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Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes

Social DistortionAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 18, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B004DK49DW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,160 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes builds on singer Mike Ness twin footings, one in the haunted American landscapes of Hank Williams and the other in the raw swagger of Exile era Rolling Stones. While these twin pillars have always been behind Social Distortion s anthemic songs, on Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes they come roaring to the fore, in one of the hardest rocking, most soulful albums of Ness career. From opener California (Hustle and Flow), a song with enough attitude to redline a 40 Merc, to the dark rockin cover of Hank William s Alone and Forsaken, longtime fans will find the trademark punk roar they love. New fans, too, will be drawn to Ness maturing songwriting and vocals Ness produced Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (his first time at the production helm) with an eye to his rock and roll legacy, and it s not hard to imagine fans of Springsteen or Petty rocking out to these timeless songs.

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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HT & NR hangs with the best January 18, 2011
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First off, let's get things straight-Mike Ness is going on 50 years old, his music has grown and matured with him. I'm sick of reading reviews that say they aren't "punk" anymore, or have "lost their edge". Social D, from 1988's "Prison Bound" on up, have been, and always will be a ROCK & ROLL band with very few peers. About half of these songs have been in and out of Social D's setlists for years now, so some may be turned off that this is not all "new" material, but for the rest of us, it's finally good to hear these songs layed down in the studio. I'll do a brief song-by-song rundown...

Road Zombie-I've seen this song played live multiple times, always as the opener, and for a good reason. It really gets you ready for what's in store. It's an instrumental track with a driving riff, and some great leads by Mike.

California(Hustle & Flow)-A classic rock & roll riff, background gospel singers, not the best lyrics Ness has ever written, but a good song overall.

Gimme the Sweet and Lowdown-Classic SD. Sounds like it could have been on Sex, Love, & Rock n' Roll.

Diamond in the Rough-Probably my personal favorite track on the album. Ness speaks from the heart. Brent and Johnny's background vocals in the chorus are beautiful and top-notch. One of Ness's finest vocal performances ever.

Machine Gun Blues-Pretty self-explanatory. A song with that badass of a title, could be nothing less than...well, badass.

Bakersfield-Another personal favorite. They have been playing this live for a few years. A beautiful song about being away from your girl, and hoping that things are ok when you return to her.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Sweet and slightly let down January 18, 2011
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Like a lot of people, I've been a fan from the early days - since hearing 1945 on Rodney on the Roq so many years ago. And I've seen them 15-plus times live. But to be honest, this is the first album I've been slightly disappointed in.

The background singers, the piano and other flourishes would seem to make this a great Mike Ness solo album... or a Black Crowes album. Actually, that's not too far off. There certainly have been country and Western influences that have cropped up over the years, but this is the first time I've heard Southern influences. I've always considered them the quintessential southern California band, so the Southern thing is hard to square.

Now, all of this could be overlooked if they brought an A-game of songs, but sadly they haven't. There's usually been one kind of wink-wink-nudge-nudge song - Sick Boy, When She Begins, Nickels and Dimes - but there's too many here. More references to Bonnie and Clyde, classic cars, and all the stereotypical greaser thing is fine in small doses, but it just becomes tedious parody that makes it hard to take things seriously when it's overdone.

Far Side of Nowhere, Writing On the Wall, and Take Care of Yourself are easily the 3 weakest and worst songs SxDx have ever released. They not only lack the traditional SD sound, they really are generic, '90s alt rock lite, reminiscent of Gin Blossoms or something equally bland. It makes me cringe to think this album would be anyone's introduction to the band based on the weaker material.

Also, the production here smooths things over like never before. There is less energy, less aggression. I heard Ness say this album was one of guitar tones, but I much preferred the awesome range of tones displayed on White Light White Heat.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shake Well Before Serving January 18, 2011
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I bought this album this morning as it was just released today. I've given it a good listen, and if I had to come up with one word to sum it all up, it'd be mature. These guys sound as if they're 100% in their element. It sounds as if they had a lot of fun making these songs. While not punk for the most part, they do convey a lot of energy in their own right. It's 25% rock, 25% country, 25% blues, 15% punk and 10% rockabilly.

The album comes in the newer cardboard packaging and contains a very cool fold-out poster with lyrics on the other side.

As mentioned by another reviewer, if you enjoy the solo efforts by Mike Ness or Social Distortion's Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, you'll most certainly enjoy this album. Social Distortion has evolved through the years, but they've also gotten older. I've been a fan for over 20 years now and can say I'm moving right along with them. Alghough I still listen to a lot of punk, heavy metal, and alternative rock, I find this album to be very refreashing. I've never been a fan of country outside of greats like Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard, But in this case it works. It works because Social Distortion has effortlessly tied together their influences to bring us a very enjoyable album.

There aren't a lot of artists out there that can provide the same level of energy and compassion after playing for over three decades. However, Social Distortion has managed to capture and bottle that energy up, which makes for some fun listening. Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes may not be for everyone, but if you're like me and have aged (not so gracefully), and evolved musically from the early punk days of the 80s, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Social D!!! Great album
Published 3 months ago by Brent Durbin
5.0 out of 5 stars positive
got this for a friend he now has all social d cds he is totally stoked about it thank you
Published 7 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars heck yea
The cd came in great condition. no problems, no scratches. just awesome music. was in appropriate sized packaging. thank you
Published 7 months ago by Shari Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
One of the best Social Distorion albums. Little more refined than you're used too. If you like this, buying the rest is a no brainer.
Published 7 months ago by sarmatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Excellent Excellent
I love the album. My order included a double LP with the album on CD as well. I'd say it's well worth the money.
Published 10 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Aweome
This is an awesome CD. All Social D fans have to love this one. Love it. Love Social Distortion. What more can I say.
Published 10 months ago by L. DIGIOVANNI
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't say much that others haven't already
I think other people summed it up pretty clearly - this is a great album. Fits Social D's style, but has enough newness to keep you interested. Read more
Published 16 months ago by W. Eden
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great cd
This is another great album from mike ness and social distortion, more mature sound, but great composition i love this cd, great work
Published 17 months ago by A. Ochoa
5.0 out of 5 stars o yea
its hard not to like this they do happen to be my favorite band I here it all the time
Published 19 months ago by gabriel mendoza
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Very cool band that I'd lost track of and am now trying to catch up. There's quite a history here. Would love to see a documentary on this band. Read more
Published 20 months ago by R. Bennett
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Ehh no.

Though sometimes categorized under Punk, Social Distortion really isn't a punk band. And their music is definitely not comparable to Bad Religion's.
Their style has actually been quite consistent I think, and though this album has shown the maturation of the band a bit (not necessarily a... Read More
Feb 15, 2011 by Christian D. |  See all 2 posts
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