As Nikki Sixx’s career with Motley Crue winds down, it seems that Sixx: A.M. is destined to reach new heights. One of the benefits of creating a band with established, proven entities is that they are free to expand their horizons when they write, and draw inspiration from a variety of influences (that may or may not be defined as traditional “hard rock”). This is one of the reasons that the band’s most recent single, “Stars,” stands out in a unique way amongst other songs on Active Rock radio today.
With the freedom to push the envelope more than ever on Modern Vintage, Sixx: A.M. has taken their sound to another level, particularly with “Stars,” (arguably the best track on the album). Fast-paced and aggressive, the song builds to a crescendo as the chorus explodes with a melodic hook and James Michael’s impassioned vocals. DJ Ashba’s lead is as impressive as it is tasteful, adding a perfect accent within the confines of the song.
“Stars” is yet another standout single, following in the footsteps of “Life Is Beautiful,” “Lies Of The Beautiful People” and “Gotta Get It Right” (the first single off of Modern Vintage).
Seeing the Motely Crue era come to an end may be disappointing to many, but the silver lining is that it gives Sixx: A.M. the chance to flourish as something more than a side project; the band will finally be free to shoot for the “stars” with their own brand of hard rock.