It isn't overly hailed as a classic or masterpiece in most people's books, but I really really love this album. There are few sub-par moments and plenty of insanely infectious, engaging, moving, thrilling electro-glam-industrial-rock tunes that are gold. 'The Dope Show' is one of his well deserved signature hits, 'Dissasociative' is an underrated gem that is so stunningly overdramatic (a good thing in this case) 'Drugs' is a sleazy funk rocker etc. It's not quite an 'Antichrist'-style thrilling aural frenzy and there's no 'Beautiful People' here, but it's easily his most consistently enjoyable album.
Not as good as Antichrist or Holy Wood, it still showcases Manson's flexability in almost any genre. The album does stall twice but gets back up with flair and goes out with the epic The Last Day On Earth and Coma White.
This is my favourite Manson album; not because most of my favourite songs are on there but because I think the album works best as a whole. It falls short of the perfect score, because he did miss the mark on a few of the songs, but apart from that, it is a fantastic album.
This is (and from the looks of things will prolly remain) the best record Manson has ever put out. Unlike most of his works which hold their share of weaker tracks and fillers, Mechanical Animals is actually listenable from beginning to end. Manson's vocals are at their best here as his range often switches from guteral screams to melody in an instant. The band has incorporated a new sound here with influences of heavy metal, pop, and classical all present.
I think J.G. Ballard and Marilyn Manson would make great friends oddly enough. Some of these songs and lyrics sound like they could easily fit in as soundtrack music to any of Mr. Ballards novels. Both of these dudes have the same recurring theme of "the technical advancement of man toward his own demise". With this in mind, I find it almost ironic M.M. started to kind of suck after this interesting work. Does anyone else get the reference here to J.G. Ballard? Isn't Coma White a character reference from the book "Crash"? Anyone?