Marilyn Manson, ‘The Pale Emperor’

January 21, 2015 8:15 PM

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Marilyn Manson, ‘The Pale Emperor’

Marilyn Manson hasn’t cleaned up his act on his ninth studio LP, written with Tyler Bates, a composer for films, television, and video games.

Nor has he budged from the provocatively self-indulgent posturing that once alienated the Christian right, but now feels like doomsday shtick. Lyrically, you know what to expect; musically, there are bright spots. The album’s two singles — “Third Day of a Seven Day Binge,” which builds to a fiery in...

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