Like all horror movie villains, in hindsight Marilyn Manson seems more cartoonish than frightening. But at least the guy has the decency and dedication to not show up in public wearing golf apparel like Alice Cooper. In maturity, his vibe has grown more Gothic Old Hollywood than Satanic Metal, but his point may be that there's never been much difference. His new record, The Pale Emperor, sounds like a Bowie persona turned Tim Burton, and that's hope. He peaks at his glammiest.
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