Sixx:A.M. - The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack: 10th Anniversary Edition

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When original released back in 2007, alongside Nikki Sixx's first memoir, The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack was one of, if not the, best hard rock records released that year. Most fans' interest came via Sixx and Mötley Crüe, but it was the blistering guitar work of D.J. Ashba and the wonderfully emotional vocals of James Michael which kept them. Now ten years old, Sixx is releasing a new edition of the book, and therefore a new edition of the album is being put out alongside it (plus a vinyl release for the first time, and a brand new graphic novel), with three new recordings. But what is most surprising about this version is what's not there, which is to say the acoustic tracks from 7, a 2012 digital-only EP - which has still not had a physical release - containing new versions of three songs from this album, and four from its follow-up This Is Gonna Hurt. This edition would have been the ideal time to include those three tracks, and then add the other four songs to an anniversary edition of the second album when the time comes. Instead, the band have recorded three new tracks, reworking Life Is Beautiful and Accidents Can Happen again (they were also tackled on the EP), plus Girl With Golden Eyes. In essence, all three new versions are simply slower, softer versions with more piano. This is fine for Girl With Golden Eyes, which is actually an improvement over the original, but the other two aren't as good. Life Is Beautiful is the biggest departure from the original, but while being slowed down so much it takes on a wearier, more pained tone, it actually loses some of the passion that made it such a great song before. Accidents Can Happen is basically the same as before, no better, no worse. The main interest here for existing Sixx:A.M. fans who own the original version is the vinyl release, because there wasn't one last time. Fans of digital music can preview, and acquire the three new songs if they really want them, and anyone who doesn't have the record in any format, needs it. The people in the middle, the ones with the old CD, don't need this at all. The new tracks just don't add enough to warrant buying it again in the same format.

Written by Andy Lye
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