Eat Me, Drink Me (2007)
Reviewed by MaT, added on Jun 1 2007
Marilyn Manson has been missing from the music scene for about 4 years. Most people would say that is a good thing. Once his shock shtick ran thin and the Columbine scapegoating by the media ran its course, most of his band either quit or went on to bigger and better things. After Jeordie White (a.k.a Twiggy Ramirez, who left for the greener pastures of A Perfect Circle and Nine Inch Nails) left the band, the music got decidedly suckier in quality and it seemed more and more like Manson blinked out of existence, occasionally popping up to do a crappy cover of an 80's synth-pop band. Strangely, his last album (and worst, until now) went platinum and instead of doing what most artists do, quickly recording and releasing a new album, he disappeared, only to resurface recently with news of a new album, banging 18 year old Evan Rachel Wood, and having a music video directed by James Cameron (?!). So, how's the new album? I thought you'd never ask...
It's absolute crap. I make no secret that I'm a big fan of Manson's 90's heyday. I think Antichrist Superstar was made great by Trent Reznor, and Mechanical Animals represents his best work. I can even listen to the earlier stuff without any difficulties. Unfortunately, Manson is yet another case of a musician who has far outlived his usefulness. I read that the entire album was written by Tim Skold, of KMFDM fame, and that's problem number one. Every song sounds exactly the same, with the exception of a couple, and every song seems to have a really awful 80's guitar solo thrown in to it. I'm exaggerating a bit on that, but in all honesty, there isn't a single track on this album that is worth any passable interest.
Manson's lyrics have never been his strong suit. In fact, they've always been of the eye-rolling, "o woe is me" Hot Topic variety and this album represents the worst of his worst. The dude's almost forty years old (and still, banging Evan Rachel Wood, must be good to be a rock star) and he's still screeching about suicide, blood stained sheets, vampires, and animalistic sex. In the past, the music was generally interesting enough to block out the absurd lyrics, but now that the music is one-step above ear gouging, it's just grating.
Four years ago Manson said he wouldn't put out another album. The promises of celebrities are always fickle, but why he would want to release something as terrible as this is a question only he can answer. Is there a place for Manson on the rock scene anymore? No. Perhaps that is why he's branching off into filmmaking and movie soundtracks. I'm not sure why this album is being released, but "Eat Me, Drink Me" (c'mon...how stupid a title is that?) is a monotonous, unoriginal album that is seriously lacking creativity and a purpose for being.