The Golden Age of Grotesque The shock value of Marilyn Manson's deviant burlesque act has dimmed with overexposure, but The Golden Age of Grotesque draws inspiration from his recent, credibly… 2003-05-13 Marilyn Manson
Music Review

The Golden Age Of Grotesque (2003)

Marilyn Manson | MARILYN HAD A LITTLE LAMB Manson with a non-PETA-friendly neckware
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MARILYN HAD A LITTLE LAMB Manson with a non-PETA-friendly neckware

Details Release Date: May 13, 2003; Lead Performance: Marilyn Manson

The shock value of Marilyn Manson's deviant burlesque act has dimmed with overexposure, but The Golden Age of Grotesque draws inspiration from his recent, credibly acquitted forays into painting, which in turn drew from his idiosyncratic interpretations of vaudeville and Weimar-era decadence. The new album also finds a middle ground between the pseudo-glam glory of ''Mechanical Animals'' and the noisier backsliding of ''Holy Wood.'' Call it Black Mass-ive Attack -- inventive and powerful enough to merit intermittent attention, but ultimately crushed by the weight of its hoary pretensions.

Originally posted May 16, 2003 Published in issue #710 May 16, 2003 Order article reprints