Marilyn Manson, 'Eat Me, Drink Me' (Interscope)

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Eat Me, Drink Me
Critical Mass
Label: Interscope

by Andrew Beaujon

Hey, 38-year-old androgynous vampire extraterrestrials get their hearts broken, too! Marilyn Manson's sixth album scales back the Weimar guignol of 2003's The Golden Age of Grotesque in favor of classic industrial and glam -- martial drum machines, boogie bass, and guitar riffs you usually hear in movies set in the not-too-distant-future. More surprisingly, Eat Me displays the beating heart behind the stage blood with Dashboard Confessional -- style lyrics like "I kill myself in small amounts" and "Just another funeral and just another girl left in tears." Still, when he sings, "You and me and the devil makes three," it suggests why our man hasn't been lucky in love: Manson's embraced his persona for so long that he can't get his arms around anyone else.

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