Beyond Fright: Marilyn Manson’s “HEART SHAPED GLASSES” Video

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In the five albums prior to 2007’s Eat Me, Drink Me, shock rocker Marilyn Manson established himself as a force to be reckoned with, a musician guaranteed to offend and completely refusing to abide by any rules set forth by anyone else, and committing a full on assault on the religious right wing .

In each of the different eras prior to this one, Manson and Co. did a hell of a job reinventing themselves, from the Satanic rock of 1994’s Portrait of An American Family, to a Messiah-like figure with 1996’s Antichrist Superstar and so on. After the glam rock feel of 1998’s Mechanical Animals, the angry as hell Holy Wood, and the industrial-tinged rock feel of 2003’s Golden Age of the Grotesque, a lot of people were curious which avenues were left to explore, and wondering if Manson had in time, lost his steam. He had gotten married, settled down (as much as he could possibly settle down), focused on painting and various other ventures. If all of that was keeping the shock rocker from creating something good, then the falling apart of some of those things would definitely serve as a catalyst for what is, in my opinion, his best album to date: 2007’s Eat Me, Drink Me.

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What Eat Me, Drink Me gave fans, was by far, at the time, the most personal album that Manson had recorded. Focusing on subjects and themes such as (in his words) “a cannibal, violent-sex romantic” feel, songs ranging from one’s regarding dead relationships “They Said That Hell’s Not Hot,” and one of the album’s standout tracks, “Heart Shaped Glasses” gave off a jaded but sexy LOLITA-like spin to it all. Fans expecting another Antichrist Superstar or Holy Wood, would be  surprised, as “Heart Shaped Glasses” and various other songs from the album, had more of a raw dirty guitar sound, also focusing on really singing this time around, as opposed to the vocal style Manson had on previous albums.

The music video for “Heart Shaped Glasses” is a seductive one, with Manson’s then-girlfriend, actress Evan Rachel Wood, playing the female desire of his. While “sexy” isn’t typically a word associated with much of what Manson had done prior to this one, it’s definitely a prevalent part of “Heart Shaped Glasses” and its video, with a look that brings you in as a viewer, and puts you right in the middle of the action between the violent love angle of the music video. It’s a cross between what feels like a budding romance, mixed with love becoming one’s own destruction (as the end of the video shows), feeling sexy and fatal at the same time.

While Manson’s next album, 2009‘s The High End of Low, would bring forth the return of Manson’s long time (and absent from the previous two albums) collaborator/bandmate Twiggy Ramirez, I think Eat Me, Drink Me hit a level that Manson hadn’t hit, prior or since. I’m sure I’m in the minority of thinking that, but hell, I wrote this, you didn’t. 🙂

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