AOTY 2017
Heaven Upside Down
Marilyn Manson - Heaven Upside Down
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2017 Ratings: #584 / 653
User Score
Based on 52 ratings
2017 Ratings: #389
October 6, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Loma Vista, Caroline International / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

Heaven Upside Down is Manson at his most human. If Pale Emperor was a welcome return to form that signaled a new day for the band, its successor is just as satisfying, if not better.

80
The Line of Best Fit
Modern Manson is certainly a very different prospect to the artist that once proclaimed himself the God of Fuck and bragged about grave-digging in New Orleans. Yet now aged almost 50, musically he seems to be entering a second golden era. Proof there’s life in the Goth Father yet.
80
Alternative Press
Where other bands of his generation are reducing their previous work into karaoke, Manson is keeping things exciting and crucial the only way rock’s long-running antihero can.
80
Clash
Manson doesn’t completely rest on his laurels here ... proving that while he’s aware of the importance of his discography, there’s more than enough life in his work to shock, provoke thought, and inspire for another two decades.
75
Consequence of Sound

This is a record that should please both the Hot Topic kiddie-creep contingent and Manson’s more seasoned and sophisticated fans sonically. Lyrically, it captures a lot of his oddball charm, too.

60
NME
For Manson fans this is familiar territory: the same mechanical riffs, same whisper/scream vocals heard on his regular stream of albums. Here, most songs are entertaining rather than groundbreaking.
60
Drowned in Sound

We’re unlikely to see the power or the passion of Manson’s classic run again - it’s very difficult to bottle lightning twice - and you shouldn’t come to Heaven Upside Down expecting anything as textured, interesting or frightening as those early releases. That said, the artist known to his mum as Brian Warner seems to have settled after many years of free-fall.

60
Rolling Stone

Two years after releasing the surprisingly mature goth-metal offering The Pale Emperor, Marilyn Manson has returned to straight-ahead shock.

59
Pitchfork
In 2017, the open horror of the world easily eclipses anything Manson’s recorded in years. Whatever value his music still holds derives from what you remember of him, and how sweet the memory of your thrill or disgust now rings.
50
PopMatters

Heaven Upside Down finds Manson struggling for meaning.

50
Crack Magazine
Longtime devotees won’t care, but Manson’s last album seemed to prompt a wider audience to sit up and take notice at the potential for stylistic maturity, and this feels like regression.
Sep 23, 2017
MezernikSu
95
Best Mansons Album so far!
Fav Tracks: Tattooed in Reverse, Kill4me, Say10, BLOOD HONEY

The only thing is, It rlly isn't, or does not seem like, what it was presented to be - A Concept Album. Still a great piece of art.
Dec 3, 2017
aijae
71
On 'Heaven Upside Down' Manson doesn't necessarily ventures into new territory, but this doesn't neglect the album from being a complete collection of sombre tunes. Sonic-wise, the production and instrumentation often goes through diverse and exciting arrangements within a single song. Maintaining some intrigue, even when there isn't much depth to what is being expressed. Thematically, lyricism might not be this project's strength; However, it displays the identity behind the record.

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Nov 15, 2017
90
Manson's Still Got it
Nov 4, 2017
emiliogarcia
70
Best: Revelation #12, WE KNOW WHERE YOU FUCKING LIVE, SAY10, KILL4ME
Worst: JE$U$ CRI$I$, Blood Honey
Oct 14, 2017
NR
Another album in Manson's catalog, doesn't really bring anything new to the table and doesn't live up to the expectations set by the earlier albums made with more renowned producers. There are a few gems but by and large it's most comparable to his earliest efforts before he became the Antichrist Superstar.
END OF YEAR LISTS
#30/Classic Rock Magazine
#91/Fopp
MISC LISTS
#11/Loudwire (Hard Rock)
Track List
  1. Revelation #12
  2. Tattooed In Reverse
  3. WE KNOW WHERE YOU FUCKING LIVE
  4. SAY10
  5. KILL4ME
  6. Saturnalia
  7. JE$U$ CRI$I$
  8. Blood Honey
  9. Heaven Upside Down
  10. Threats of Romance


Added on: September 4, 2017