This album is really a great one. One of Social D'S all time best. There are so many songs on here that just make you feel good when you hear them.
Mike Ness has a style that is unmatchable, and he puts a lot of heart and soul into his tunes. Songs like Let it be me, Sick Boy, and So Far Away make me feel good on bad days.Ball and Chain is a good one, but I must say as famous as this one got I think there are some others on this album that should have got just as much recognition.
This band has been making tunes for a long time, and they deserve much respect, not to mention that the band members have been through a lot. Social Distortion isn't just a another Punk group. These guys are different. It seems like Punk Rock today is a bunch of sophmoric boys singing and whining. Social Distortion on the other hand are MEN who sing about real life, and what we all go through good and bad. Lots of times when I hear Social D I don't just hear great music, I hear the sounds of a band who understands people today, and the problems and rough spots of our society and living in Urban America.
I saw Social Distortion about a year ago, and I was so impressed to see and hear a punk rock group that I grew up listening to as a boy play in front of me as a man and have all of the power and energy a band could ever desire.They played quite a long set list too.
Social Distortion isn't on MTV AND VH1, and to me thats a good thing because it seperates the true punk rock from the sophmoric cheese punk of today. These guys don't sing about what its like to be rich, and do abnoctious videos were they dance around and try and get you to giggle. Social Distortion appeals to us middle class Americans who work long hours, mis our girlfriends/wives and have ups and downs with the law.They acknowledge that it's OK to not be perfect and we all make bad decisions in our lives.
The self titled album has so many Social D classics. Don't get this one because you heard "Story of my Life" in the movie "Orange County" and you want that song, get it because every song on this CD is a Social D classic. Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire is covered better than any other band could ever hope to, and Mike Ness' love for Johnny Cash is clearly apparent when you hear it. If your a Social D fan I'm sure you've heard this song whether you own this album or not.
Seriously folks this band and this album deserve 6 stars, its really that good. So get this album and some Rum and Coke ,a few good friends and some beers, and crank this one up.