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  • Audio CD (17 Jan. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B004D5HRN6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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At this point, singing the blues is very much a personal choice for Mike Ness. Having seen the inimitable 80s West Coast hardcore scene bloom then bust, at his lowest ebb the Social Distortion frontman was accepting payment for gigs in heroin to feed his then habit. Having emerged the other side not only alive but with a string of fine releases – not least 1996’s White Heat, White Light, White Trash – the mark they’ve left is as proud and integral as a cigarette on a well-worn punk rock t-shirt.

So, what’s left? Thankfully, Hard Times... neither recycles former glories nor comes off as disingenuous. The hard luck tales are still here so, while it’s certainly familiar in places, they’ve also added elements to their sound like any band still looking to grow, 33 years into their career.

Opening instrumental Road Zombie neatly heightens the tension with its crescendo – not least because of the nascent fear that they’re starting by playing for time. California (Hustle and Flow) might follow by settling into a comfortable groove – "I went too fast with that rhythm and blues / Almost ended up dead like all those other fools" – but transforms itself with some soulful, soaring female back-ups come the chorus. Anyone familiar with Ness’ two solo albums will be aware that there’s just as much room in his battered heart for country, folk and other classic, American-made genres, but it’s rare they’ve all been unleashed upon us with as much joy as this. Their Hank Williams cover – Alone and Forsaken – fits the dark, tuneful tone like it’s the band’s own.

Stick around a little longer, dig a little deeper and, true, not all the songs heft the same impact. Still, with fewer albums albums under their belt than Green Day – with whom the band still share some trace of a kinship in their snottier moments – Social Distortion are clearly unhurried by the passage of time and passing trends. And it shows, as this is a fine addition to their canon and proves they’re full of a very important quality: life.

--Alistair Lawrence

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What I love about Social D is that although they have tended to follow a pattern in sound throughout their career, all of their albums are unique and stand out by themselves as singular records, which for a band I think is very important and is hard to do while consistently giving the fans what they love and want to hear.

Here, on their seventh studio album, SD have really toned down the punk sound and their trademark folky, country tinge really powers through this time. The songs are all as epic and massive in structure and Ness' superior writing abilities are present as ever.

Sex love and rock n roll was always going to be difficult to follow, but this record is something new and fresh and I loved it from the get go.

Ness' production is great too.

I think this will also attract a new fanbase.

bring on a UK tour

10/10
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One of the USAs great bands, they have now crossed the punk bridge to the mainstream (this was a US no1). Not to say that its a bad thing as the band still punk and roll bigtime - especially live. Standouts include; Bakersfield, Sweet and Lowdown and Diamond in the Rough. Not as good as White Light though
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Social distortion show a new growth and maturity on an album that largely dispenses with the punk side of their music and instead focuses on stately, dignified rock n' roll. Fans expected another turbo-charged opener like "reach for the sky" will be surprised when SD instead come swaggering out of the gate with the ridiculously catchy "California (Hustle and Flow)". From this song onward it's apparent that this album was a hell of a lot of fun for Mike and the boys to record and play. "Gimme the Sweet and Lowdown" is a wry look at a friend who's going off the rails with an "I've been there" raised eyebrow. "Diamond in the Rough" is a look at Ness's troubled past draped in gorgeous melodies and one of the best chrouses of his career. "Bakersfield" is another rock n' roll jam infused with rueful humour and a huge amount of greased-up swagger. "Writing on the Wall" is perhaps the most raw, honest song Ness has ever done (and that's saying a lot) writing about his turbulent relationship with his 18-year-old son. "Can't take it with you" is yet another fun song with an effortlessly cool piano solo, and "Still Alive" closes the album in a perfect way with a life-affirming anthemic sound and yet again another brilliant chorus.

No, this album isn't dark and angry like "White Light", it's perhaps even more fun and uplifting than "Sex, love and Rock n' Roll". It's the Social Distortion party album. They had a hell of a lot of fun recording this, and listening to it is a hell of a lot of fun.

Sound-wise, it's a mixture of Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell's bluesed-up rock n' roll and the colossal, unforgettable hooks of Sex, Love and Rock n' Roll, with a huge injection of piano and organ giving it a mature, soulful feel. Another triumph.
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they've mellowed in the meantime.less punchy than expected so will chart much higher than previous offerings and will doubtless propel them into bigger time.if you want better albums by them suggest "white light,white heat.white trash"and the follow up or mike ness solo "cheating at solitaire"
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I am not going to talk about the quality of the music on this album since so many others have done that aleady. I will just say that it is a bold album and not anyone might like it.
But kudos go to Epitaph for showing how to properly release a vinyl album today. This is a beautiful gatefold cover double LP version that comes with the CD of the album. If every company did that I would just buy vinyls anymore! Of course some give the vinyl buyers a free download for the mp3 album, but seriously: which vinyl buyer wants downcompressed mp3s? Nowadays the price of producing a CD is so low that I really do not understand why so many other record companies are not going the same path and give their vinyl buyers the CD for free as a bonus?
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Love the band and the record...what can i say?
Punx for ever
All the band records live and studio
Mr ness is the s***
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This is a bit more chilled than some of their CDs, its good i would recommend it if your a fan.
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