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Format: CD
Sku: 219360881
UPC: 045778711925
UPC 14: 00045778711925
Release Date: 1/18/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Road Zombie ~ Social Distortion
2. California (Hustle and Flow) ~ Social Distortion
3. Gimme That Sweet and Lowdown ~ Social Distortion
4. Diamond In the Rough ~ Social Distortion
5. Machine Gun Blues ~ Social Distortion
6. Bakersfield ~ Social Distortion
7. Far Side of Nowhere ~ Social Distortion
8. Alone and Forsaken ~ Social Distortion
9. Writing On the Wall ~ Social Distortion
10. Can't Take It With You ~ Social Distortion
11. Still Alive ~ Social Distortion

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Danny McGough (piano); Josh Freese (drums); Danny Frankel (percussion).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Duane Baron; Mike Ness.
Muze PNote Recording information: Ocean Studios, Burbank, CA.
Muze PNote Photographer: Arthur Rothstein.
Muze PNote For a veteran band, there's often a fine line between writing and playing in a signature style and just going through the motions, and some of the time it's as much about attitude and intent as anything else. Social Distortion cut their first album in 1983, and well over 25 years later, they have a trademark style, if there's any such thing, a rough-hewn hybrid of punk rock guitar attack and rootsy melodies influenced by classic blues, country, and rockabilly. By now, Mike Ness and his bandmates could probably crank this stuff out in their sleep if they wanted, but 2011's Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes is clearly the work of a band that still gives a damn about their rock & roll, no matter how familiar the surroundings. While 2004's Sex, Love and Rock 'N' Roll saw Ness digging deeper into personal concerns, Hard Times finds him stepping back a few paces; while "Can't Take It with You," "Gimme the Sweet and Lowdown," and "Still Alive" find Ness waxing philosophical, most of these songs exist in the world of cool cars, tough dames, and bad-luck guys who've been part of his regular cast of characters since the album Prison Bound in 1988. But if Ness isn't trying to reinvent Social Distortion in the 21st century, he still clearly knows what works for the band and what doesn't, and the songs are tough, memorable, and solidly crafted, while his guitar work remains solid, his vocals are expressive but with a shade less grit than usual and the faintest hint of vulnerability on songs like "Bakersfield" and a cover of Hank Williams' "Alone and Forsaken." This latest edition of Social Distortion -- Ness, guitarist Jonny Wickersham, bassist Brent Harding, and drummer David Hidalgo, Jr. -- can play their classic roots/punk sound with muscle and finesse and just the right amount of swing. And Ness produced the sessions for Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, showing he knows how to make this music work in the studio as well as he can make it come alive on-stage. Social Distortion sounds just as you would expect on Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, but that's to say they sound like a fine and fierce rock & roll who have beaten the odds and stayed around to keep making music long after many of their peers gave up, and the commitment that holds them together can be heard bubbling under each tune. ~ Mark Deming

Producer: Mike Ness

Engineer: Duane Baron

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Break Up / O.s.t.

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 01/18/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 87119
Music Label Name Label : Epitaph (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00045778711925

Professional Reviews

Spin (p.71)
- "Social D's trademark brew of punk, country, and Stonesy blues raunch feels weirdly, surprisingly fres....Ness has reaffirmed his relevance with a vengeance."

Alternative Press (p.90)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[With] longtime live staple 'Bakersfield,' finally getting a proper studio treatment."

Billboard (p.36)
- "Each one of these tunes will clearly rattle the rafters anywhere Social D plays, but with an added veneer that complements the raw, punk-like energy that is the band's stock in trade."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "The band's seventh studio album mixes gritty country, the more familiar rootsy rock'n'roll of the autobiographical 'Diamond In The Rough'...and the Stonesy 'California'..."

Uncut (magazine)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "Closer 'Still Alive' encapsulates the diehard survivor theme, and the band hammer it home with heartlifting vigour."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Social Distortion
Product attributeLabel:   Epitaph Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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