When Sixx: A.M. announced that they were releasing new music this year, I have to admit I was super stoked. Both of their past albums, The Heroin Diaries and This Is Gonna Hurt, were fantastic albums based on real emotions and experiences so I had extremely high hopes for their new single “Gotta Get It Right”. I had a lot of ideas for what the song would be about, but long story short I’m quite disappointed with Sixx: A.M.’s newest release.
From it’s first gospel-like ‘ahhhh’ and strum of the guitar, I knew it was all downhill musically. Was I listening to and Aerosmith/The Darkness? Generic riffs and percussion paired with an uber sing-songy musicality and vocals that don’t even sound like Nikki Sixx prove that they are trying extremely hard to be radio friendly. It’s hard to wrap your head around this significant change in instrumentation style with hard rock hits like “Life Is Beautiful” and “This Is Gonna Hurt” under their belt.
Let’s be completely honest here, Nikki Sixx’s lyrical genius saved this song from being a complete failure. There are differentiating storylines that live within the verses off this song and in the end it’s what truly makes it a perfect Sixx: A.M. track.
Lines like “if we could have this one night over/we gotta get it right” and “you fought with a passion/such over reaction” hint at a toxic relationship with someone who has a negative mindset towards them working through the issues. Paired with its chorus of “cause we were young and indestructible/with any luck we’ll be unstoppable/ and we could last forever”, the song gives the listener a scenario of what it must be like to be in love with a person who so obviously has commitment issues.
With recent events, “Gotta Get It Right” can also be about looking back on the of someone who had taken their own life. This subject is very prominent from beginning to end with lines like “oh the way that you stood there/you gave me a dead stare/the kind you can’t erase” and multiple mentions of struggle, being broken, how they “never fought to stay,” and pretty much giving up when the going got tough. There’s a sense of questioning ‘what could I have done to help them’ hidden under the lyrics and could absolutely be helpful for anyone dealing with the same emotions of loss.
“Gotta Get It Right” seriously feels like the second coming of Motley Crue and it’s not necessarily thrilling when Sixx: A.M’s music is filled with raw and emotional amazingness. It’s way too happy sounding to be a Sixx: A.M. song and is enough to worry a hardcore fan to the point of questioning what the rest of the upcoming album Modern Vintage is going to be like.