Sound — 8
Musically, this album is a cross between the highly-polished production of "Mechanical Animals" and the dark sonic character of "Antichrist Superstar". It sounds like hard rock, genre-wise, and has plenty of guitar and keyboard parts. This record is also the first one for which John 5 performed guitar. Sadly, his talent is underused here. Twiggy Ramirez is as good of a composer as ever.
Lyrics — 8
Manson used this album, in many ways, as a rebuttal to those who had blamed him for the Columbine massacre. He also used it to criticize the aspects of society that cause such events to occur, such as our unconscious glorification of Martyrdom. The usual criticisms of organized religion, particularly Christianity, can also be found. Manson's vocal quality is up there with his work on "Mechanical Animals".
Overall Impression — 7
The album, though not a masterpiece as the previous two had been, is still pretty good. My favorite songs from it are "The Love Song", "Target Audience", "Coma Black", and "Valentines Day/The Fall of Adam". The rest, though, are not up to what at the time was his usual standard. More than anything else, the songs are forgettable. The record is still better, though, than "The Golden Age of Grotesque" or "Eat Me, Drink Me".