As Rock Daily reported last week, Marilyn Manson’s new track “We’re From America,” from the upcoming The High End of Low, was posted as a free download on the shock rocker’s official Website. If the song is any indication of what we might expect from Manson’s new LP, it seems like the Anti-Christ Superstar may be heading in a dance-punk direction a step away from the industrial metal and goth pop of previous albums like 2007’s Eat Me Drink Me. Perhaps it’s because Manson is happy to have Twiggy Ramirez back in the fold, but the music ranks among the most upbeat of the singer’s career, even if the lyrics are ultra-critical view of the U.S.A. So, how are the fans feeling about Manson’s new sound?
First, to our ears, “We’re From America” sounds like a Mansonized version of LCD Soundsystem’s “North American Scum,” from its lyrics mocking America down to its vocal cadence and thrash breakdown on the choruses.
Over at the Manson message board the Heirophant Council, the general consensus seems to be pretty positive, with fans celebrating the track’s propulsive riff and beat. To quote one message boarder, “It’s a really catchy and ‘ballsy’ song, fuck yeah!” If the fans have any complaints, it’s the repetitiveness and somewhat clichéd lyrics. “The word America becomes a symbol in this song, and it’s nowhere nearly as provocative as it tries to be,” writes one poster. “It’s been done a countless number of times in recent years, and done better — even by Manson himself. It seems like a fill-in-the-blank Manson parody by MAD TV.”
The High End of Low is due out May 26th, and will be preceded by first single “Arma geddon.” So what’s your take on Manson’s latest opus? We’re accepting your reviews in the comments.