Label: Nothing Records - IND 90273 • Format: CD Album, Reissue Repress, Enhanced, Blue Jewel Case, Slipcase • Country: UK • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: Alternative Rock, Industrial, Glam
Mechanical Animals is the third studio album by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released on September 15,by Nothing and Interscope Records. The album marked a major shift from the industrial metal and alternative metal styles of the band's earlier efforts, into an experimentation with s glam rock    with industrial rock  and electronic rock  styles.
As their first release following the success of their breakthrough album, 's Antichrist SuperstarMechanical Animals ' themes primarily deals with the trappings of fame and drug abuse. A rock opera and concept albumMechanical Animals is the second installment in a trilogy which included Antichrist Superstar and 's Holy Wood In the Shadow of the Valley of Death. After the release of Holy WoodManson said that the overarching story within the trilogy is presented in reverse chronological order; Mechanical Animalstherefore, acts as the bridge connecting the two narratives and remains constant whether the trilogy is viewed in reverse or not.
The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Mar1lyn Man5on* - Mechanical Animals , making it the first Marilyn Manson album to do so. By early December of that year, the singer began opening up on the then Good Thing - The Bellrays - Good Thing / Half A Mind and unnamed record's development, sitting down with MTV 's "Year in Rock" special on December During this early development stage, the band recorded in Manson's home recording studio in the Hollywood Hills which the group had taken to calling "The White Room" after Manson painted it all-white.
Mar1lyn Man5on* - Mechanical Animals explained that the studio "looked out Feat. Sway Mix 4 - Sway - This Is My Promo (Volume 1 & 2) Hollywoodwhich kind of represented space to us.
We were trying to fill that void with the songs. Manson's friend, The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corganserved as an unofficial music consultant for the band. Don't hint at it. The band subsequently employed Michael Beinhorn as principal producer, co-producing the record with Marilyn Manson. Sean Beavan was also brought Mar1lyn Man5on* - Mechanical Animals to supply additional production work.
By May of that year, having completed Living Hell - LAKES - People Protect What They Love obligations for Hole 's then-new album, Celebrity SkinBeinhorn confirmed that the nascent Manson project was halfway complete and on course for a late summer or early fall Mar1lyn Man5on* - Mechanical Animals.
During his February 24,interview on National Public Radio 's Fresh Air radio talk show to promote the book, he divulged that having exhausted the topic of organized religion in the previous record, Mechanical Animals would see a major shift in focus: "Both sonically and Mar1lyn Man5on* - Mechanical Animals it's about the depression of alienation, rather than the aggressiveness of it.
It's about the emptiness. Final mixing and post-production took place in a studio in Burbank, California. He has become numb to the world, either lost or high in outer space or the Hollywood Hillsthrough excessive drug use as a coping mechanism with his life as a product of his corporate masters. Vulnerable and trying to relearn how to use them properly, he despairs about how little emotion other people feel, observing them to be "mechanical animals".
It starts as the name of a girl I'm in love with, then ends up to really be a drug I've been taking. So I'm not really sure what I'm in love with. Marilyn Manson later noted in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine that " Mechanical Animals was to represent the point where the revolution got sold out, a hollow shell of what the essence of Marilyn Manson was. It was a satire, and a lot of people interpreted it as 'This is what he really is. After the release of Holy Wood In the Shadow of the Valley of DeathMarilyn Manson revealed that his concept album trilogy is an autobiographical story told in a reverse timeline chronologically reverse from their actual release dates.
Mechanical Animals marked a major shift away from the abrasive and aggressive industrial and alternative metal styles of the band's previous work.
Manson explained that III - Nicht schnell - Leonard Bernstein, The New York Philharmonic Orchestra - Robert Schumann The F had grown "bored" with that musical aesthetic adding that, "Everything you hear nowadays is an offshoot of NINMarilyn Manson, Ministry.
