Mechanical Animals is music-wise a lot lighter than the previous album, but the lyrics are probably even darker and depressing. On a quest for purity, Manson goes the opposite direction, using alter ego superstar Omega and his band The Mechanical Animals (as a reference to Bowie's Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Hell) to go down a road of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll.
"To me it's a pretty depressing record, and at times it leads you to believe it's not depressing, it's being intentionally fake and sarcastic. The elements of glam are very ironic. I think the more people begin to listen to it, they'll see that – the dark. When things are expressed innocuously – that's when they're most depressing" (MM in Dissecting MM (pg.14))
Front reads: "Mar1lyn Man5on Mechanical Animals september 14th / www.marilynmanson.net"
Back reads: "Mar1lyn Man5on Mechanical Animals / Tour information: nov/dec 1998. Single out oktober - The Dope Show / Fame is the inevitable result of subversion and acclaim. Marilyn Manson now returns with his most alluring Rock'n'Roll album to date, Mechanical Animals. Destined to infiltrate our ideologies and evok our passions, prepare for a striking of the senses / 1998 Nothing/Interscope Records All Rights Reserved"