By Bailey Barnson
Heaven Upside Down
Loma Vista Recordings
Heaven Upside Down is shock rock industrialist Marilyn Manson’s tenth studio album. Manson certainly lives up to the shock aspect of his performance with this album. They’ve added some terrible hip-hop beats to “SAY10” and “Blood Honey;” eventually it dissipates into his old school industrial, almost grunge-y style, but they shouldn’t be there anyway.
It’s not just the beats that come off awkwardly here either. Manson is known for being a smart lyricist renowned for being clever and repetitive, but his lyrics are often more laughable on this album. With his continuous counting from one to ten in “Revelation #12,” you’ll never forget that Manson knows how to count to ten; or the entirety that is “JE$U$ CRI$I$,” all of the lyrics are terrible. Once you get past the horrendous beats and hilarious lyrics, the album has some solid points to it.
Manson’s second single, “KILL4ME” is easily the best song on the album, it’s incredibly catchy which is about half of what Manson is known for. The title track is musically lacking: the beat is catchy, but otherwise, it’s nothing to brag about and certainly not good enough to name an album after. If you’re looking for Manson’s old, killer song-style, you’ve come to the wrong album.Heaven Upside Down, Loma Vista, Marilyn Manson, Record Review