Review: Sixx:A.M. – This Is Gonna Hurt



Sixx:A.M.’s new album is one of those made-for-radio records—but in all the right ways. This Is Gonna Hurt is a polished spectacle, irresistibly hooky and just heavy enough for headbangers, grandiose and gritty with the Los Angeles swagger characteristic of recent Revolver cover-boy Nikki Sixx, Mötley Crüe’s founding bassist and main songwriter. The second release from his side project is easily the best record released by a member of Crüe outside of Crüe (see vocalist Vince Neil’s recent solo album and drummer Tommy Lee’s latest Methods of Mayhem outing) and a remarkable hard-rock album in its own right, even topping Sixx:A.M.’s 2007 debut, The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, which features the smash hit, “Life is Beautiful.” From the bouncy opener and title track, This Is Gonna Hurt is clearly a labor of love for Sixx, who handpicked the phenomenal vocalist James Michael and guitarist DJ Ashba, of Guns N’ Roses fame, to round out his band. The passion runs thick, but the record also displays new focus and sophistication from the group. Unlike on their first album, Sixx has mercifully abandoned the narrator angle, shutting up and letting the music do the talking. And boy, does it talk. The songs are dark, operatic, and almost ridiculously catchy. Highlights include the soaring first single “Lies of the Beautiful People,” the achingly touching ballads “Skin” and “Smile,” and the soulful anthem “Are You With Me.” To answer the question in that last song’s title: Yes, we are, Sixx:A.M. Yes, we are. JEREMY BORJON

  • Caitlin Campagno

    I LOVE this album!!!! got it the day it came out…thats sad…BUT i cant stop listening and rocking out to it!!!!

  • Robo52011

    I like 3-4 for songs max…I really like 2 of them….Think Nikki might have rushed this one. LOVE the first CD…Most of it IF NOT ALL OF IT. The music seems to drown the signing and lyrics..cant get into it like first one. Maybe its one of those that grow on you?!?

  • nike sb guns

    How can they


    Guns and Roses when


    band are gone, leaving just

    well as a
    bunch of imitators?

  • MattySmooth

    Best Album 2011 (so far)

  • Anonymous

    Love this album!  I can’t stop listening to it!  I loved the Heroin Diaries, but this is even better. The band gets bigger each time.  The music, the lyrics, the operatics and passion that shines on this album is beautiful.  There’s so many genres in styles of music on this album that it’s breathtaking.  The collaboration of Nikki, James and DJ is amazing.  The creativity keeps shining through and they’ve taken the bar to another level.  This album’s been so well received, it’s great for fans to enjoy this album that’s been well crafted.

  • Clayne Stirland Zollinger III

    The first Sixx: AM record was amazing start to finish. It was one of the greatest concept albums ever recorded (ranking up there with Rush’s 2112 😉 ) and possible one of the greatest albums ever recorded in the history of rock music. Their second effort, while enjoyable, pales in comparison. There really aren’t any heavy moments to speak of, not sure what YOU were listening to Revolver… Better than the first? No The first was a 5/5 this is a 3/5 maybe a 3.5/5. I enjoyed it, but hope they are better in the future.