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* 1/2 MARILYN MANSON, "Antichrist Superstar," Nothing/Interscope. The album covers acres of harrowing musical ground, but without ideas to anchor the stormy sound, it's only so much sound and fury.


Albums and other items in the Gift Guide are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).

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