Marilyn Manson
Eat Me, Drink Me


3.5
great

Review

by Simon STAFF
November 25th, 2014 | 51 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The start of something new.

Brian’s band has seen a lot of changes over the years, but it's from ‘The Golden Age of Grotesque’ era onward where the band took drastic changes. The departure of Twiggy after ‘Holy Wood’ brought in Tim Skold who took on the role of bass player and producer, as well as contributing with John 5 to make the music for ‘TGAOG’. The timeframe between ‘TGAOG’ and ‘Eat Me, Drink Me’ saw the departures of John 5, Ginger Fish and Gacy, leaving only Manson and Skold to write ‘Eat Me, Drink Me’ for its 2007 release.

The sixth studio album is considerably different to previous releases, the most obvious change comes from the musical style which does a complete 180 on what you know the band for; all the industrial elements are a thing of the past and while the album does contain dark subject matters – the title being inspired by the infamous Armin Meiwes story is an indication he hasn’t lost all his roots – the record is a lot more upbeat than anything you’ve come to hear from the band before.

Manson takes his song writing to even more accessible places, with almost pop style melodies placed in songs like ‘Heart-Shaped Glasses’ and ‘Putting Holes in Happiness’. You’ll be surprised by tracks like ‘Just a Car Crash Away’ and the album closer ‘Eat Me, Drink Me’ which sees Manson pour his pain into the songs, the resulting effect really does leave you feeling what he is saying. It’s this approach, with these unconventional surprises, that make the album work really well. ‘The Golden Age...’ saw Manson vocally at his best, but lyrically at his worst. This time round he’s much more grounded in his approach and manages to create some solid lyrics that aim more around themes, rather than his sex life, and vocally he doesn’t attempt to find catchy, repetitious hooks, aiming more for solid melodies.

More to my surprise, musically, Eat Me, Drink Me holds up just as strong as any other of Manson’s records. The change in style is even more simplistic but all the instruments really do shine for it. The drums on this record have their own character, notably found on ‘I Am Your Vampire’ which really brings that thick atmosphere to the song. And that’s something you can really give Tim credit for, his guitar effects, tones, and even bluesy solos, not only bring a consistent tone that is found throughout the whole album, but when it comes to the more pain-fuelled songs Tim really accommodates the vocals with what he plays, making the songs that much more effective.

To date this is Manson’s shortest release. At just 11 tracks you’d think it would be a perfect length for this type of record but, unfortunately it starts to overstay its welcome. The beginning of the album starts off really strong and has plenty of variety, but as soon as it gets past the track Heart-Shaped Glasses every song, with the exception of the title-track, which is a great closer, is forgettable. All four tracks suffer both musically and vocally for being very mundane and uninteresting, they left me thinking they were b-side tracks than songs you’d put on a final album.

Overall, with the band being stripped down to just two members, the album ended up being surprisingly solid and really showed a fresh side to a band that had, then, been going for a decade and a half. The main problems fall under not being able to keep the momentum going through its 11 track stay. But with a consistently dark tone, solid work held up by Tim, and Manson doing a great vocal performance throughout, ‘Eat Me, Drink Me’ is a worthy entry.

Worth Checking Out.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2014


15240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Continuing on with the Manson discog.



As always constructive criticism always welcome guys.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2014


15240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

While I enjoy the sound more on TGAOG, this had such a cool atmosphere to it, and was a damn site better effort from Manson lyrically.

Sciroccu
November 25th 2014


913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review !

Superb album, vocals are very good (this style of music and the slower tempo fit his voice well).

There's a great atmosphere on it, I really enjoyed this album back in the day.

LightChaotic
November 25th 2014


188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really like the tone of this album. Holy Wood and Mechanical Animals are far and away his best work in my opinion, but Eat Me, Drink Me and Born Villain are great in their own ways. Not a fan of Golden Age or High End of Low personally. They sound like Manson putting on an act to my ears. Like he's acting as a parody of himself. They have some great instrumental work, which Manson always excels at (Seriously... can we get some more OST work from him?)... but the lyrics are lacking and his vocals are a pale imitation of his best work.



Luckily his new album seems to fall more along the lines of Drink Me and Villain.

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2014


18236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Putting holes in happiness is one of his best songs and videos

Digging: Our Oceans - Our Oceans

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2014


15240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think all the singles on this record kick ass, but yeah, puttinghholes into happiness slays.

LightChaotic
November 25th 2014


188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just a Car Crash Away is fucking awesome.

trackbytrackreviews
November 25th 2014


3382 Comments


Gonna disagree this sucks

Veldin
November 25th 2014


3833 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, mate. Who's looking forward to Pale Emperor?

BigPleb
November 26th 2014


57827 Comments


Never been a fan of Manson, something about his sound and voice has always irked me.

zakalwe
November 26th 2014


26970 Comments


Cos he's shit.
Eat me, drink me?
Nah it's alright brian I think I'll just kick you square in the bollocks.

Supercoolguy64
November 26th 2014


8808 Comments


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD0kqajoztk

Digging: The Shizit - Script Kiddie

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2014


15240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To each their own pleb. I personally love his voice when he actually tries. Ha



Cheers veldin. I'm looking forward to the new album. Cupid carries a gun sounded awesomeaand the new single is pretty good.

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2014


18236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Great review, pos'd. I disagree about it dragging though, though the second half is certainly less attention grabbing than the first. The only songs I'm not crazy about are Mutilation and Hell's Not Hot.

thacoconut94
December 20th 2014


1497 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Those songs are great talons! My least are are you the rabbit and just a car crash

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2014


15240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just felt it lacked a little the same awesome momentum the first half of the album had. By, man was this a great album tonally

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2014


18236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

The second half is definitely more subtle, I had to really pay attention to catch what was going but there's some definite strong moments like some of the outros.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2014


15240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really think this is the most underrated though. For sure.

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2014


18236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

It is, reminded me a lot of The Cure and Sisters of Mercy with some of those tasty guitar riffs.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2014


15240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Cure has been compared to this a few time, I think.



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