Sound — 9
This album is innovative and unique. The sound is more like classic Manson and takes me back to "Portrait Of An American Family". The style varies from song to song and just when you think you know where the album is going, it changes direction. The album overall is impressive and rekindled my flame for Manson after it was doused a little by "Eat Me, Drink Me", soon to be only half-way revived with "The High End Of Low".
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are Manson style riddles and word-play. "Overneath The Path Of Misery" quotes lines from "Macbeth". Manson's voice is matured but still strong. Not as much of a vocal range as displayed in previous albums. The lyrics range from serious and dark to silly and neurotic.
Overall Impression — 9
This album is on my top three of Manson albums, along with "Golden Age Of Grotesque" and "Portrait Of An American Family". Manson brings something a little different to all of his albums and this one is modern and edgy, but not overly in-your-face lyrically or musically. It is not a super heavy album. The songs that will quickly get stuck in your head are "Born Villain", "Pistol Whipped" and "Overneath The Path Of Misery". There aren't any songs that I would skip over, the album is a great listen all the way through. Manson displays his aging descent into the world of rock by creating an album that is accompanied by visually stunning videos and a sound that any true Manson fan will appreciate. All-in all he shows that he still has it, but somehow he is just not that guy with the long black hair and striped leggings that we embraced during the "Portrait Of An American Family" era. This album shows traces that he is still in there somewhere, older and more defined. If this album was stolen I would replace it ASAP and then break someone's fingers.