Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes

What do you get when you cross a little bit of punk, a little bit of country and a whole lot of street-wise lyrics? An album full of awesome, in the form of the new Social Distortion album, Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes. If you remember this post, you’ll know that I’ve only been waiting since November for this album to drop.

Now, if I’m being completely honest, the previewed track Machine Gun Blues was not my favorite; but I’ve been streaming the songs from the album from the Social D website for the past week, so I’ve spent some time already with this disc, and from the opening growl of Road Zombie (the perfect intro), California (Hustle and Flow) recalls a Shake Your Money Maker-era Black Crowes (which I flove & wrote about here), this is a disc that does not disappoint, clear through the bonus tracks (that you should spring the extra few bucks for). Every song is just different enough that it keeps you curious as to what is coming next, but all the songs stay true to the music I’ve come to know and love from Social D.

I’m a big fan of that punk-blues-rockabilly-guitar-driven kind of music, and I may or may not also have a crush on Mike Ness (seriously; look at that picture!), so yes, I’m happy to find this and it was worth the wait since the last release. The songs are pure Social D, with the forward guitars, an almost stripped-down sound and catchy lyrics and pretty soon you’re driving down the street singing along to the lyrics that reveal a bit of the seedy underbelly of life that lyricist Ness has lived through.

So if you like the music like I like the music, do yourself a favor and grab this one from your favorite music purveyor. No, seriously; go now.

3 Responses to Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes
  1. oh_pook
    January 18, 2011 | 3:09 pm

    Thanks Mari

    A friend played Machine Gun Blues on his radio show a few weeks back… and though it had Social D written all over it… I wasn’t sure if I needed to get this CD because, A) well it’s Social Distortion or B) this CD is gonna kick ass. Head versus Heart thing…

    I’ll put it in the number 2 slot for “Cd’s I need that came out this week” (I’m lovin waaay too much on The Decemberists right now)

    every now and again I find great comfort going way back in time to my punk era

  2. oh_pook
    January 22, 2011 | 8:48 am

    Did you see Social D did a Daytrotter session? Prison Bound is really good to my ears!

    • Mari
      January 24, 2011 | 8:58 am

      Ooh, I didn’t; I’ll check it out. Prison Bound is very good to my ears too – even though I look quite funny driving down the street in my mom-wagon & sweater set, blaring it and singing along :)
      Mari´s last [type] ..Mayhaps I spoke too soon

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