If you had Marilyn Manson and Shooter Jennings collaborating on an album on your 2020 Bingo card, congrats. You are the big, big winner.
I can’t say that I’m a huge Manson fan, but I’ll admit that I always find myself curious about what direction he’s going in whenever he puts out something new. I was really curious about this new album with the inclusion of Jennings on the writing and production side of things. Was this going to be Manson with a southern rock/country twang? Because that could get interesting.
Sadly, there’s no such mash-up on this thing. This is kind of a straight-ahead Manson album and it kind of reinforces my thought that the dude really just wants to be David Bowie when he grows up. The main thing on here is that it’s a very piano/keyboard driven album and that there is a surprisingly lack of abrasion. It’s got a pretty mellow gothic feel going on throughout. Which is surprising after you get hit with the album opener, Red Black and Blue, which is very heavy and one of Manson’s better songs in some time, in my opinion. Overall, I think this is an album Manson diehards are probably going to enjoy. It’s fine for what it is, but I really wished there would have been a bit more experimentation and boundary pushing. All in all, I’m not sure this is an album that will be remembered as one of his better efforts.
3 flip flops out of 5