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Review: Heroin Diaries Soundtrack

heroincd.jpgBefore jumping into a quick review of the The Heroin Diaries by SIXX AM, I wanted to give the release a fair chance. So far, I've listened to the disc a total of five times.

It's amazing how my thoughts on the release change with each listen. At first, I thought the work was a little hokey and a too contrived. Now, I've realized that this album may represent the best song writing from Nikki Sixx since Mötley Crüe's Dr. Feelgood era.

Nikki Sixx plays bass on the work, James Michael sings and DJ Ashba plays guitar. There are times when I don't like Michael's voice. At the beginning of "Courtesy Call" I think Michael sounds a little too much like Bono, but then the tempo changes and so does his voice. I've read many reviews on the Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, just to see what other music fans thought about the work. A lot of people seem annoyed by the narration provided by Sixx, but this is where the music actually becomes a soundtrack. I can only assume that when Sixx recounts the days of his addiction - and path to sobriety - that he is reading from the forthcoming book. In many ways, the narration provided between the crescendos makes me more excited for the book. In fact, I was always looking forward to the book more than the CD. Remember: before I became a crazed Metal fan, I was a true English nerd. I feel right at home listening to Poison while reading John Donne, but I digress.

Dedicated readers to this online magazine might recall that I reported a negative view of the track "Life is Beautiful," also from the Heroin Diaries Soundtrack. After listening to the entire release I've decided the song is actually top notch, and it's the video I don't like. In fact, the video incorporates elements of the book and album cover art, which I really dislike. I assume SIXX AM were going for an avant garde element while juxtaposing a clouded photo of the band beside hand drawn skulls and scribbles. These "manufactured scribbles" represent doodles drawn by Sixx in the margins of his real journal, but I think this actually cheapens the product.

Still, the clouded album art doesn't detract from the quality of the music. My favorite tracks on the disc are "Heart Failure," "Girl With Golden Eyes" and "Permission."

A word of warning: the Heroin Diaries Soundtrack does not sound like Motley Crue, or even Brides of Destruction. If you're easily turned off by newer Metal trends (new, not "nu") avoid this release. If you like true rock, this album just might be for you.

Reader Comments (5)

For whatever reason, I expected a lot more from this disc. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. I am going to pick up the book, and listen to it again. I may re-evaluate my review after I have read the book.

Rob Rockitt
Hard Rock Hideout
Wow, as much as I love U2, I can't see the Bono-esque vocals fitting in very well with Nikki Sixx's material. Of course, I haven't listened to any of it aside from "Life is Beautiful" which I didn't care for in isolation.
August 31, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbob_vinyl
This CD is amazing. I wrote a review as well. It's without a doubt one of the most complex and impressive works of the year, and certainly of Sixx's career.

September 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterVince Neilstein
I didnt think much of it at first. A couple songs caught my ear. But now that I've listened to it a few times from start to finish and really went with the flow, I think its excellent. Its actually helping me through some rough times right now.
September 5, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjrunk
Absolutely Awesome
September 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSixxiniix

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