Born Villain is something that is wrapped up in nostalgia. For many who grew up in
the 90's Marilyn Manson was someone to be loved or despised; his music left a mark on the
youth of that generation. Fast forward to 2007/2009 and it's quite easy to see that the once
great rocker had fallen into a funk, creating albums that were deeply personal and hard to
withstand without knowing the reasons behind the tracks.***Born Villain is less grief
ridden than Manson's previous two albums, and more of a focused effort. He's moved past some
of the theme's of old and crafted an album that is both tied in the present while giving
long time fans a glimmer of his past. Repeated listens only heighten this effect, and often
songs that appear strange at first glance end up being stuck in one's head throughout the
day. ***While the album isn't groundbreaking it is a sight for sore eyes, seeing Manson once
again find himself. Did I mention his vocal delivery has only gotten better with age?
1. Hey, Cruel World: 10/10r2. No Reflection: 8/10r3. Pistol Whipped: 5/10r4. Overneath the Path of Misery: 10/10r5. Slow-Mo-Tion: 11/10r6. The Gardener: 8/10r7. The Flowers of Evil: 8/10r8. Children of Cain: 9/10r9. Disengaged: 7/10r10. Lay Down Your Goddamn Arms: 9/10r11. Murderers Are Getting Prettier Every Day: 7/10r12. Born Villain: 10/10r13. Breaking the Same Old Ground: 11/10r14. You're So Vain (ft. Johnny Depp): 10/10rTotal: 122/140; 3.7/5r
The lyrics are awful ("Do you think I asked for this/let me show you what I think of your lips?" And not even all the processing on the vocals can make up for his trashed voice. It's pretty painful to listen to.