(Marilyn Manson – Kill 4 Me ft. Johnny Depp)
I don’t think it’s debatable at this point: to follow up The Pale Emperor with this album shows he’s getting a handle on his fire again. Not sure if he’ll ever reach or surpass the kind of appeal he had in the 90’s (the religious right is and remains defeated, surviving only as a large chunk of today’s new right, a coalition that developed under Donald Trump and that contains people like me, people these good Christians have to be willing to coexist with, work with, if they want any say and if they want to keep themselves safe from the anti-Christian fascist elements on the left. Elements (e.g. Antifa, SJW’s) that regularly do to Christians what they (usually falsely) accuse the religious right (which is made up of mostly one form of Christianity or another) of doing to adherents of Islam), but his art, interviews, etc. are becoming increasingly coherent and more focused. His heart’s in it in a way it hasn’t been for a while imo, and even though I love what he produced when his commercial success was slipping, enthusiasm makes a difference.