There's just no great rock albums anymore. There's a lot Mar1lyn Man5on* - Mechanical Animals rock music out there, but it's very bland and disposable. A lot of people may say this record is over the top, pretentious and theatrical, but that's what rock music is supposed to be about. Rolling Stone described Manson's crooning as evocative of "the sultry vibe of T. Rex 's Marc Bolan ". Rather, it was "glum and pessimistic" and more preoccupied with the themes of alienation, insincerity and longing through sci-fi allusions only hinted at The Gift Of An Unexpected Departure - IFCO* - Live the genre.
I'd assumed the role of destroyer on the last record. This role is more a savior. I wanted to write songs that were more personal and dealt with specific emotions. The music had to really compliment that, but there wasn't a conscious effort to make more accessible songs. There was simply an effort to write songs that would make people feel differently to the songs on the last album.
In a sense that makes it more accessible, but it's not just for the sake of pop. Even if it was, that's okay too. Its ultimate sources are the goths: BauhausLove and Rocketsand early Cure. The song "Great Mar1lyn Man5on* - Mechanical Animals White World" raised concerns, among some groups, of possibly being a racially motivated reference until Manson himself cleared Girl U Want (Black Light Odyssey Mix) - Various - Future Retro the rumors by stating that it was about cocaine.
At a time before the ubiquity of peer-to-peer file sharingthe first singles from both Beinhorn-produced albums were leaked three weeks before their intended release dates and played "nearly a Mar1lyn Man5on* - Mechanical Animals times" on New York radio station WXRK In spite of this the Manson single, "The Dope Show", was subsequently recorded and converted by a fan into an MP3 and made available on an unofficial fan site for download soon after.
The controversial cover art has won critical acclaim and numerous awards. Designer Paul Brown has said of the cover, "I'm extremely proud of it. I said more in one of his covers than any novel could. It made people think and cringe. Happy Birthday To You, Our Lord - New Swing Quartet, Simfonični Orkester RTV Slovenija, Pinocchio - to popular internet rumors, the band leader, Manson, did not undergo any plastic surgery for this androgynous, alien look.
Manson has stated in interviews that his friend, actor Johnny Deppis the Mar1lyn Man5on* - Mechanical Animals owner of these prosthetic breasts, which Manson traded for Depp's strawberry-blonde wig worn in the film Blow. The photo featured on this alternative cover art includes more of the symbolism surrounding the numeral The liner notes also contain hidden messages in yellow text, which become viewable when seen through the blue CD packaging or the transparent blue LP.
A limited tour edition of Mechanical Animals was released in the UK including other locations like Australia and Mexicowhere only copies of this edition arrived with an illustrated hardcover sleeve by Marcus Wild. Though limited edition, the album is easily attainable in certain regions. The packaging is identical to the original version except for the bonus eight-page comic book by Wild, illustrating scenes from the " I Don't Like the Drugs But the Drugs Like Me Mar1lyn Man5on* - Mechanical Animals music video.
As early as August 14,a month before the release, the three largest retailers in the United States— K-MartWal-Mart and Target —refused to stock the album citing the offensive cover and the expectation that it will carry a Parental Advisory sticker for violating their policy of not selling material with explicit lyrics or content.
In the intervening two decades since the release of this album, all three retailers have had a change of heart: saw the mass sale of Manson's fifth LP, The Golden Age of Grotesque in nearly all Wal-Marts; representatives claimed they chose to sell the album because it was "commercially viable" and was "on the Top Ten charts.
The album's most successful song is " The Dope Show ", which fared well on both video and single charts in the United States and abroad. It continues to reign as the band's most commercially successful song. The music Mar1lyn Man5on* - Mechanical Animals debuted the band's controversial new, androgynous glam rock sound and image to the world.
Again, Bowie's influence has been enormous on this album, with both influences noted publicly by Manson himself. Mar1lyn Man5on* - Mechanical Animals third single, " Rock Is Dead ", was featured in the accompanying soundtrack of the film The Matrix —the song is played during the end credits. A concert film was recorded depicting both tours, titled God Is in the TV. After declining a headlining slot at the Mar1lyn Man5on* - Mechanical Animals summer music festival along with numerous other bands in early due to delays in Mechanical Animals ' release, the band launched the first of their own headlining tours in support of the album.
