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Shake Well Before Serving,
This review is from: Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (Audio CD)
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.