Mechanical Animals [Clean]
3. Last Day on Earth, The
Performer: Marilyn Manson
Artist: Billy Corgan; The Dust Brothers; Danny Saber; Dave Navarro
Engineer: Barry Goldberg; Sean Beavan...
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Notes: Marilyn Manson: Marilyn Manson (vocals, vocoder, guitar, ARP synthesizer); Twiggy Ramirez (guitar, bass, synthesizer); John5 (guitar); M.W. Gacy (piano, Mellotron, keyboards, synthesizer); Ginger Fish (drums). Additional personnel: Zim Zum (guitar, beinhorn, synthesizer); Dave Navarro (guitar); Danny Saber (strings, Clavinet, programming); DJ Neil Strauss (scratches); Kobi Tai, Dyanna Lauren, John West, Lyn Davis, Nikki Harris, Alexandra Brown (background vocals). Producers: Michael Beinhorn, Marilyn Manson, Sean Beavan. "The Dope Show" was nominated for the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. Personnel: Marilyn Manson (vocals, piano, synthesizer, ARP synthesizer, vocoder, background vocals); Twiggy Ramirez (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric bass); Madonna Wayne Gacy (piano, Mellotron, keyboards, synthesizer, drums, shaker, sampler); Danny Saber (keyboards); Ginger Fish (drums); Sean Beavan (programming); Alexandra Brown, Nikki Harris, John West, Lynn Davis (background vocals). Audio Mixer: Tom Lord-Alge. All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology. Editor: Sean Beavan. Photographers: Joseph Cultice; Marilyn Manson. Antichrist Superstar performed its intended purpose -- it made Marilyn Manson internationally famous, a living realization of his fictional "antichrist superstar." He had gained the attention of not only rock fans, but the public at large; however, many critics bestowed their praise not on the former Brian Warner, but on Trent Reznor, Manson's mentor and producer. Surely angered by the attention being focused elsewhere, he decided to break from Reznor and industrial metal with his third album, Mechanical Animals. Taking his image and musical cues from Bowie, Warner reworked Marilyn Manson into a sleek, androgynous space alien named Omega, � la Ziggy Stardust, and constructed a glammy variation of his trademark goth metal. With pal Billy Corgan as an unofficial consultant and Soundgarden producer Michael Beinhorn manning the boards, Manson turns Mechanical Animals into a big, clean rock record -- the kind that stands in direct opposition to the dark, twisted industrial nightmares he painted with his first two albums. It can make for a welcome change of pace, since his glammed-up goth is more tuneful than his clattering industrial cacophony, but it lacks the cartoonish menace that distinguished his prior music. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rolling Stone (10/1/98, pp.65-66) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...Its ultimate sources are the goths: Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, and early Cure...[it] gets its cavelike spaciousness from these influences and tweaks them with an industrial crunch, an arena-rock guitar solo or a soulful backing vocal..." Spin (1/99, p.91) - Ranked #7 on Spin's list of "Top 20 Albums of '98." Entertainment Weekly (9/18/98, pp.84-85) - "...there is something deeply outrageous about MECHANICAL ALBUMS: It's a Manson album that delivers on music as much as on image....Looking back in mascara'd anger, Manson and Beinhorn have fashioned music steeped in glam rock and concept-album bombast but updated with a crunching intensity..." - Rating: A- Entertainment Weekly (9/18/98, pp.84-85) - "...there is something deeply outrageous about MECHANICAL ALBUMS: It's a Manson album that delivers on music as much as on image.... Looking back in mascara'd anger, Manson and Beinhorn have fashioned music steeped in glam rock and concept-album bombast but updated with a crunching intensity..." - Rating: A- CMJ (1/11/99, p.3) - "...The epic glam rock of MECHANICAL ANIMALS is drenched in evil overtones and possesses a power and complexity that drowns out the roar of knee-jerk press hype..."
Initially mentored by Nine Inch Nails mainman Trent Reznor, Marilyn Manson created an accessible, highly successful variant on the former's electronic-tinged industrial rock. Manson took shock-rock to a whole new plateau in the late-1990s, influenced by past theatrical rockers like Kiss, Alice Cooper, and Motley Crue--and not since the days of those bands had religious and parental groups despised a rock group so much. Of course, the resulting controversy endowed Marilyn Manson with publicity and album sales in equally vast amounts. Although Manson talked about retiring from the music biz after the release of his 2004 album, he came back refreshed in 2007 with EAT ME DRINK ME, inspired by his crumbling marriage to Dita Von Teese.
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