January 31, 2011 by DJ Elroy
Orange County’s bad boys are back with “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes”, the newest page in the Social Distortion chronicles. The songs are immediately recognizable, not only because of Mike Ness’ distinctive voice, but because it’s the familiar Social D sound we’ve grown up with. The album’s been over 6 years in the making, and it’s what we’ve come to expect from the SxDx crew, but it’s more…
I can’t really put my finger on what it is. Sure, it’s the same blues/punk/western influenced rock that the band has become (in)famous for. There is a bit of piano work and the back-up singers must have been paid overtime. But it’s even more than that… The music has more soul, the riffs swing between melancholy and uplifting; the overall package is a bittersweet experience… It left me wondering what demons Mike’s been battling this time?
Album favorites: “Can’t Take It with You” (“you never see a hearse with a luggage rack!“), “Diamond in the Rough“, “Still Alive“, “Alone & Foresaken“, and the instrumental opening cut “Road Zombie“.
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