If you had to pick one song to summarise Prayers for the Blessed’s folly, it would have to be the inclusion of a cover of Badfinger’s 1970 hit, Without You – a song that has been recorded by no fewer than 180 artists in the 45 years since its first release. Interestingly Sixx:A.M. took the Harry Nilsson version as their template – the version Mariah Carey also used for her cover on Music Box – and they’ve opted to stick very close to what has been done before, raising the question “what’s the point”. That Sixx:A.M. have attempted to do something different is laudable, but when you’ve got decades of experience in music industry – as Ashba, Nikki Sixx, and James Michael all do individually – you are expected to stick the landing, which just doesn’t happen here.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 27th November 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.