Brutal Planet is the 21st studio album by Alice Cooper, released in 2000. Musically, this finds Alice tackling a much darker and heavier approach than on previous albums, with many songs approaching a somewhat modern-sounding, industrial/metal sound. Lyrically, it's a concept album that deals with themes of dark "social fiction", including domestic violence ("Take It Like a Woman"), prejudice ("Blow Me a Kiss"), psychopathic behavior ("It's the Little Things"), war ("Pick Up the Bones") and school shootings ("Wicked Young Man"). The album was followed by a sequel Dragontown.
Doug Van Pelt, editor of the alternative Christian music-oriented HM Magazine, found that the lyrics communicated biblical morals "in a very powerful way". Van Pelt stated further that the final argument is provided in the title track, which condemns the systems of judgment that the world uses. Moreover, "Blow Me a Kiss" urges the listener to think deeper about spiritual matters.
Cooper stated in an interview with Hard Music Magazine, "The funny thing was that The Last Temptation really wasn't part of the trilogy. That was on its own. That was the first thing I wrote as a Christian. And then, it was six years before I wrote Brutal Planet. Brutal Planet was a whole different story."
The songs "Gimme" and "It's the Little Things" had official music videos.
Six years passed between The Last Temptation and Brutal Planet, making it the longest break Cooper has taken to produce a new album.
A song titled "Can't Sleep, Clowns Will Eat Me" was going to be on this album but Cooper thought it didn't fit with the other songs so it was removed. It first appeared as a bonus track on the Japanese and Australian releases of the album, then appeared worldwide on the Special Edition version of Dragontown in 2002.
In a 2013 interview, Cooper stated that "Cold Machines" was an attempt at a Marilyn Manson-style song.