11 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mike Ness is Social Distortion. Guitarist Jonny Wickersham returns on guitar and the rhythm section of bassist Brent Harding and session drummer Josh Freese keeps things tight and focused, but this is the Mike Ness show. It’s primarily his songs and it’s his vocals that identify these tunes. His snarl grants great empathy to the Wickersham co-write “Far Side of Nowhere,” a driving sorrow to the cover of Hank Williams’ “Alone and Forsaken” and a defiant pride to “Still Alive.” The guitars are pure Social Distortion as they buckle behind with a crunchy distortion that floats somewhere between punk and country music. “Can’t Take It With You” adds a backing choir who evoke gospel motifs. The characters in these songs are, as one title implies, “Diamond In the Rough.” They’ve been to hell or jail and back. Much like Ness’ hero, Johnny Cash, the music is fused with a strong sense of mortality.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mike Ness is Social Distortion. Guitarist Jonny Wickersham returns on guitar and the rhythm section of bassist Brent Harding and session drummer Josh Freese keeps things tight and focused, but this is the Mike Ness show. It’s primarily his songs and it’s his vocals that identify these tunes. His snarl grants great empathy to the Wickersham co-write “Far Side of Nowhere,” a driving sorrow to the cover of Hank Williams’ “Alone and Forsaken” and a defiant pride to “Still Alive.” The guitars are pure Social Distortion as they buckle behind with a crunchy distortion that floats somewhere between punk and country music. “Can’t Take It With You” adds a backing choir who evoke gospel motifs. The characters in these songs are, as one title implies, “Diamond In the Rough.” They’ve been to hell or jail and back. Much like Ness’ hero, Johnny Cash, the music is fused with a strong sense of mortality.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

Eric Graves ,

Mike Ness. All hail the king

I've grown up with Social D. From high school to midlife crisis. Social D has matured with me and sings the songs from my hatred to my heart. Ness sings The Story of Our Lives. Buy this album and continue the journey.

CJscott12 ,

UM, on the fence

I have been a Social D fan since the early 80's and man this one just doesn't do it for me. It's ok, but kind of boring. The songs all sound very similar and none of them jump out and grab you. I will listen some more and maybe it'll grow on me, but for now Three stars.

Judyjosh ,

Social D

Este album esta de pocas tuercas!
Soy fan SD desde los 90s y lo seguire siendo siempre!

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