Sixx:A.M. – Prayers for the Damned, Vol. 1
2016, Eleven Seven Music
2. “You Have Come to the Right Place”
3. “I’m Sick”
4. “Prayers for the Damned”
5. “Better Man”
6. “Can’t Stop”
7. “When We Were Gods”
8. “Belly of the Beast”
9. “Everything Went to Hell”
10. “The Last Time (My Heart Will Hit the Ground)”
11. “Rise of the Melancholy Empire”
Okay, this is more like it. After the truly excellent This Is Gonna Hurt, I felt letdown by Modern Vintage. Now having listened to Prayers for the Damned, Vol. 1, I’m glad to see that Sixx:A.M. can still produce an appealing album. The trademarks of Sixx:A.M. are here: a mix of uplifting anthems and melancholy songs about a need to be better and live better while still facing and struggling with the demons inside.
And I can’t talk about Sixx:A.M. without mentioning the vocal talents of James Michael. He’s been in the music business as a producer/songwriter for a long time and I really think he’s probably the best voice you’re going to hear on modern rock radio. He perfectly conveys whatever each songs calls for, whether it’s defiance and positivity or fragility and suffering.
I’m glad Nikki Sixx is continuing on without Motley Crue and still creating new music. I think he’s one of the most talented songwriters to come out of the ’80s Sunset Strip scene. He gets how to write modern hard rock but still keep it hooky and melodic. As you can tell by the title of this album, there is a Prayers for the Damned, Vol. 2 set for release later this year and I’m looking forward to it.
James Michael – Vocals, Keyboard
DJ Ashba – Guitar
Nikki Sixx – Bass
Dustin Steinke – Drums
Highlights: “Rise”, “You Have Come to the Right Place”, “Prayers for the Damned”, “When We Were Gods”, “Rise of the Melancholy Empire”