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Social Distortion

Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes

Epitaph / Ada 87119.2

Released on January 18, 2011



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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Average Customer Rating: 3.5 with 6 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Road Zombie  3%
2 California (Hustle And Flow)  4%
3 Gimme The Sweet And Lowdown  8%
4 Diamond In The Rough Voted #3  12%
5 Machine Gun Blues  11%
6 Bakersfield  6%
7 Far Side Of Nowhere  6%
8 Alone And Forsaken Voted #2  16%
9 Writing On The Wall  10%
10 Can't Take It With You  7%
11 Still Alive Voted #1  17%
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Chris from Willebroek, Belgium 
Oct 6 2011 Rating: 2/5 Stars

In my opinion this is not Social Distortion anymore and certainly has nothing to do with punk anymore. I listened to it a few times and then I was fed up with it.....

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Stephanie from Goleta, CA 
Feb 21 2011 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This is an awesome album. I can see how some people might not like it, but if you listen to it enough it will definitely grow on you. Listening to it has strengthened my love of Social D and this album shows that they are still going strong.

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Michael from Orlano, FL 
Feb 4 2011 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Mike Ness shows his genius on this one. If you buy this dont expect Live at the Roxy. but this is a truly incredible cd. It has a wide range and should appeal to just about anyone who likes music in general. It could easily be one of the best albums of the year. I have been a Social Distortion fan for a long time but this could become my favorite quickly. I especially like Alone And Forsaken, Still Alive & Machine Gun Blues.

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Pat from Bristol, PA 
Jan 28 2011 Rating: 1/5 Stars

I've given up. Social Distortion used to be a punk band many many many years ago. For some reason I keep thinking to myself they will return to glory, but they never do.

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Kyle B from Evansville, IN 
Jan 24 2011 Rating: 3/5 Stars

this was okay, i suppose. i like their older stuff much better. this just sort of drug-along and even during the first time i listened to it. i would buy "somewhere between heaven & hell" first!

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Kevin from Houston, TX 
Jan 20 2011 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Brilliant! Now I know why this took Mike Ness & Co. so many years to make. Since the last album Social Distortion has been touring almost non-stop. I read somewhere that Mike Ness really wanted to be a live band again before recording a new collection of songs. He was smart to do that. This album is honestly the next step of evolution for Social Distortion. I love how they re-recorded "Alone & Foresaken" (which use to be only available on a very pricey Japanese import). The whole album is great.The production is more advanced than anything Mike Ness has ever done, but I mean that in a good way. I recomend you keep it wherever you listen to music the most.

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