The High End of Low (2009) Manson's tranny-android-from-Pluto routine already felt corny when he dropped his first album in 1994, but that hasn't stopped him from selling boatloads of CDs since… 2009-05-26 Marilyn Manson Rock
Music Review

The High End of Low (2009)

SCARRING AND SCARY: Marilyn Manson
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SCARRING AND SCARY: Marilyn Manson
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: May 26, 2009; Lead Performance: Marilyn Manson; Genre: Rock

Manson's tranny-android-from-Pluto routine already felt corny when he dropped his first album in 1994, but that hasn't stopped him from selling boatloads of CDs since then. Not surprisingly, High End finds him still prattling on about swastikas, hell, and Armageddon, oblivious to how silly it all sounds. Musically, the new tunes mostly evoke warmed-over Nine Inch Nails crossed with mediocre '70s metal, and occasionally, the results can be fairly satisfying. But unless you're a very impressionable 15-year-old, Manson's safe as milk doom metal is unlikely to leave even a superficial cut. C+

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Originally posted May 18, 2009 Published in issue #1049 May 29, 2009 Order article reprints