Nine Inch Nails
Holy Wood is the true follow-up album to Antichrist
Superstar. Even though Mechanical Animals was an
excellent album, ladden with 70s/80s retro-pop, it just didn't
seem to fit as a piece of a puzzle right next to Superstar.
Holy Wood does, though.
In reading the prior statement, don't think that this album
is just a carbon copy. Holy Wood shows great development
musically. While maintaining the dark feel of Superstar,
Holy Wood doesn't seem to have the dirty oppressiveness.
Guitars are crisp, yet distorted, and large hints of the techno
pop from Mechanic Animals crop up in almost every track.
The music itself is intelligently written and well produced.
Coming in at 19 tracks, this album has a grand variety and
music fans can find any number of tracks that they'll like.
Ranging from the catchy, Beautiful-Peoplesque Disposable
Teens to less mainstream tracks, like Target
Audience, Valentine's Day and Cruci-fiction
in Space. Boldy disturbing tracks like Count
to Six and Die and GodeatGod bookend
this finely tuned collection of work.
Fans of music should not let Manson's almost traditionally
controversial lyrics dissuade them from getting this album.
If you've become innured to his attention-getting comments,
you can truly enjoy this album. The music is some of the best
Manson and his genre has managed to develop yet.