Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Music Review: Sixx AM - Prayers for the Blessed

It is always good when a band can give you one solid album in a year, but for a band to give you two full length albums in one year that are great is a rarity.  Early in 2016, Sixx AM released the excellent Prayers for the Damned and by the end of 2016 they followed that up with the very good Prayers for the Blessed.  Sixx AM is a band started by Nikki Sixx which used to be just a side-project for him, but now that Motley Crue is done, it has become his number one priority.  Two studio albums in one year proves that.

When it gets down to it, Prayers for the Blessed is really a continuation of Prayers for the Damned.  You can tell all these songs were written within the same time frame.  The creativity must have been flowing like crazy because this album has songs that equal the quality of the songs on Damned.  Originally I thought Blessed would basically be the throw away tracks from Damned, but that just isn't the case.  These songs have focus and purpose.  A few of the stronger songs are We Will Not Go Quietly, The Devil's Coming and the emotional Helicopters.  The only misfire on this album is their remake of Harry Nilsson's 1972 classic, Without You.  I'm just not sure why they added this to the album.  Don't get me wrong, it is a good cover, but for some reason, the song interrupts the flow of the album in my opinion.  Besides that, Prayers of the Blessed is very strong and just a slight step down from Prayers for the Damned.


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