The Pale Emperor (Hell, etc.)
Dead Posey on Manson and the Beatles: Danyell Souza of L.A. rock band Dead Posey talks about her love for a controversial Manson album. Meanwhile, Tony F. talks Beatles.
Danyell Souza: It’s extremely difficult to narrow down my all time favorite album but I’m gonna have to go with Marilyn Manson’s The Pale Emperor. It has the right amount of rock and roll with that dgaf attitude that I’m always seeking for Dead Posey.
I know things are a bit controversial for Manson at the moment but it doesn’t take away from him as an artist and the blood curdling soul he injects into all his vocals. I subscribe to the idea that the more character in a voice the better, not singing perfectly like you’re in a fucking singing contest! You can learn perfect vocal technique but you can’t learn character – you either have it or you don’t.
This album is full of everything I live for when it comes to music, from the sex appeal to the dark twisted corners of the human mind I like to find myself wrapped up in. xx
Tony F: All time favorite album? It’s a tall order to pick just one… After whittling it down to the top 5 most life-defining for me (which include Depeche Mode’s Violator and GnR’s Appetite – see, I snuck in a couple extras to mention there), at the risk of sounding cliche it’s gotta be the Beatles Revolver. The melodies, harmonies, rhythms, and sounds of this collection of perfectly crafted songs have been ingrained into my being since I was in diapers.
It’s of course a masterclass in pop songwriting by some of the very greatest that ever lived, but to me it’s also the ultimate rock band album – you’ve got 4 incredibly gifted musicians playing off of and complimenting each other perfectly, there is just enough ambitious experimentation sonically and musically to keep things exciting and fresh without ever getting unfocused or bloated, and around every corner is an instantly iconic hook, riff, or vibe.
And of course for every producer or engineer out there everything you need to know about the craft of recording and arranging music is contained in this work – including how to help keep a band of fiery, distinct personalities together enough to lay down some songs! Revolver set the template for the modern album which is still followed today, and has influenced so much in the world that it’s impossible to quantify. It’s still the GOAT to me.
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