After 2 shit albums back-to-back, shock-rocker Marilyn Manson finally returns to fine form with 2012's Born Villain. Instead of mucking through silly alcohol infused lyrics, Manson sounds refreshed and enthusiastic about his work once again. The music is industrial-lite, Gothic glam rock with a nasty bite that echoes the Holy Wood days. For the most part it's Manson on auto-pilot but still a welcome return to what once was. It's not as good as Antichrist Superstar or Mechanical Animals but it holds it's own and that could be a good thing if they keep heading back in this direction.
3½ Shia & Depps out of 5