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Marilyn Manson
The High End Of Low
Interscope Records
www.marilynmanson.com


It's hard to teach an old dog new tricks. It's also hard to maintain high interest in a shocking trend without boring everyone to death. I hate to say it, but there's sometimes nothing worse than listening to someone you've always enjoyed; like Marilyn Manson and his latest release, The High End Of Low, and hoping it won't disappoint, and then - be disappointed. The first track, "Devour" should be somewhere at the end. Maybe its the placement, but it feels like I'm saying goodbye and not hello. The abrupt end made me check my CD to make sure it wasn't screwed up. I'm not amused, guy. Now, granted, the 'shock' is still there, for anyone who was born twenty minutes ago or for anyone who is still trying to make their mom mad, but I guess I'm no longer that person.

The return of Twiggy makes for reminiscing the old days but that's about it. It's underwhelming. Perhaps people like me were hoping for a rekindle of Anti-Christ Superstar? Yes, I admit it's better than the previous release, Eat Me, Drink Me, but I just wanted that spark to return. That unexplainable "yeah, this is the shit," that makes me want to scream lyrics and snarl at authority. This release was just more of the same. Yeah, I guess its alright. Some tracks, such as "Arma-Godd**m-mother-F**ken-Gedden" are marginally amusing. The lyrics make me think he was regretful over something and lyrically it all sounds usual for Marilyn, but nothing on this release sticks out to me. It's all average. It doesn't suck, but it doesn't make me want to fill in a few hundred words about it either. I could probably sum it up with a :shrug:.

-Elysabeth Williams

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