Marilyn Manson has announced the release of his eleventh studio album We Are Chaos’ out September 11 via Loma Vista Recordings. Co-produced by Manson and GRAMMY® Award winner Shooter Jennings [Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker], the ten-track opus was written, recorded, and finished before a pandemic blanketed us all. Manson celebrates the record’s arrival by sharing the albums title track and lead single ‘We Are Chaos’.
Manson says of the album, “When I listen to We Are Chaos now, it seems like just yesterday or as if the world repeated itself, as it always does, making the title track and the stories seem as if we wrote them today. This was recorded to its completion without anyone hearing it until it was finished. There is most definitely a side A and side B in the traditional sense. But just like an LP, it is a flat circle and it’s up to the listener to put the last piece of the puzzle into the picture of songs.”
“This concept album is the mirror Shooter and I built for the listener – it’s the one we won’t stare into. There are so many rooms, closets, safes and drawers. But in the soul or your museum of memories, the worst are always the mirrors. Shards and slivers of ghosts haunted my hands when I wrote most of these lyrics.”
“Making this record, I had to think to myself: ‘Tame your crazy, stitch your suit. And try to pretend that you are not an animal’ but I knew that mankind is the worst of them all. Making mercy is like making murder. Tears are the human body’s largest export.”
The crazy may have been tamed but the Manson brilliance is still very much in presence, though maybe showing its age with a taste for reminiscing and a looking back. Sure the aggression and emotion can be felt but this time its backed with an acoustic guitar. Theres an arena filling sound here showing off what a great arranger he is and the production is still top notch with the drums sounding as if they were recorded in a hall they sound that huge. It’s the tracks like this you get to hear just how great a voice Manson has. A voice that doesn’t need the theatrics and dressing with the first verse works well with just an acoustic guitar.
Some artists who break the ten album barrier have somewhat lost their way or carry on producing the same album trying to capture the early glory days. Manson has isn’t one of those. He’s still very relevant and still producing superb music.
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WE ARE CHAOS – Tracklist:
1. RED BLACK AND BLUE
2. WE ARE CHAOS
3. DON’T CHASE THE DEAD
4. PAINT YOU WITH MY LOVE
5. HALF-WAY & ONE STEP FORWARD
6. INFINITE DARKNESS
8. KEEP MY HEAD TOGETHER
9. SOLVE COAGULA
10. BROKEN NEEDLE