Beginning on February 28,and lasting until August 8,the tour included three legs spanning Europe, Japan and North America with a total of 9 completed shows for the Beautiful Monsters Tour and 43 completed shows out of 46 planned for the Rock Is Dead Tour.
The tour is particularly notable for a number of incidents that plagued its progress. Following the conclusion of the Mechanical Animals Tour in Januarythe band was once again offered a headlining slot by the organizers of the Lollapalooza festival for the summer season this time as part of an attempt to resurrect the by-then-defunct festival which they declined.
The first two performances of the Rock Is Dead Tour were canceled after Manson suffered a She Likes Pubs - Pissinboy - Emily fracture on one of his ankles during the final show with Hole at The Forum in Los Angeles.
The tour was resumed on March 17, In the ensuing aftermath, the band was accused of being a cause of the tragedy in Littleton,   prompting the group to cancel their remaining North American engagements out of respect for the victims, explaining, "It's not a great atmosphere to be out playing rock 'n' roll shows, for us or the fans. The album received acclaim from most music critics. Analyzing the album's intentions, Barry Walters of The Village Voice noted, " Mechanical Animals celebrates sexy celebrity in a typically Mansonian bacchanalia of contradictions.
He's said all along that dirty media dominance is the cleanest and closest thing to divinity in a world that crucified the god in itself and replaced it with blind faith. Now he understands first-hand that stardom sucks, yet while he lifts a platform boot against its phony fat ass he still can't help reveling in the excess. Antichrist Superstar critiqued fame in order to make him famous. Rex at their most boisterous crossed with the more modern sounds of today's industrial nation. The creamy synth sound and drugged-out lyrics that dominate Manson's latest CD prove that two antithetical '80s musical genres—heavy metal and new wave—can indeed be fruitfully combined.
David Browne of Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Looking back in mascara'd anger, Manson and [producer Michael] Beinhorn have fashioned music steeped in glam rock and Psalm 119, Verses 129 To 144 - Choir Of Wells Cathedral* Conducted By Denys Pouncey - Music for Matt bombast but updated with a crunching intensity [ The effect is often spectacular.
An album that's powerful from start to finish is far more surprising than any controversial Manson high jinks [ Where the Antichrist Superstar game plan was about gaining notoriety through outrage, rather than winning souls over on musical grounds, Mechanical Animals aims straight for the singalong heart of stadium-land.
And rips it out, and holds it aloft in triumph [ On this evidence alone, 'Mechanical Animals' is an unashamedly crass bid for total world domination [ Now, their sights have turned on everyone else. However, not everyone gave the album a positive review. Music critic Robert Christgau criticized "the feebleness of With These Hands - Tom Jones - Gold Manson's vocal affect" and dismissed the album as a whole as "one more depersonalizing production device with which to flatten willing cerebella [sic] whilst confronting humankind's alienation, amorality, and failure to have a good time on Saturday night.
Manson shares with Empire a preference for destroying the master's house with the master's tools. Like Tricky, Manson uses gender confusion as a coping mechanismless identity politics than identity evasion. Joshua Klein of The A. Club was unconvinced with the sudden musical shift by the band and pointed out that neither will longtime fans. However, he conceded that the album is "more musical than anything Manson has done [ And drugs. According to Acclaimedmusic.
In the November issue of Blender magazine, author Chuck Palahniuk included the album in a list of his favourites, and said: "I met Marilyn Manson on a magazine assignment, and he wanted my advice on a novel he's writing. We drank absinthe once. I'll probably go to his show when he's in town next week.
It's so fascinating to see somebody exorcise Mar1lyn Man5on* - Mechanical Animals demons in such a public way. In the United States, Mechanical Animals debuted at number one on the Billboard with first-week sales ofunits,  becoming the band's first number-one album on the chart.
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