Mostly a collection of remixed tracks from Portrait of an American Family and samples swiped from talk-radio dialogue, Smells Like Children is how Marilyn Manson passed the time prior to beginning work on Antichrist Superstar. Of note among the remixes is Tony Wiggins's acoustic country "White Trash" version of "Cake and Sodomy." This is really a keeper, though, for Manson's clever choice of covers, including an authentically creepy interpretation of Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" and the shot-in-the-arm he gives to Patti Smith's "outside of society" anthem, "Rock 'N' Roll Nigger." (Attention trivia buffs: Manson's unrestrained reworking of Howling Wolf's "I Put a Spell on You" was later included on the soundtrack to David Lynch's Lost Highway.) --Gail Worley
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(unholyblackdeath) from N RICHLND HLS, TX
Reviewed on 12/28/2007...
Classic Manson! The best song is "Diary of A Dope Fiend". This album was released before the peak of their careers but you can hear the potential that eventually led to their super stardom. I love the attitude of this album.
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A Manson fan but not a fan of this album.
P. Walczak | 06/18/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, so this EP (Hey, everyone! It's not a CD, it's an EP. Hence the big "[EP]" symbol located directly across from the title) is definitely not Manson's best. "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" is probably the only decent song on this EP, but like it was stated before, this EP was most likely only created to buy Manson some time between LP releases ("Portrait of an American Family" and "Antichrist Superstar"). So you have to give him some credit for trying to keep his name alive. I definitely wouldn't suggest this CD to those who are newer to Manson and are searching for a good album of his though.
And just one thing to those kids who are clogging up this board with their insignificant reviews and inability to execute any type of intelligible articulation: Just because someone listens to Marilyn Manson doesn't automatically mean that they are "goth" or a "poser". I have all of Manson's CD's and I do not associate myself with the "goth" crowd whatsoever. I do not shop at Hot Topic or any stores of sorts or anything along those lines. I like the music I like and that shouldn't immediately place me or anybody else under any sort of categorization. I also enjoy Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Immortal, Darkthrone, and Emperor- but I'm also a fan of Kelly Clarkson's new songs. Am I a "poser" for having an eclectic taste in music? Am I "poser" for enjoying Manson's music alone? Maybe in your mind...but then again, you seemingly have no idea what you're talking about anyway.