"A few blocks away a teenage girl plays Russian roulette with her daughter/Is this the best that we can do?" Nikki Sixx asks. Apparently, it's the best he can do: The Mötley Crüe bassist clearly poured his heart and soul into this unburdening album (a companion to his new "rock and roll self-help book"). Nikki shouts at personal and societal devils over ballad-rock sturm and drang that tries for Springsteen but ends up at Meat Loaf fronting Nickelback. You feel for him, just not enough to sit through a celebrity culture-is-evil screed called "Lies of the Beautiful People."
Listen to "This Is Gonna Hurt":