SIXX:A.M. – The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack: 10th Anniversary Edition
Featuring James Michael on vocals and former Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba, "The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack" is a well-written and emotionally engaging affair that rarely loses momentum. The tunes are memorable and contain a lot of great melodies and hooks, but they are also quite layered and textured, which entails that one can keep listening to them over and over again only to discover interesting nuances and details every time. The musicianship is excellent and the production is pretty damn solid too. The songs are both inspired and inspiring, and they walk that fine line between being utterly depressing and wonderfully uplifting. There is something strangely life-affirming about Nikki’s narrative despite it being so goddamn unsettling and bleak at times, simply because it is the tale of a survivor and of one who was eventually able to shake off the chains with which he was bound. That is a beautiful thing in and of itself, folks. Cuts such as "Van Nuys", "Pray for Me", "Dead Man’s Ballet", and "Girl With Golden Eyes" are truly haunting and moving. "Life is Beautiful" and "Tomorrow" also stand out. The songs range from intimate and mellow to all-out explosive and bombastic. A diverse and dynamic record for sure. On top of that, it still sounds modern and current, which is awesome.
This anniversary edition of "The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack" contains three bonus tracks, namely re-worked versions of "Life is Beautiful", "Accidents Can Happen", and "Girl With Golden Eyes", all of which are cool, but the original album already has a certain vibe and feel to it in place that is captivating and the aforementioned bonus songs add very little to the whole thing. If you missed out on "The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack" the first time around, you obviously need to check this expanded re-issue out ASAP.