Marilyn Manson, Holy Wood (in the shadow of the valley of death) (Nothing/Interscope): From where I sit, Manson's Ziggy/glam turn, Mechanical Animals, was brilliant rock 'n' roll. Here Manson gets heavier and harder, once again making a statement that should drive the adults crazy. One song's titled "Disposable Teens," and another "President Dead." Some Manson lyrics are pure poetry, 1984-style: "This is for the people/ Getting high on violence, baby/ President Dead is clueless/ And he's caught in a headlight, police-state god..." Just in time for a Bush presidency? — Michael Goldberg

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