Social Distortion
Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll


2.0
poor

Review

by burton.and.gas USER (18 Reviews)
July 1st, 2007 | 19 replies | 2,830 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fairly unoriginal southern fried punk from old school guys who've been on the scene for a while.

0 of 1 thought this review was well written

Ok, so it's called "Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll" which, and I’m sure many of you will agree, screams cliché. I'll tell you something about this album; it never really beats back that initial impression. Now I know that there are a few hardcore Social D fans probably reading this review, and there' probably nothing I can say that will make the most strong minded ones change their minds, but it seemed like a good idea to review this from my p.o.v anyway.

When I give this album a listen, even now, something young inside of me probably makes me enjoy the initial energy presented by the opener "Reach for the Sky". It possesses a vaguely southern style of punk and has a rockabilly feel to it. But, all in all, the person music has made me become is annoyed at Mike Ness’s (this is correct grammar btw, tis a proper noun) over obvious lyrics with weak rhymes such as "Reach for the sky, I ain't ever gonna die" and "You can run, you can hide, just like Bonnie and Clyde". The predictable structure and old-styled riff hardly helps.

Things hardly get better as "Highway 101" begins. We're treated to a slow down of pace in the form of a punk ballad, about a highway dear to Ness's heart. The same southern fried punk is offered but more slowly, with clichéd lyrics coming out again, which have faux-romantic rhymes such as "I can still hear the mission bells and the train rollin' through your town, gonna leave this world behind, we're southern California bound." In general, this follows the suit of being slightly pretentious and nothing original.

This pattern continues with the tracks "Don't Take me for Granted" and "Footprints on my Ceiling" which posesses similar clichés. "Footprints..." adds a Hammond Organ and an "epic" guitar solo for the sake of giving it a more "slow song" feel but this hardly makes this album feel more exciting.

However my younger self once again presents itself in the fact that I enjoy both "Nickels and Dimes" and "I Wasn't Born to follow". "Nickels..." has a sing along character which includes a chorus made up of repeated "yeah"s and "na"s and the usual obvious rhyming couplets and I guess in this case, I find it nice to hear, enjoyable in a relaxing style. "I Wasn't Born to Follow" has rebellious lyrics which sort of make me feel 14 again. This is a double edged sword, as the track is enjoyable but I feel like it would make a lot more sense to me if I was still 14. I don't think this is necessarily because I’ve matured but because Social D don't sound as fresh as they once did (I bought this CD at 16 incidentally).

However from this point the remaining tracks follow a similar pattern as the first tracks I noted, they are quite unremarkable. The only real exception to this is the highly unoriginal semi-acoustic ballad "Winners and Losers".

Now I'm aware that this review may sound a bit slanted, sort of a like a guy who only likes weird music criticizing an album that's not trying to be weird for not trying to be weird. However, I think that it's more of a case of this album lacking freshness or originality. The better tracks, all 3 of them, show that these guys have plenty of energy, but it has lost shine compared to other tracks/albums by them I have heard and enjoyed. In general this album sounds like the band were trying to mature or something but lost a level of substance, however it should be noted I'm no Social D fanatic.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Aficionado
July 1st 2007



1027 Comments


I agree with this review. This album is actually nothing to write home about and I don't see the fuss around it.

You need to edit this review as there are alot of strange typos and grammatical errors.

burton.and.gas
July 1st 2007



641 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I've just given it a check over grammatically. shoudl be ok now

burton.and.gas
July 1st 2007



641 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

it's wierd i've jsu tedited this but it cut half of it out, but now it says it is there in my edit section.

burton.and.gas
July 1st 2007



641 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

damn it it won't work out!

Fort23
July 1st 2007



2474 Comments


It's a good almost review. So far, I agree with you

Intransit
July 1st 2007



2797 Comments


You have to have the worst typing skills of anyone on this entire site.

Two-Headed Boy
July 1st 2007



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ehh since your review got cut off I'll just judge your opinion of this album as terrible.This Message Edited On 07.01.07

blackmilk
July 1st 2007



584 Comments


You are the best reviewer on the site. I don't know why you aren't on staff.

tom79
July 1st 2007



3362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No way a 2. After 25 years Ness can still write great rock tunes. The only thing thats a bit weak here is Mike's voice. Maybe try fixing your review too.

Ehh, thats all I'm saying.

Digging: Braid - No Coast

Rise Me Up
July 1st 2007



8 Comments


I think this is a great album. Wouldn't have hurt to have went a little more in depth with your review either.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
July 1st 2007



3760 Comments


Was this meant to be this sort and useless or was it actually cut off?

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

MrKite
July 2nd 2007



5020 Comments


Just get this one deleted and re-submit it.

burton.and.gas
July 2nd 2007



641 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

sorry gusy im gonna re-submit it soon, if a mod would kindly delete this for me. The new one should be up quite soon. This Message Edited On 07.02.07

burton.and.gas
July 2nd 2007



641 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

ah there we go it's finally worked! No need to delete now! This Message Edited On 07.02.07

nickpcharrette
July 2nd 2007



110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

as tom79 said i disagree with a 2 rating and Ness still writes great songs. dont take me for granted and winners and losers are great

Mr_Coffee
July 3rd 2007



631 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Only a 2?

Mike Ness is one of the best songwritters out there. Just check out Don't Take Me For Granted and Angel's Wings (co-written by Jonny Wickersham).

PhoenixRising
July 18th 2007



277 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Although far from a classic... a 2??? are you effing kidding me???

Not an awful review, just a different opinion i guess...

ninjuice
November 5th 2007



6759 Comments


You must have had some stuff wrong with this when it got the neg vote, or someone just doesn't like you giving SD a 2.
Good review, I'm still gonna go and listen to some of this band, and I'm betting I'll enjoy it.

Digging: Robin Skouteris - The King of ArtPOP

burton.and.gas
December 20th 2007



641 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

^it's nice to see a reasoned opinion here, i think you're right about whoever knocked me down one.



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