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Marilyn Manson - Lest We Forget


Review: Evelyn O’Connell

MARILYN Manson is among the most iconic rock acts that have enjoyed success over the past decade, with music appealing to several of the alternative genres.

Since the departure of bassist/co-writer, Twiggy Ramirez, Marilyn Manson has continued to enjoy success with no evident damage to the fanbase or his music capabilities.

He has proven that he is one of the world’s few true rock stars and possibly the greatest social commentator in rock.

It is perhaps inevitable, therefore, that Marilyn Manson is now choosing to unleash a compilation of the songs that have made him the most controversial rock star in the world today.

Lest We Forget is the Best Of collection that selects popular tracks taken from the band's previous six CDs; classic tracks include the energetic The Beautiful People, The Dope Show and the infectious mOBSCENE.

Love or loathe him, you will probably find that you recognise the handful of cover versions included on the album, like Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), by the Eurythmics, which broke Marilyn Manson into the UK marketplace, an excellent Industrial/Goth cover of Soft Cell’s Tainted Love and the recent release, Personal Jesus.

I have to say that I was slightly unimpressed by this Depeche Mode cover. Knowing what Marilyn Manson can do with a track, such as Tainted Love, which was made so lively that you enjoy the energy and have to turn up the volume, I felt that this slightly decadent goth update is a little lacklustre and was covered much better by Gravity Kills on their Superstarved album.

If you are a fan of Marilyn Manson then, no doubt, some tracks are fond to you, such as Tourniquet and The Reflecting God, which brought me back to a fantastic concert, admiring Manson’s commanding stage presence and ability to entertain.

Other highlights include the industrial dance floor anthem, Rock Is Dead (used in The Matrix soundtrack), The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell, used in Spawn, and the intelligent if somewhat controversial views in The Fight Song, Disposable Teens and Irresponsible Hate Anthem. But then if Marilyn Manson wasn’t controversial, it just wouldn’t be the same.

This Best Of CD has it all … or does it? I felt the cover of I Put A Spell On You and the remix of White Trash from Smells Like Children are missing, but nonetheless, the album is still as strong without them.

In between releasing six critically-acclaimed albums, Marilyn Manson has released a best-selling autobiography, The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell, collaborated with the likes of Eminem and appeared in the films Party Monster and Bowling For Columbine.

Lest We Forget is an excellent representation of Marilyn Manson's work over the past 10 years.

It's great for those die-hard must-have fans and anyone that has liked the occasional single, but who are just that little bit scared of throwing themselves into the dark underground of a Marilyn Manson album.

The Deluxe edition will include a bonus DVD with 21 music videos.

Track listing:
1. The Love Song
2. Personal Jesus
3. mOBSCENE
4. The Fight Song
5. Tainted Love
6. The Dope Show
7. This Is The New Shit
8. Disposable Teens
9. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
10. Lunchbox
11. Tourniquet
12. Rock Is Dead
13. Get Your Gunn
14. The Nobodies
15. Long Hard Road Out Of Hell
16. The Beautiful People
17. The Reflecting God
18. (s)AINT
19. Irresponsible Hate Anthem

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