Sound — 8
One thing to consider when reviewing a side project: are they writing good music or riding coattails? With their diverse and well-produced sound it's likely that Sixx A.M. would achieve modern rock relevance with or without their illustrious bassist. All things considered, "This Is Gonna Hurt" isn't so painful. Smartly, the album is chock full of raucous rock songs with soaring, poppy choruses. These tracks are the equivalent of getting drunk at a party and having a splendid time with friends. Unfortunately, the disc's down-tempo numbers feel like obligatory record fodder and nearly drag the album down by its tail. These tracks are more like when you woke up with a b-tchin' hangover and someone drew dicks all over your face with a Sharpie marker. Luckily, the bad tracks serve as evidence of the good times that preceded it.
Lyrics — 8
This may be a starry-eyed thought but it stands to reason that Nikki Sixx could've chosen any vocalist to front the band. Selecting James Michael was a smooth decision. His voice naturally, correctly, and beautifully jells with the overall sound. The proof is in the pudding listen to the record and you'll understand. Lyrically, rock albums are a lot like Michael Bay movies. You're won't be challenged intellectually. You're not going to feel tugs on your heartstrings. Instead, you should temper your expectations and try to have a mindless good time. Mission accomplished.
Overall Impression — 8
"This Is Gonna Hurt" by Sixx A.M. is a respectable sophomore album with an awkward ending. It's like banging a perfect-ten that farts when she orgasms. You can still brag to your friends that you banged a hottie but you'll want to pretend the ending never happened.