Perhaps to prepare fans for their next release (being produced by Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan, rumored to be experimental and different), Marilyn Manson have decided to release a five-track EP of dance remixes and live songs. Although diehard fans starved for more Manson product will eat it up, it's hardly a necessary release. The group does show that they have what it takes to come up with sometimes interesting dance makeovers of popular songs (such as "The Horrible People," a reworking of their hit "The Beautiful People"), but the originals are better and definitive. You'll also find a pair of live tracks, "Dried Up, Tied and Dead to the World" and "Antichrist Superstar," which catch the band in all of their shock-rock glory. And closing the mini-album is a mellow acoustic piece (consisting of just guitar and voice, with a few sound effects here and there) entitled "Man That You Fear," which is a departure from their usual sound. If you're an M.M. completist, you'll want a copy, but casual fans should stick with their full-length albums.
AllMusic Review by Greg Prato