Marilyn Manson, Liam Gallagher, & Cults Furnish Top Albums Of The Week - October 6
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This week saw the return of some of music's favorite outcasts. From Satan-worshiping rock stars to one half of a world-dominating British band to Canadian blue collar indie rockers, this was a good week for those with keen ears searching for new sounds from someone they've probably heard before.
Marilyn Manson delivered an album that continues to solidify him as one of music's greatest villains. Liam Gallagher unveiled his first ever solo LP. Wolf Parade returned with their first record in seven years, and it shows they haven't lost a step.
We caught up with Cults earlier this week, who just dropped their newest effort. And TOKiMONSTA returned from multiple brain surgeries to deliver her fifth record. So without further ado, here are ARTISTdirect's top albums of the week:
Marilyn Manson — Heaven Upside Down
Heaven Upside Down is Marilyn Manson's tenth studio album. For over 25 years, rock and roll's leading Satanist has focused on themes of sex, religion, guns, violence, drugs, and general disruption, and things haven't changed much for Manson on this newest effort. Those expecting something new from the artist may be disappointed, but those looking for another classic piece from one of music's greatest villains should be pleased.
Liam Gallagher — As You Were
As You Were is Liam Gallagher's first solo effort after the Oasis split and subsequent Beady Eye period. It's been years since the brotherly bridge burned — and there don't seem to be any plans for a rebuild any time soon — but for those hoping in vain for a loving reunion, the younger Gallagher's new album might help pass the time during what could be a long, long wait. Heavy on Beatles references and lacking some of the lyrical quality that one might hope for from the acid-mouthed Brit, there is still enough sound here to fill arenas. The album isn't as raw as past efforts, but the production from Greg Kurstin helps to smooth some of the album's more jagged edges. (What's the Story) Morning Glory? this is not, but it should certainly get some old fans back in Liam's camp.
Cults — Offering
We caught up with Cults' Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, and Brian told us a bit about their new album's influences: "For me, more instrumentally, we made the joke that our first record was like our 60's record, the second one was like our 70's, and this one might be like our 80's record. Maybe the 90's are coming next, I don't even know what that would sound like. For me, the learning and listening to a ton of music I hadn't listened to before, and learning about bands like The Cocteau Twins and The Motels and Gary Numan, and even, like everyone else it seems, catching up on Prince, and a lot of music that before I had kind of just missed for some reason, and it was awesome. I had a lot of time to just reconsider some older sounds and how we could blend that in with what our band is."
TOKiMONSTA — Lune Rouge
Back in 2015, Jennifer Lee, aka TOKiMONSTA, was diagnosed with Moyamoya disease, a rare and possibly fatal brain disease. She went through two brain surgeries, and afterward lost her ability to comprehend language, walk, or make music. She eventually regained those abilities, and her fifth studio album, Lune Rouge, is made up of songs all created after her recovery. The LP features collaborations with MNDR, Joey Purp, Isaiah Rashad, and IO Echo, and is a testament to the artist's strength and determination.
Wolf Parade — Cry Cry Cry
Oh, how we've missed the howls and claws of Wolf Parade. Back in 2011, the Canadian quartet announced an indefinite hiatus, and we feared it might be the last we'd hear from them. Thankfully, in 2016 they announced their return and followed it up with a solid EP. Now they're back with their first LP in 7 years and it might be their most cohesive effort yet. This is strong blue-collar stuff, quality sounds from a band that clearly doesn't feel the attraction of mass appeal, though Springsteen fans will certainly find something worthwhile here.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff