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Social Distortion

Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes

Epitaph / Ada 87119.1

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: 2.5 with 2 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Road Zombie  6%
2 California (Hustle And Flow)  4%
3 Gimme The Sweet And Lowdown Voted #3  13%
4 Diamond In The Rough  13%
5 Machine Gun Blues  6%
6 Bakersfield  10%
7 Far Side Of Nowhere Voted #1  15%
8 Alone And Forsaken Voted #2  15%
9 Writing On The Wall  6%
10 Can't Take It With You  0%
11 Still Alive  13%
12 Take Care Of Yourself  0%
13 I Won't Run No More  0%
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Tino from Dover, NH 
Nov 6 2011 Rating: 4/5 Stars

Primarily as a fan of the "White Light, White Heat, White Trash" era of Social D it definitely took me quite a few listens to get into this one. But after a while i started to really like it. There are some songs that just plain suck and that i skip every time. But for the majority its pretty good.

Some people don't like it but honestly, why would Ness want to put out the same exact thing as the last record? you have to progress and evolve in some way from record to record and that's exactly what he did. Personally highlights of this are "Gimme the sweet and lowdown" "Far Side Of Nowhere" "Alone & forsaken" "Still alive".

If you're a social D fan definitely check it out. If you're not a punk or social D fan you still can probably get into this because there's a lot of general rock sound (in the track i always skip)

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Nora from Joliet, IL 
Feb 12 2011 Rating: 1/5 Stars

What a pile of crap this album is.If you like social distortion don't buy this record,it is horrific in my opinion.the worst thing mike ness has ever released.too bad.

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