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Sixx: A.M.

Heroin Diaries Soundtrack

(Eleven Seven; US: 21 Aug 2007; UK: Available as import)

Ah, to cash in on near death experiences. Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx has definitely been close to leaving this world on a few occasions and now has taken the time to write a book on it. And this Soundtrack is based on the book, with a song dedicated to each chapter. Sixx gives a spoken word reading during “X-Mas in Hell”, which shows the singer at rock bottom with a needle in his arm. A lot of the material has a certain Meat Loaf, epic feel as is the case with the slow-building “Van Nuys”, the metal-tinted, Queen-cloned “Dead Man’s Ballet” and the equally bombastic “Life is Beautiful”. Surprisingly, the material works quite well for the most part despite some songs such as “Pray For Me” being far too slick, glossy and over-produced. Things slow down with the melancholic ballad “Accidents Can Happen” which is one of the better power “hair metal” ballads of recent memory. The genre is revisited during “Girl With Golden Eyes” with similar results. Perhaps one of the highlights though is the quirky, carnival-laced “Intermission” while “Heart Failure” isn’t too shabby either.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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More than a mere memoir and corresponding album, The Heroin Diaries, the latest project from Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx, is a graphic exploration into the mind of a man losing his battle with himself.
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