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Portrait of an American Family
Marilyn Manson
Portrait of an American Family
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
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Every parent's nightmare and every teenager's dream band, Marilyn Manson take no prisoners on their blistering and brutal Trent Reznor-produced debut. Aiming to shock and rock simultaneously, Portrait scores high marks in...  more »


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All Artists: Marilyn Manson
Title: Portrait of an American Family
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Nothing
Original Release Date: 7/19/1994
Release Date: 7/19/1994
Album Type: Explicit Lyrics
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
Styles: Goth & Industrial, Alternative Metal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 606949234423, 0606949234423, 0643346012117, 643346012117, 765449234422

Every parent's nightmare and every teenager's dream band, Marilyn Manson take no prisoners on their blistering and brutal Trent Reznor-produced debut. Aiming to shock and rock simultaneously, Portrait scores high marks in both arenas. Manson and his grand grimoire take Alice Cooper's tongue-in-cheek mix of glam and death rock to the nth degree with their vision of youth gone wild, personified on cuts like "Cake and Sodomy" and "Lunchbox," a schoolyard revenge fantasy gone horribly awry. One of the most original, hardest rocking albums recorded in the '90s, Portrait of an American Family is a hallmark of the industrial/metal genre, but not for those who are easily offended. --Gail Worley

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John E. (jenglis3) from COVENTRY, RI
Reviewed on 5/17/2010...
by far his worse album.he relied way to heavily on samples and things of that nature that had a tendency to kind of bog down what would have otherwise been a very impressive debut. while it worked on lunchbox and get your gunn (the latter being the best song on the album) it killed songs like Dope hat and the ridiculously titled cake and sodomy. This album really isn't neccesary unless you're a manson completist. If you're a casual fan just stick to the tracks that appear on his greatest hits album as far as this album goes, and pick up a copy of antichrist and mechanical animals for prime manson.
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Manson's brilliant major label debut
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 09/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Before "Antichrist Superstar" made Marilyn Manson a household name, this 1994 major label debut album was the beginning of he and his band invading mainstream America. After shortening the name of the band from Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids to just Marilyn Manson, they signed with Interscope Records and Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor produced this brilliant album; which showcases the social and moral decay of average Amercian family life. Song like "Organ Grinder", "Cake & Sodomy", "Dogma", "Get Your Gunn", "Sweet Tooth", "My Monkey", "Misery Machine", and the chilling "Lunchbox" are all thought provoking songs that really do make the listener think. Forget "Antichrist Superstar", "Mechanical Animals", and "Holy Wood", if there is one Marilyn Manson album to get, make it "Portrait of An American Family", and you will hear that the reason he is the man so many die hard Christian fanatics love to hate, is because he could be right about what he is saying."
Marilyn Monroe + Charles Manson = Brian Warner
S. Kurosu | Nowhere | 11/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Mariyln Manson is NOT for children under 13. But frankly who gives a good Goddamn!!! Manson is probably the World's best "Shock Rocker"! Here's how the Songs arePrelude (The Family Trip) - Decent Instermental 2.5/5Cake And Sodomy - Probably Manson's most explicit song, but Fu*king Awsome!!! 6/5Lunchbox - A power anthem for kids being picked on at school, I like the saying "Next Motherfu*ker Gonna' Get My Metal!" 5/5Organ Grinder - Funny/Sick lyrics, and very good Keyboard/synthysizer/Organ. Good job M.W. Gacy! 4.75/5Cyclops - Just another ol' track, but catchy. Nice Guitar, Daisy Berkowitz's highlight! 4.5/5Dope Hat - The most addictive on the album! If you see the video, you can see how it is a sick parody of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. M.W. Gacy pulls through again! 6/5Get Your Gunn - My 4th Favorite! Twiggy Ramirez's bass is impeccable! 5/5Wrapped In Plastic - Not very catchy, but good lyrics 4.75/5Dogma - Creepy, but Impossible not to sing along! 5/5Sweet Tooth - Nice Saxaphone And Lyrics, this has more of a "Sadistic" aproach. 4.75/5Snake Eyes And Sissies - KABOOM!!! Another Hit!!! Manson & Pals really can harmonize in a sick way. 5/5My Monkey - Funny, but Mediocre Lyrics. I think this was origanally based on a Charles Manson song, give or take a few lyrics. 3/5Misery Machine - Good way to end the album, for some reason theres a 6-7 minute silence period at the end making this song only about 5 minutes compared to 13 mins. 4/5Overall this album Kicks...!!YOU SPOONFED US SATURDAY MORNING MOUTHFULS OF MAGGOTS AND LIES DISGUISED IN YOUR SUGARY BREAKFAST CEREALS. THE PLATES YOU MADE US CLEAN WERE FILLED WITH YOUR FEARS. THESE THINGS HAVE HARDENED IN OUR SOFT PINK BELLIES. WE ARE WHAT YOU HAVE MADE US. WE HAVE GROWN UP WATCHING YOUR TELEVISION. WE ARE A SYMPTOM OF YOUR CHRISTIAN AMERICA, THE BIGGEST SATAN OF ALL. THIS IS YOUR WORLD WHICH WE GROW. AND WE WILL GROW TO HATE YOU.
~Marilyn Manson~"