Born Villain is the much talked about new album by Marilyn Manson. It was preceded by first single No Reflection which was a decent track and if you like that song you will find more to like on this album. By rumor, this was supposed to be Manson’s heaviest album to date but from what I can tell, it is not. I get an almost Rammstein-light feeling when listening to the album.
There are some goods songs on here, but sadly they are few and far between. I like the pumping bass line in The Gardner and Slo-mo-tion is a decent song as well. But the tempo is far too low for my liking and that is a general problem on this album. Lay Down Your Goddamn Arms is another song I kind of like, it is a bit heavier than the rest of the songs on the album. One cool detail is that Johnny Depp makes a guest appearance as a guitarist on bonus cover song You’re So Vain
It never gets dangerous and it never gets shocking, especially not like the old Manson. If nothing I get almost bored after some songs that sound very similar to each other. Nah, this is neither very controversial nor exciting. Second to last song, Breaking the Same Old Ground, actually sums up the album quite nicely. But hey, if you’re a fan you might want to investigate. Better luck next time Mr. Manson.