The term “Modern Vintage” may seem like an oxymoron but in the case of SIXX:A.M.’s third album it is a perfect description. Debuting at number one on the iTunes rock chart, the new record draws on different genres and sounds and finds the delicate balance between old school and modern rock.
Musically, if not lyrically, this album has a much more upbeat feel than SIXX:A.M.’s prior two albums. The opening track, “Stars,” has a seventies Queen like feel with a huge chorus as does the first single, “Gotta Get It Right.” There are some heavier tracks as well with the full throttle feel of “Hyperventilate” and “Give Me A Love.” The surprises keep coming with the disco dance track “Miracle,” the ragtime vibe of the Joplinesque “Before It’s Over” and the flamenco style of “Get Ya Some.” The band decided to include a cover tune on this record with the beautifully done Cars song “Drive” with its opening piano and majestic guitar solo. The production on the album is spot on with Michael’s vocals soaring as needed and holding back when subtlety is key. Couple that with the unwavering bass lines of Nikki Sixx and the perfectly placed solos of DJ Ashba and the band is in top form.
Although the styles of music vary dramatically on “Modern Vintage,” the album has a real cohesive sound to it. It “feels” like SIXX:A.M. and that’s not a task easily accomplished. The talent of this songwriting team is apparent as they explore new territory. I can’t wait to see what they do next!