Okay, I like Marilyn Manson. At least his music. I don’t compare him to Alice Cooper because I don’t see Brian Warner out there swinging golf clubs on VH1’s Fairway to Heaven. It may be easy to dismiss Marilyn Manson as all shock and no value, but that wouldn’t be accurate. It is also easy to say that Brian Warner is Trent Reznor’s brainchild, but that isn’t entirely true either. What I do think, is of the three full length studio cds that Marilyn Manson has made, Antichrist Superstar is the best, most cohesive effort. It’s right on the mark for angry, grungy angst. I can’t think of another artist who does this kind of music so well. It’s not speed metal where all meaning is lost, it’s not hard rock which is more friendly and accessible. This album is dark and angry and it’s great for that reason. 1998’s Mechanical Animals shows Brian moving in a more Bowie-esque direction and while that’s interesting, Antichrist Superstar is more Brian’s pace. Although Trent Reznor produced, Brian still manages to keep the music and lyrics in his own arena. A must have for any rock collector.