This Is Gonna Hurt
Label: Eleven Seven Music
Not necessarily a soundtrack, Sixx:A.M.'s second full-length is more like a sonic complement to bassist and Motley Crue madman Nikki Sixx's second book, the identically titled This Is Gonna Hurt (which hopefully is as lurid as his first, The Heroin Diaries). Though Sixx's roots lie in hair metal, Sixx:A.M. is all about stripper-approved grunge a la My Darkest Days and Saving Abel. In other words, they're big on sing-along choruses and macho posturing while short on snarling riffage and hard grooves. The band even busts a little piano rock with the tunes "Smile" and "Goodbye My Friends."