New album is amazing, seriously...... it sounds like a completely different band, just like all the other previous albums have sounded. The lyrics are some of the most personal lyrics he has written since Man that You Fear and Speed of Pain. You can tell it is very influenced by his pendng divorce and new relationship. It is very guitar oriented and it sounds great, there are a lot of guitar solos and I think that is a first for any Manson album. The guitar solo in Putting Holes in Happiness is awesome, that is my favorite song off the album I must say. All of the songs are great and there are some real gems lyrical wise, my favorites have to be, "Fuck you, fuck you, and fuck you too" off of 'Mutilation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery', "I sell my shadow to those that are standing in it, They think I would bitch about them, Thinking they are the shit, When they can't even step in it" from 'Mutilation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery', and "I should have picked the photograph it lasted longer than you" courtesy of 'Putting Holes in Happiness.'
Run down of the album:
1. If I Was Your Vampire - Very dramatic, melancholy sound, sounds almost theatrical, very seductive in a unhappy ending, not-good-for-you way.
2. Putting Holes in Happiness - My personal favorite on the album, it has a very somber feel to it and a great guitar solo, very heavily guitar driven in general, has a great bluesy feel to it. AMAZING SONG! My dad liked it too.
3. The Red Carpet Grave - A faster paced song, very catchy beat you can't help tapping your toes to, in this song Marilyn warns us of the perils of dating a celebrity (especially when you are one too.)
4. They Said That Hell's Not Hot - Very mournful and has a great sound to it, blues-infused complete with 80's guitar riff solo. Manson warns us that he may not be the best boyfriend/mate material.
5. Just A Car Crash Away - Fantastic song, very somber and cynical, this song is very sad and Marilyn pours his heart out here, confessing to the world he could see his marriage ending. It's hard not to look pouty while listening to this.
6. Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand) - One of the more "up-beat" songs on the album. Very sexual and enticing, this is where Manson gets inspired by 'Lolita' and writes about and practices a relationship with a much younger girl.
7. Evidence - Highly eroticized tempo and lyric-wise. Guitar in this song resembles the build-up to an orgasm, very dirty feeling.
8. Are You the Rabbit? - How can you not love a song that starts off with snapping? This is what beatniks would sound like if they were on PCP and cocaine. References to 'Alice in Wonderland' and has a very sexy beat. Makes me want to do a strip-tease or a cabaret number.
9. Mutilation is the Most Sincere Form of Flattery - This is reminiscent of old school Manson, very ballsy in a step-right-up-motherfucker-and-get-some way. In this song Manson challenges and quite frankly calls out all copycats and imitators of his style and ways.
10. You & Me & the Devil Makes 3 - Damn this song sounds like a gloomy Adam Ant and has a great sound to it. One of the more "upbeat" songs on the album and is damn catchy. You just want to clap along to it and dance. Also, you can't go wrong when Marilyn says, "If you get in bed someone will fall in love."
11. Eat Me, Drink Me - What more can you ask for in a song when Marilyn whispers so seductively, "Eat me, Drink me?" This is the album closer and makes a fine night-cap to a fabulous album. Has a very haunting melody that stays with you and clings onto you like a scared kitten.
I can't wait till the album comes out and I can actually have the official CD in my hand with photos and such. (yes I still plan on actually BUYING the album even though I already have it, I get all Manson CDs.) I also can not wait till Manson tours with this album!!!!!! So giddy and ready for a new tour and concerts!!!!!!