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MARILYN MANSON Cry Little Sister gets 7.5/10


Marilyn Manson
Cry Little Sister
Loma Vista Recordings/Concord Music Group

7.5/10

Global antihero Marilyn Manson is no stranger to adding his unique signature twist to the occasional cover. His eclectic menagerie includes the popular Eurythmics’ tune Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Soft Cell’s Tainted Love, Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus and many lesser known versions like David Bowie’s Golden Years, Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain and even our own AC/DC’s Highway to Hell to name a few.

Most recently, Manson has reworked Gerard McMahon’s Cry Little Sister from 1987’s The Lost Boys soundtrack. Reportedly recorded for the upcoming X-Men spinoff The New Mutants due for release in August 2019, the cover sees Manson’s twisted sound embedded deeply in the song.

McMahon’s original was eerie to begin with, but Manson adds a whole new level to it. His echoing raspy vocals and the ominous child-like backing vocals over the hypnotic beat are something straight out of a horror movie. It’s not typical in-your-face Manson, but it still has that obscure, dark crunch we’ve come to expect.

Equally impressive to his songs are the eccentric music videos that complement them. There’s nothing yet for Cry Little Sister, but Manson teased a video with the song on Instagram back in May, referring to it as “a supernatural experience”.

While Manson’s shock rock style isn’t for everyone, like a large portion of recent releases, Cry Little Sister is a step back from his early heavier sound and will probably appeal to broader audiences. Although diehard fans don’t need to fret, it’s most certainly still Manson, just not as fierce or controversial as his early work.

RYAN ELLIS

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