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The Pale Emperor

Marilyn Manson

The Pale Emperor

Ninth LP from the industrial metal artist, with music by film and TV composer Tyler Bates

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  1. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Despite the zeal for playing boogeyman to the gallery, Marilyn Manson has always possessed the ability to write and produce music that can speak at its own compelling length and pitch
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  2. 8.0 |   The Music

    Impossibly dark, bitter and soulful from start to finish, Manson is once again set to inspire the armies of pissed-off teenagers, retired metal-heads and not-quite goths everywhere. The king has returned
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  3. 8.0 |   All Music

    Taking their sound in a new, unforeseen bluesy direction accomplishes the near impossible by making Marilyn Manson sound even more sinister than before
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  4. 8.0 |   Q

    Shock-rocker delivers biggest shock yet: a return to form. Print edition only

  5. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    On The Pale Emperor, he sounds both inspired and rejuvenated; for the first time in a while, the most interesting thing about Manson is his music
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  6. 7.5 |   The Quietus

    When it comes to writing memorable, mature songs full of devilishly addictive hooks without trying to relive the past, The Pale Emperor breathes new life into Marilyn Manson's previously ailing music career
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  7. 7.0 |   Uncut

    No one else does wasted decadence with such persuasive panache. Print edition only

  8. 7.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Marilyn Manson's most enjoyable offering in a decade. Definitely a leap into the right direction, the album is the product of a clear mindset and less ego tripping
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  9. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    A classier record than you might expect from Manson – and one that still manages to be the kind of old-fashioned alt-rock tantrum no one bothers throwing these days
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  10. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Manson is all about needling at American prurience, at which he excels with grandstanding lyrical gross-outs. Print edition only

  11. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Like Alice Cooper, his spiritual forebear in gender-bending shock rock, he hawks cheeky, grandiose blasphemy in the form of riff-laden anthems, and on those terms, this trim, turbocharged album delivers
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  12. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    Downright ambitious when it wants to be and lazy when it can get away with it
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  13. 6.0 |   NME

    At its worst, ‘The Pale Emperor’ feels grey and humourless
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  14. 5.5 |   Beardfood

    Manson's continuation of his musical career comes with a good idea executed mostly poorly
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  15. 5.0 |   Spin

    Plods inoffensively from start to finish with moderate gloom and a similar level of hooks
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  16. 5.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A lack of “oomph” prevents the album from landing a gut punch that would cover all of its flaws
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  17. 4.0 |   PopMatters

    “Safe” may not be a word often used with the music of Marilyn Manson, but it certainly applies here
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