. Overall it’s similar to Pale Emperor. Hold on, am I repeating myself? I’m trying to say (and there’s not much to say) that if you are a Manson’s fan (I am) you will like Heaven Upside Down (I do). But if you don’t like nu-Manson, the album won’t win you over because it offers nothing new. So, f*ck you? Whoa! ACCIDENTAL LYRICS AND EDGY CAPS, MOTHERF*CKER!

OK, I'll stop. Album is "OK" too.


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Simon Killip CONTRIBUTOR (3.5)
The God of almost fu*king it up....

CompostCompote (2)
He knows where you live?...

John M (3)
The 90's shock rocker delivers yet another solid album....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Aerisavion
October 6th 2017


1084 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Edgy.

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UniqueUniverse
October 6th 2017


6692 Comments


I feel like I'm reading someone's inner monologue while listening to the album. This review is lack of punctuation and formatting away from being early 20th century European futuristic free-flowing poem.

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coldheaven
October 6th 2017


186 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

R.I.P. Manson's hayday

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Eames
October 6th 2017


19 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pepsi L O C A T E D

coldheaven
October 6th 2017


186 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bepis rlz errthing round me

BlackwaterPork
October 6th 2017


1014 Comments


What the...

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Eames
October 6th 2017


19 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If someone is "offended" by the ending nonsensical sentence: it's just me mocking his overuse of naughty words.

DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2017


15598 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Prefer the previous album

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butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2017


5250 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

this guy puts the Geez I Tits in Zeitgeist..

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BlackwaterPork
October 6th 2017


1014 Comments


Is this really a 1.5 or a 2?

butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2017


5250 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

he puts the Geez I Tits in Zeitgeist, Blackwater.. the Geez I Tits!

BlackwaterPork
October 6th 2017


1014 Comments


Good (upside down) Heavens!!

SweeneyTodd
October 6th 2017


1430 Comments


Manson has always been poking fun at conservatives, what made you think he would attack liberal stances? Sure it would cause a scandal, but that's not why Manson does things, he's only ever been attacking conservative views and trying to make people think for themselves, question everything. Yeah he's the original edgelord but a lot of your review doesn't seem to get he poked fun at Trump, not because it's trendy, but because Trump represents the stereotype of conservative americans, fat, thick, racist and afraid.

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coldheaven
October 6th 2017


186 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

R U Mess 4 real?

CompostCompote
October 6th 2017


775 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

You can tell the difference between conservatives and liberals nowadays, friend? Kudos to whatever Super Spidey sight you have.

DarkSideOfLucca
October 6th 2017


7480 Comments


I actually liked this a lot when I first heard it but that was because I was highly anticipating this one...

Now...meh. I don't know what to rate it, but it's probably between a 2.5 and 3 - it keeps getting more boring, whereas Pale Emperor kept getting more catchy and interesting.

rodrigo90
October 6th 2017


3101 Comments


Has Manson's voice improved? or is destroyed as always?

DarkSideOfLucca
October 6th 2017


7480 Comments


Ehhh I don't think it improved. I thought it was great on Emperor, but on songs like Revelations it just doesn't do it for me like it used to.

nocuffin
October 6th 2017


1876 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

nice review tbh

got some flaair

SweeneyTodd
October 6th 2017


1430 Comments


"R U Mess 4 real?"

I fucking wish

"You can tell the difference between conservatives and liberals nowadays, friend? Kudos to whatever Super Spidey sight you have."

Of course i can, one side is racist to anyone who isn't white, the other is racist towards anyone who IS white



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