Written By Braddon S. Williams
Marilyn Manson: Mechanical Animals
I was on the fence about including another Marilyn Manson album, but then I started thinking about Mechanical Animals (1998), and realized what a bold, creative, and personal piece of work it was for the man and the band that share the same name. Manson did a big 180 degree change in musical style, appearance, and lyrical approach on Mechanical Animals at a time when he could quite easily have stuck with the format he established his stardom with on the Antichrist Superstar album, and that is commendable enough for an artist, but he went even further by writing a bunch of great songs in a glam rock style when that was a truly risky move.
The gamble paid off in a big way, as the album went platinum, spawning classic Manson songs like The Dope Show, Rock Is Dead, I Don’t Like The Drugs (But The Drugs Like Me, Coma White, The Last Day On Earth, The Speed Of Pain, and Great Big White World.
The album cover became a big conversation piece and added to Manson’s notoriety, and remains a compelling and striking image.