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Heroin Diaries Soundtrack
Released: 2007, Eleven Seven Music
Reviewer: Celtic Bob
A soundtrack to a book? A soundtrack to a movie is usually a no brainer release but this is the first time in my memory that one has been done for an autobiography style book. Then again this is Nikki Sixx we are talking about here and he tends to be slightly off center at times and pushing the envelope so to speak. Culled from his drug induced, heroin addicted days of 86/87 this soundtrack is based on his diary entries from that period. Although Nikki is most known for being the primary songwriter and bassist for the Metal band Motley Crue; this release is not a Metal album but it contains some of his best work to date.
The disc starts out with an entry from the diary being read by Sixx himself. It is an entry from Xmas day 1986 where he seems to be at the lowest point in his life. Hearing him speak it gives it a whole new meaning than if you were just reading it off a page. Throughout the whole disc there are little snippets of Nikki reading from the Diaries which make the concept come together all that much more and show how low he was when high and how he realized it and became clean.
This concept disc or soundtrack as it is labeled is one of the greatest concept discs of all times and rivals anything out there in the field. The story hits home moreso than most as it is real and about Sixx’s own life and not just some fabricated story. This is the real deal and it shows in the lyrics. It as though he is telling the story through both his own voice and from an outsider view at times. The spoken word parts add to it tremendously.
Song wise the 13 tracks are not metal but are fantastic Rock songs with great melodies and sounds. With the recruitment of DJ Ashba and James Michael the trio deliver a sonic journey into the drug induced haze that was Nikki Sixx in the late 80’s. The music here is not the easiest to describe as it is unique and nothing like we have really heard before, but it isn’t so far out in left field that it makes it unlistenable. In fact it is the opposite and it is very enjoyable and probably the best disc you will hear this year. It hold an Pink Floyd type quality to it in the way that it captures your interest and draws you into the story closer creating intense visuals in your mind.
A true masterpiece that everyone will enjoy.
1. X-Mas In Hell
2. Van Nuys
3. Life Is Beautiful
4. Pray For Me
6. Accidents Can Happen
8. Dead Man's Ballet
9. Heart Failure
10. Girl With Golden Eyes
11. Courtesy Call
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