Sound — 9
The eight studio album by the band known as Marilyn Manson, so does it match up to the genious that was "Antichrist Superstar", "Holy Wood", or "Mechanical Animals"? No unfortunately, but it sure as heck passes "Golden Age Of Grotesque", or "Smells Like Children" and "Comes Close" to matching "Holy Wood", the sound isn't as original but still consists of creepy guitars and keyboards, to give it a unique Marilyn Manson sound, that I have always liked, and this album is no exception.
Lyrics — 9
Marilyn Manson has a terrific uniqueness most other vocalists can only try and get, and the lyrics are as Manson-ish as usual as you can get, depressing, true, murders suicide or just sad and depressing stuff in general, the lyrics are great too bringing out the originality in Manson once again which is a great thing in itself so this is one of his best albums for singing wise.
Overall Impression — 9
It doesn't match up the to "Antichrist", or "Mechanical Animals", but it surpasses "Golden Age Of Grotesque", in every way possible, my favourite song on it is "No Reflection", "Gardener" or "Born Villain". The bonus track, "Your So Vain", is no slouch either, so while not the immediate choice for a Marilyn Manson, fans, its a great album in its self, and a good buy for anyone interested.