Sound — 9
This is about a romance, maybe concept, album. It might be because of his affair, divorce, and new girlfriend. But Manson was been recorded to quote, "I don't want people to think that the record is some kind of exploitation of my personal life." But there seems to be some parallels. The starting track "If I was your Vampire," sends a chilling signal about the concept of the album, and is what most people would want from Manson, the Antichrist Superstar. But the album takes a different turn, during the rest of the album, putting a more mellow, sincere mood to the album. On "The Red Carpet Grave" and "They said hell'd not hot," a western feel can be heard through guitarist, Tim Skold. Skold has put a lot more thought out in making this record, comparing to the "chords and riff" of past songs. He is even heard to solo in several songs. The sin side of sex is very noticeable, in "Are You the Rabbit?" and "You and Me and the Devil makes 3." Even "Heart-shaped Glasses" has a sexy, playboy feel to it. But the last track, "Eat Me, Drink Me," bring the album back where it started, with a dark, tragic, fantasy sound.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics can be disturbing and offensive to some listeners, but hard-core Manson fans should be okay with it. "Murdercute, happyrape, murdercute, happy, happy, happyrape, Killer," ("You and me and the Devil makes 3") is not what many people like to hear, but this is defiantly pure Manson. He is very open with everyone here, not afraid at all to admit his weaknesses and sins. "And we'll paint Over the evidence, I want your pain, To taste why you're ashamed, And I know you're not just what you say to me." ("Evidence") This seems to be deep and have a story behind it, something I've been wanting to here him say. The album parallels "Alice in Wonderland" as well. First off, the album is named, "Eat Me, Drink Me" which are written on the food that makes your grow or shrink. And the song, "Eat Me, Drink Me," has numerous references to the fantasy. The "Red Queen" is of course the Queen of Hearts, and the lines, "The trees in the courtyard Are painted in blood, So I've heard. She hangs the headless Upside down to drain." are about when the soldiers are executed for "painting the roses red" on the trees, when they were white. Isn't Manson still going to make the movie about C.S. Lewis?
Overall Impression — 7
This record has a different note than the ancestor albums. Manson doesn't have the same adolescent theme, "f-ck you, you don't control me," like the other albums have conveyed. The theme of sex is still there, but still in a different maturer form. I love the fact there is more guitar, cause the the riffs and stuff are a major influence on what I like. I am glad Skold did a good job on writing the songs. But I like Marilyn Manson to be a little more in my face, instead of "humming tragic tails in the back." The aggression is what I like, but the lyrics are better than past works.